The Declaration of Dependence
Exodus 16:16-21 :
This is the thing which Yahweh has commanded: “Gather of it everyone according to his eating; an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, you shall take it,
every man for those who are in his tent.” The children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. When they measured it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing over,
and he who gathered little had no lack. They gathered every man according to his eating. Moses said to them, “Let no one leave of it until the morning.”
Notwithstanding they didn’t listen to Moses, but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and became foul: and Moses was angry with them.
They gathered it morning by morning, everyone according to his eating. When the sun grew hot, it melted.
God told Israel that they were to take just enough Manna to eat for one day and no more. If they had any left over, they were to dispose of it. This was a pretty good deal.
This was ancient fast-food. Each person would get what they needed and they were full every single day. God was directly taking care of their physical needs with a thing that
no one knew what it was.
Where there's a rule, there's violation because mankind is sinful and
rebellious. Right away, the people gathered more than they needed and left some for later. God made Manna
such that it would become infested with worms by moring and stink unless it was left outside to melt. The smell must have made it pretty obvious that the people in the camp had
attempted to save Manna for the next day. Moses was mad about it and I believe that God was angry too even though I am sure He was not surprised.
The Manna represents God's gift and salvation. It demonstrates a very important principle that is often reversed in religion. As His people, God expects us to depend on
Him from day-to-day. He doesn't want us to use our own efforts to store up and help ourselves in such a way as to depend on our own provisions. God wants us to stay
dependent. In a sense, this illustrates that fact that as God's children, we are not to grow out of childhood. God wants us to stay dependent and this goes against what we may
naturally think in this world.
Everyday we are to expect Him to take care of us and never attempt to do it on our own. If so, our power will be ruined and our efforts will stink.