Yes, they spoke against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
I. THE NATURE AND IMPORT OF THE QUESTION. It is not the language of faith, but of doubt, distrust and unbelief.
II. THE RESOURCES OF GOD.
1. As the God of Nature. "The heavens declare the glory of God," etc.
2. As the God of providence. To the Christian believer this doctrine is an unmixed source of Divine consolation. He believes that the same providing mind which bestowed "the unspeakable gift " is engaged to supply his daily bread.
3. As the God of grace — enlightening, preventing, convincing, justifying, sanctifying and comforting and strengthening grace.
III. A GOD INFINITE IN HIS RESOURCES, AS HE IS ABLE, IS ALSO WILLING TO COMMUNICATE HIS BLESSINGS TO HIS NEEDY CREATURES. He is a sun of brightness and a sea of fulness.
IV. THERE IS AS MUCH WISDOM, MERCY AND GOODNESS IN WHAT HE WITHHOLDS as in what He gives. The state of probation allotted to the Christian is of a mixed character. The brightest clay has the pillar of a cloud, and the darkest night a pillar of fire. The unmixed wine of the kingdom is reserved for the kingdom. The withheld mercies of our God are frequently blessings in disguise, so disguised that only the eye of faith can see through it.
(W. B. Browne.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?