September 24, 2023

A44: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (2023)

Daniel Glaze

How quickly we forget! The Israelites had just been freed from bondage in Egypt by crossing the Red Sea on dry land, escaping the pursuing Egyptian army, who drowned when the walls of water crashed back on top of them when they tried to cross behind the Israelites. Now the Israelites, instead of praising God and celebrating their newfound freedom, complain because they perceive that they have been brought out into the wilderness to starve to death. In today’s passage, Exodus 16:2-15, the Rev. Dr. Daniel E. Glaze, pastor of River Road Church, Baptist, in Richmond, Virginia, says, “God does not punish the Israelites. The people complain against God, and God responds with generosity. While the people complain with bitterness, God responds by providing.” God provided Manna and it “became symbolic for the very real and physical ways God cared for the Israelites. It was an every-day-for-40-years miracle in which God provided what they needed.” Glaze says that he believes the “Manna miracle continues to this day.” Are you willing to open your eyes, heart, and hands to receive it?

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