Exodus 16:16 This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Gather as much (manna/bread) as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’ ” 17 The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
Here is a comment I wrote some years ago about this text:
“This passage is what informs Jesus’ prayer “give us today our daily bread”. There was always enough for everyone, but there was not an overflow. They did not need to store it up in barns. If they did, it spoiled. We are to gather what we need on a given day, then ask again the next day. We often don’t like to operate that way, but that’s how the Kingdom works. “
Heavenly Father, you know it is hard for us to trust you for daily bread. Our scarcity mindset compels us to store up provision in “barns”, just in case. Give us grace to trust you, to be generous, even when it appears we may not have enough. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
P.S., still sick. Chest junk. Thank you for your prayers.