Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/01/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 527: Anything But Manna
When God delivered the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, God provided manna for them to eat in the desert.
Like Adam and Eve, they began to doubt God as their loving father and provider. In their view, God was not enough.
Soon they rebelled against Him. They had a strong craving for meat. Numbers 11:4 God promised to provide fresh manna each day, but they hoarded it, just in case God didn’t deliver.
Exodus 16 explains that God was testing them, to see if they would obey Him. Instead they complained that God had sent them into the desert to starve to death.
They were not satisfied with God; they thought they deserved better.
They actually preferred slavery in Egypt under a cruel Pharaoh, rather than a perfect Father who loved them and faithfully provided their needs. Numbers 11:18
They remembered all the free food in Egypt: the variety, the spices. Now all they had was manna.
Numbers 11:5-6 They demonstrated what was most important to them: their appetite.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.