Proper 20, Year A, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Exodus 16:2-15
The Israelites and Moses have just walked through the Red Sea on dry ground, they have survived and witnessed a miracle and are now journeying in the wilderness areas of Shur and Elim. Our story picks up as they are in between Elim and Sinai in the wilderness, hungry and asking for bread and meat. One chapter earlier, God provided them with water, and yet now farther on their journey, they seem to forget that and be complaining again, asking Moses if he brought them out here to die. Wondering if they would have been better off in Egypt where they were at least fed and given drink. (Oh, how quickly they forget their slavery and the conditions that surrounded them. So now, they challenge Moses. The Lord responds to Moses with our scripture today.