A Test

followFollow Me: Love[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 16:4[2]

I’ve heard Christian attribute sickness, car accidents, marriage problems, and their lust for ungodly things as God testing them to see if they would sin. I doubt any of those things were a test from God. God cannot be tempted by evil and he does not tempt anyone to sin.[3]

God tested the church in the wilderness with a simple instruction to see if they would obey him. He told the church to collect enough manna for one day every morning. On the sixth day, they must collect double because God wanted them to rest.

The results of the manna gathering give us insight into God’s nature. The people gathered different amounts, but they left the measuring tent with the one omer (a little over a quart) they needed for one day. The person who gathered too much left the measuring tent with one omer per family member and those who gathered too little left the measuring tent with one omer per family member.

God wants everyone to have what they need for one day. The people who ate less than they needed and went to bed hungry were greeted with a stench the follow morning. Suffering lack gained them nothing. God did not want them to eat leftovers the next day. He gave them fresh bread every morning.

Moses was angry with the people who created a stench in the camp, but that does not mean God was angry. We do not hear God object until the seventh day. Some of the people went out to gather manna but there was none. They arose early to work when they could have slept late. This time God asked why the people refuse to keep his commandments, but there is nothing in his words that indicate anger.

Today, Christians treat the Sabbath day as a day to attended church and fellowship with friends. God treated the Sabbath day as a day to stay home with family. He said, “[E]very man remain in his place; let no man leave his place on the seventh day.”[4]

God’s test and commands are exactly what Jesus said they are: An easy yoke and a light burden.[5]


[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] James 1:13-15

[4] Exodus 16:29

[5] Matthew 11:30

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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