Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 16

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Ayin -eye; spiritual insight

Sh'mot 16:1 Then they set out from Eilim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Seen (Sin), which is between Eilim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt.

Sinai - This is Mount Sinai also known as Mount Horeb.

Sh'mot 16:2-3 And the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moshe and Aharon in the wilderness. And the sons of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the L-rd's hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

This illustrates to us the importance of trusting in HaShem. If you don't have trust in HaShem you shall not enter the Promised Land. If you don't trust in Yeshua you will not enter His rest (peace). You will not escape the wrath of G-d in the future either. This is a higher meaning concerning the Shabbat rest.

Israel is again "the type" that points to the real deal. While being led by the Spirit to fast for 40 days and nights in the wilderness, Yeshua became hungry. Instead of grumbling when hungry, Yeshua responded to the tempter by quoting scripture and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of G-d. (Matt. 4:4)

Sh'mot 16:4-7 Then the L-RD said to Moshe, "look, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may TEST them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. And it will come about on the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily." So Moshe and Aharon said to all the sons of Israel, "At evening you will know that the L-RD has brought you out of the land of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the glory of the L-RD, for He hears your grumblings against the L-RD; and what are we, that you grumble against us?"

The L-rd never fails us. He has promised to supply our needs. If you lost your job and go hungry could you still trust in HaShem?

Tehillim (Psalms) 37:25 I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his descendants begging bread.

Phillipians 4:19-20 And my G-d shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus).

Sh'mot 16:8 And Moshe said, "This will happen when the L-RD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the L-RD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the L-RD."

Elaine here: Whenever I read this story I never understood how they could grumble after having G-d miraculously deliver them from Egypt. I thought I would never have complained. Then I was on a study tour of Israel, (this is where Darryl and I met) and the class had a field trip to the Negev (the south of Israel) and it was a hot summer day. The professor took us on a hike in the desert to see Solomon's Copper mines. After walking for about 15 minutes in the blazing sun he announced that, this was the wrong spot, we need to go back to the bus and look for the copper mines at a different location. As I walked back to the bus, grumbling against the professor all the way, I thought of this story and understood COMPLETELY why the Israelites grumbled.

When we complain about our circumstances we are complaining against G-d. It is easy to grumble, it is much harder to be content with what G-d has given us.

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. NAS

Sh'mot 16:9-12 Then Moshe said to Aharon, "Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, 'Come near before the L-RD, for He has heard your grumblings.'" And it came about as Aharon spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and look, the glory of the L-RD appeared in the cloud. And the L-RD spoke to Moshe, saying, "I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the L-RD your G-d.'"

The glory of the L-RD appeared in the cloud - This is Ruach HaKodesh.