The Israelites in the Wilderness.

On their journey through the desert, it didn’t take long before the Israelites became resentful, and they complained to Moses and Aaron: “If God has brought us on this journey and freed us from the Egyptians where we at least had food, why then does He allow us to starve?”

In their forgetfulness, the Israelites did not remember the cruel treatments which they’ve suffered under their old masters in Egypt. “We would rather have died in Egypt than die of starvation out in the middle of nowhere.” The Israelites turned on Moses and Aaron, but the Lord God heard their cries, and in His mercy, the Lord said to Moses,” I will give my people bread to eat, and they may go out to gather the hunt which I will supply for them. I will provide them with enough to eat every day, but on the sixth day I shall bless them twice as much, for on the seventh day it will be the Sabbath – the day of rest, and no man shall be allowed to go looking for food to gather”. Moses went on to relay the message to God’s people.

The following morning after the dew has begun to melt, the Israelites were confused by the bread scattered all around them, then Moses said: “Our Lord God has kept His promise to His children. He has heard your complaints and has provided you with bread to eat – let no man gather more than he requires to feed himself and his family. Whatever you gather may not be stored away for tomorrow for it will mold and stink and worms will infest it. Only on the sixth day will you be permitted to gather twice your needs for God has promised to bless the food and preserve it for the next day – the day of Sabbath when there will be none supplied.”

In the evenings the Israelites saw flocks of birds gathering on the ground. The birds did not fly away, and the Israelites gathered as many as they needed to supply their families with meat. Every day this continued.

On the seventh day, some of the Israelites did not listen to Moses, they went out to gather and look for more food, and found there wasn’t any. This made God unhappy. His people did not listen, and they did not keep God’s commandments and His laws. The Israelites did not trust God’s promise.

The journey through the desert continued, and once again the Israelites started complaining to Moses and Aaron. “The desert is hot. We have been walking for hours without a drop of water, for there is no water to be found out in these wastelands.”

Moses looked at the people standing in front of him and asked them: “Why do you keep turning on me and why do you tempt the Lord your God when He has been so merciful and kind?”

The Israelites once again asked Moses and Aaron: “Why did God bring us out of Egypt to kill us as well as our children and livestock?” God was displeased with the lack of faith from his people, and still, He was kind. He told Moses to take up his walking stick and stand before the Israelites once again. God said to Moses: “I will be with you when you speak to my people. You must hit the rock which I will show you, and from it, water will flow so my people may drink.”

Moses did as God told him. Water poured from the rock after it was struck and the people danced with joy.

God spoke to Moses and Moses did as God asked of him. During their journey through the desert, God also gave the Israelites victory over their enemies in battle.


The meaning of words:

Journey – to travel on a trip

Resentful – to feel annoyed or to dislike someone

Forgetfulness – to forget

Sabbath – Sunday, a day of rest

Commandment –an instructions or order

Tempt – to sweet talk or convince someone otherwise

Merciful – to forgive someone

Moral of the story:

God saw that the Israelites were being poorly treated by the Egyptians. He felt their pain and decided to free them from Egypt. He led them through the desert and promised to look after them, but whenever things got a little difficult, instead of praying to God and asking him for food or water, the Israelites became angry and turned on God. They did not remember everything God has done for them before but chose to focus only on their own needs. God became unhappy with them and still decided to supply them with food, give them water to drink when they needed it, and fought their battles against their enemies for them. God in his mercy and love continued to look after his people in the desert despite their disobedience and lack of trust.

Our God is great. He promises to look after us always, to provide for our every need and to bless us beyond our greatest wishes if only we trust in Him and obey his commandments. God loves us dearly. Even when we are going through hard times, he hears our prayers and looks into our hearts. He wants to give us everything we deserve and so much more if only we would trust in Him completely!

Questions and Answers.

Q. Who did the Israelites escape from?

A. The Egyptians.

Q. What was the first need of the people in the desert?

A. They needed food.

Q. What was the second need of the people in the desert?

A.  Water.

Q.  Who did God choose to speak for him to the people in the desert?

A.  Moses and Aaron.

Q.  What did Moses strike the rock with?

A.  His rod.

Q.  What came out of the rock?

A.  Water

Q.  What did God send to supply the people with meat?

A.  Quails. (birds)

Q.  What was the bread called that fell from the sky?

A.  Manna.

Verses of the day.

Exodus 16: 2 – 3

And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh that we had died by the hand of the Lord in Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Exodus 16: 5, 8

5. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

8. Also, Moses said: “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us, but against the Lord.”

Exodus 16: 16, 19, 20

16. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: “let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person; let every man take for those who are in his tent.”

19. And Moses said: “Let no one leave any of it till morning.”

20. Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.

Exodus 16: 23 – 24

Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: “Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.” So they laid it up till morning as Moses commanded; it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.

Exodus 17: 1 – 3

Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord. Therefore the people contended with Moses and said: “Give us water that we may drink.” So Moses said to them; “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord.” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said: “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

 Exodus 17: 6

“Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it that the people may drink.”

Exodus 17: 11 – 13

And so it was when Moses held up his hands that Israel prevailed, and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.


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