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The Provisions of God

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250px-Tissot_The_Gathering_of_the_Manna_(color)When times get tough and we yearn for the familiar, does it even seem like God is providing for us?  Join us as Pastor Paul answers that question and show us that what God provides is both humbling and comforting.

Scripture:

Exodus 16:2-5; 9-15

2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of God in the land of Egypt, when we sat and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”  4Then God said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and follow my instruction or not. 5On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.”

9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to God, for he has heard your complaining.'”  10And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of God appeared in the cloud.  11God spoke to Moses and said, 12“I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am your God.'”  13In the evening quails came up and covered the camp.  14When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.  15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”  For they did no know what it was.  Moses said to them, “It is the bread that God has given you to eat.”