Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.
Exodus 16:4, NIV
Just imagine, for a moment, that it is raining bread outside right now! We got to see this! We run outside and and are pelted with rye, and caraway and pumpernickel. Bread! Its everywhere, all you want, just pick it up. It piles up like a yeasty hail, and it doesn’t seem to diminish, its everywhere! We call the kids, ‘Bring buckets, and clean garbage bags’!
God has directly intervened in the life of Israel. He becomes the exclusive producer of manna to the children of Israel. He decides to give, and then He pelts them with His goodness– bread, delicious bread, fresh and warm, and they say it comes from heaven! This is the ultimate! BREAD! This is far beyond anything I could imagine.
But if we clear away the piles, and draw near to those whom we assume know something, we will be struck by a sense of the reality of God. The others grab on the basic idea; but we are shaken, to the core. We come out, clinging to a God who loves us and intensely cares for us. ‘He is real, and He loves us!” And all others can see– are the piles and piles of bread.
God has done something drastic, something right ‘on the edge of reason’. We encounter Him, (or He encounters us) and we get involved, whether we like it or not. The decision will be a foundational and a concrete one. It really is much, much more than bread from heaven. But will we connect the dots?
Even though we see the supernatural bread piling up, we need to be aware we are being ‘tested’. So much of this test, really isn’t one at all. It’s the sixth day that catches us. Do we, who have become dependent on this supernatural supply, trust Him to provide on the Sabbath? Maybe He will he just ‘blink-out’ and leave us hanging? Maybe we should gather more, before He fails us?
We have to come to this clear and classic place. I believe it is the real starting point. Exactly how will you accept “free bread”? Will I honor Him through it all? (We are being ‘tested’ folks. We are on the ‘clock’.) The rub comes when we just don’t see it. We turn, not so much as to reject what is obvious, but to take on that which is authentic. If we will just do this, we will pass the test.