And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.…
I. THE TEMPORAL ASPECT OF PROVIDENCE.
1. Providence is always timely in its assistance. Never too soon, never too late; never before the time, never after the time. Forgetting this, we bring upon ourselves no end of trouble by being over-anxious for the morrow.
2. Providence is always ample in its resources. There were many mouths to be filled and voracious appetites to be satisfied, and yet we have not heard that the supply failed for a single morning. You remember reading in the account of the Franco-Prussian war, that the army of Napoleon
III. loitered for days on the banks of the Rhine, when they ought to have advanced into the heart of Germany. What was the cause of this fatal delay? Want of provision; the commissariat was inadequate to supply the demands of three hundred thousand soldiers, and at Sedan the campaign proved disastrous to the empire. "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly... bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." Providence is conditional in its method of support. God rained down manna from heaven in small grain, like coriander seed, not in ready-made loaves. "Society," says Emerson, "expects every man to find his own loaf." God expects it too.
II. THE SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF PROVIDENCE. "See that the Lord hath given you the Sabbath, therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days."
1. Its value as a day of rest for the body is very great.
2. Its importance as a day for spiritual contemplation and holy delight is incalculable.
III. THE HISTORICAL ASPECT OF PROVIDENCE. "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 wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness."
1. The omer full of manna was meant to teach coming generations the greatness of God's power and the faithfulness of His promise. "Power belongeth unto God" as it belongeth to no other being, because it is absolute and independent. This is what makes His promises "exceeding great and precious," that He has abundance of resources to make good His word to man.
2. The omer full of manna was meant to teach coming generations the evil of hoarding up covetously the bounties of Providence.
(W. A. Griffiths.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
WEB: It happened at evening that quail came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp.