Bible Background – Week 6

Safely out of the hands of their Egyptian captors, the Israelites find themselves wandering in the wilderness. Recently escaped from slavery, the Israelites have not yet learned a new life of freedom in any other context, much less in the wilderness. Despite God’s power that the Israelites witnessed in Egypt and despite God’s delivering them safely from Pharaoh’s army, the people still cannot imagine themselves as free and under God’s care.

What is more important: food or freedom? The Israelites complain to Moses that they’d be better off in slavery eating bread while the Egyptians eat meat than being free in the wilderness and hungry. The quail and manna God provides for them to eat shows that food and freedom are not traded off against one another. The Israelites gathered manna in the morning. When they measured what was gathered, each had what was needed. Contrary to the distribution of food under Egyptian slavery, God’s food in the wilderness provided bread and meat for all according to their need.

When God calls us out of enslavement to new lives of freedom, God does not abandon us to learn new ways on our own. New living takes new learning. New choices teach new discernment. Freedom takes practice. A new way of life is made up of many, many new ways of thinking, doing, and being. Reliance on God’s provision along the path that God calls us is how we manage to make our way to a new way of life.

DUE TO THE WEATHER AND CONTINUED RAIN IN THE FORECAST OUTDOOR WORSHIP IS CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7PM