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 LORD'S FAITHFULNESS.
1. Their varied need was met. Flesh as well as bread was given. God gives us richly all things to enjoy.
2. They came in the order and at the time God said they would come. The evening brought the quails - the morning the manna. Nothing failed of all that he had promised.
3. They were given in abundance. The quails "covered the camp;" of the manna they "had no lack." There is princely bounty with God for all who trust in him. He gives richly, even where he has made no covenant: he fills "men's hearts with food and gladness." How much more then will he bless those whom he has pledged himself to sustain!
II. THE SPIRIT OF THOSE WHO ARE THUS FED FROM GOD'S TABLE.
1. They wait on him. The supply he sends is only for the day, and he is trusted for the days that are to follow. They do not refuse to pass on further upon the wilderness path, because they do not see at the beginning all the needed provision for the way.
2. They obey God's call to toil.
(1) They "gathered" of it every man according to his eating."
(2) They did not miss the opportunity God gave them. "When the sun waxed hot it melted;" and they therefore gathered it "in the morning." Be "not slothful in business."
III. ISRAEL'S FAITHLESSNESS.
1. In attempting to save themselves from the toil which God commanded, they kept the manna for next day's use in defiance of the command to preserve none of it till the morning (Ver. 27).
2. In refusing to rest on the Sabbath. The contradiction and wilfulness of unbelief: it hoards to be able to abstain from toil, and refuses to obey God's command to rest.
3. Public indifference to the existence of sin. These things were done by a few only; but they called forth no public condemnation or holy fear of God's anger. The Christian community which does not mourn the sin abounding in its midst has itself no living trust in God. - U.
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.