Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we continued our Lent Series looking at Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.
It’s interesting to note that God’s response carries no sense of rebuke or judgement. Moses and Aaron are quick to point out, you have complained against God, not us, but God’s response is to meet the need by providing what the people lack, giving them the daily bread that will satisfy them.
What is easy to overlook is that God provides more than just quail and bread. He also gives them work to do, in gathering it, both morning and evening, and at the same time, he gives them rest, by providing twice as much on the sixth day.
These rhythms of morning and evening and of work and rest are echoes of the creation narrative. And that leads commentators to suggest that this is a key story in the formation (or creation and re-creation) of the Exodus generation as God’s people.
For it is in the wilderness, day by day, as they go out to gather what God provides, and week by week, as they rest on the seventh day, believing that he has provided enough the day before, it is in the wilderness that they will learn what it means to trust in God.
[Reflecting on Luke 4.1-13 and Exodus 16.1-36]