Chapter 36



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(John 6:41)  The Jews then murmured [Gk: grumbled] at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

(Exo 16:1-3)  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin [what does this speak of? Please note the “wild”], which is between Elim [Heb: palm trees] and [Mount] Sinai [where was this wilderness located?], on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured [1,2] against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger [the strongest, most basic, and most frequent of our natural desires].

1.       murmured = Gk: to stop (usually over night); by impl. to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (espec. in words, to complain):--abide (all night), grudge, murmur, remain, tarry.

2.       murmur = Dict: 1. any low, continuous sound, as of a brook, the wind, trees, etc., or of low indistinct voices. 2. a mumbled or private expression of discontent. [complaining]

(Exo 16:4,5)  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day [establishing the reins of obedience], that I may prove them [Heb: test] [in the sense of a fabricating or “proving” a sword], whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

(Exo 16:6-8)  And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings [2x] against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur [3x] against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings [4x] which ye murmur [5x] against him: and what are we? your murmurings [6x] are not against us, but against the LORD.

(Exo 16:9-13)  And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings [7x]. And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud [the pillar of fire by night, and the pillar of cloud by day]. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings [8x] of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread [to “eat” vs. “be filled”]; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered [1] the camp: and in the morning the dew [2] lay [3] round about the host.

1.       covered = Heb: to plump, i.e. fill up hollows; by impl. to cover (for clothing or secrecy):--clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. [with flesh, as we ourselves are]

2.       dew = Heb: dew (as covering vegetation):--dew /// to strew over, i.e. (by impl.) to cover in or plate (with beams):--cover. [with moisture, i.e., water]

3.       lay = Heb: a lying down (of dew, or for the sexual act):-- X carnally, copulation, X lay, seed.

(Exo 16:14,15)  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face [anthropomorphism] of the wilderness there lay a small round thing [the fruit of the dew copulating with the host, i.e., the babe Jesus], as small [“a still [Heb: quiet, calm] small voice” 1 Ki 19:12] as the hoar frost [1] on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna [2]: for they wist [Heb: discerned, perceived, understood] not what it was [i.e., a type and shadow of Jesus Christ]. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

1.      hoar frost = Heb: a cover, i.e. (by impl.) a tankard (or covered goblet); also white frost (as covering the ground):--bason, hoar (-y) frost. [white is a symbol of sinless purity]

2.       manna = Heb: lit. a whatness (so to speak), i.e. manna (so called from the question about it):--manna ///  interrog. what? (includ. how? why? when?); but also exclam. what! (includ. how!), or indef. what (includ. whatever) why.

(Exo 16:16-21)  This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating [i.e., reading], an omer [“the tenth part of an ephah” Exo 16:36. What is the significance of “the tenth part”?] for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents [who was assigned (ordained) to gather the manna?]. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less [why?]. And when they did mete it [Heb: measure it] with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not [they failed the test of obedience] unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred [Heb: raised up, exalted, proud] worms [Heb: maggots], and stank [1,2,3]: and Moses was wroth [very very angry] with them. And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating [3x]: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

1.       stank = Heb: to smell bad; fig. to be offensive morally:--(make to) be abhorred (had in abomination, loathsome, odious), (cause a, make to) stink (-ing savour), X utterly.

2.       (Prov 25:16)  Hast thou found honey? [a symbol of the Word of God, Exo 16:31] eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

3.       (Prov 25:27)  It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

(Exo 16:22-26)  And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe [Heb: boil] that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein [signifying their obedience]. And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it [chewing the cud: meditation]; but on the seventh day [regurgitation: preaching (symbolic of resurrection)], which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.

(Exo 16:27-30)  And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? [those failed the test of obedience] See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.  So the people rested on the seventh day.

(Exo 16:31)  And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was like coriander seed [1], white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

1.       coriander = Heb: (in the sense of cutting); coriander seed (from its furrows) /// to crowd; also to gash (as if by pressing into):--assemble (selves by troops), gather (selves in troops). [circumcision of sin]

(Exo 16:32-36)  And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread [1] wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations. As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept [in the ark of the covenant]. And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years [2], until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan [i.e., the Promised Land]. Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.

1.       (John 20:29)  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

2.      Commentary: “And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years.” Their pilgrimage, was a type and shadow of our pilgrimage from Egypt, the land of the unsaved, into the Promised Land. Our awareness (discernment) of Jesus Christ is still only a type and shadow to us, although greatly amplified from our Old Testament understanding, because we do not as yet know His fullness, for we have not yet fully entered into the Promised Land, i.e., died and gone to Heaven.

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