It is vital that we spend time in God’s Word.
But it’s not always easy.
We read a chapter and we don’t know what to get out of it or even how to start to understand it.
I thought I could try to help you get a little something out of what you are reading by providing you with some questions to ask as you look at the text. Good questions are a good start to understanding. Sometimes there will be more questions, sometimes less.
You can do this!
So, get a notebook, a pen, your Bible, and if you would like some help, take some time to answer the questions, and you may be surprised by all God teaches you.
- How long has it been since the people of Israel were dramatically rescued from Egypt?
- What other miracle have they seen in this time?
- Where had God brought them to by the end of chapter 15? What was there?
- So, God has miraculously provided for them. He has led them to a place where they had what they needed. But now they are start moving again, and what are they doing?
- What do they say they wish had happened in verse 3?
- What are they saying their condition was like while they were in Egypt?
- Is that true? What does that tell you about complaining?
- What does God say he is going to do in verse 4? Think about that phrase! What picture comes into your mind when you hear that? How does that encourage you about God?
- God gives them specific instructions about how they are to retreive this bread, and why does he give them that command? What does he want to know about them?
- What does Moses say the people are going to see in verse 7?
- What does Moses tell you about the way he sees himself and God at the end of verse 7?
- Who ultimately were the people grumbling against then? What might this teach you about Christian leadership? Is there any lesson here?
- God is also using this to teach Israel that He is the Lord. What do you think this teaches them about God?
- They went out and gathered, but what amazing thing happened according to verse 18, no matter how much they gathered or how little?
- Moses tells them not to leave any until the morning. But how do they respond in verse 20 and what is the result?
- God wanted them to gather twice as much on the sixth day, and not to gather on the Sabbath. What were they to do on the Sabbath? Why did they rest on the Sabbath? Why was this so important? Think about what Israel was supposed to demonstrate the world. They were pointing people back to the Garden of Eden. What had happened on the seventh day in the Garden of Eden.
- But in spite of this instruction, what did people do on the seventh day in verse 27?
- What does God say in verse 28? What does this teach you about God?
- They are in the wilderness, and God is training them. First in chapter 15, he taught them they were supposed to diligently obey God’s commands and he would bless them. In chapter 16, he’s giving them a test to see if they will do that. To do that, they would need faith. But unfortunately, God’s saying, they just won’t obey.
- What did God have Moses do with some of the manna at the end of this chapter and why?
- How long did they eat this bread miraculously? When did it stop? Is there any insight you might gain here about miracles and the way God normally provides for His people?