Exodus 16: God Provides Satisfaction

In Exodus chapter 16, I thought that there is a very interesting parallel between the children of Israel collecting manna and the Feeding of the 5000.

Let me start with the passage from Exodus.

Exo 16:16  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.

Exo 16:17  And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

Exo 16:18  And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

Of course, people are not necessarily identical, so when people gathered in different amounts of manna, nobody was lacking.  Everyone was satisfied with the outcome.

Similarly, when Jesus performed His miracle and fed 5000 people, everyone was satisfied.

Mat 14:17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

Mat 14:18  He said, Bring them hither to me.

Mat 14:19  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Mat 14:20  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

Mat 14:21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

I think that what we can draw from these two stories is that God provides for people.  In fact, when we have taken the time that we should and really realize everything that God has provided us with, we can be satisfied.

If we try to be entirely satisfied with all of this stuff that we can purchase in the store, we’re definitely going to be disappointed.  All of our earthly possessions are limited.  However, we are given the assurance that the things of God will bring the satisfaction.

Psa 145:16  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

Psa 81:10  I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Overall, when we rely on God, we can be satisfied.  It is important to remember that satisfaction is one of those things without we cannot provide by ourselves. God is the giver of that gift.


About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

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