I was at a rodeo a few years back. Part of the entertainment was a trick rider. We watched for ten minutes as he started with simple tricks and built slowly to more complex maneuvers. Eventually the show climaxed with something really big. We cheered and clapped, and he did a victory lap soaking up the approval. Then as he headed for the exit, he suddenly swerved back into the arena and began a two minute routine that was miles beyond anything he had done before.
Clearly he had been toying with us, leading us to believe that each new step up in his initial routine was near the edge of his competence, when all the while he had a massive reserve of resources we had not even imagined, much less asked for.
God did the same with the manna. The Hebrews with their deeply entrenched spirit of slavery were rewriting history as they celebrated how good life as slaves was. The issue of the moment was food.
God expressed His displeasure over the whining, said He would provide for them beyond their expectations and added that He would expose their spirit of slavery by setting up some simple parameters that they would not follow.
That night there was quail (miraculously) and the next day there was manna – something new, not even imagined by the newly freed slaves, still stuck in their slavery.
They had to come to terms with the short shelf life of this new uber-organic food, but by the end of the week, there was a settled routine as they adapted to a new regimen. Fresh every day.
Suddenly the news came – gather double on Friday and cook it for leftovers on Saturday. Some did. Some referenced the recent maggot problem and didn’t.
Manna itself was such a stunning innovation, it really did not seem imaginable that God would have Manna Type A and Manna Type B. One had a shelf life of 12 hours and the other 36.
But, sometime later, God introduced Manna Type C – it had absolutely no expiration date – just like the Ten Commandments.
I would love to put all three under a microscope and see what technology God used. Did He change a single atom or molecule from one to the other? Or did He radically re-engineer each one and they only looked similar on the outside.
I just know it wasn’t a challenge for Him.
When our cosmos was completed, He was not out of ideas. Whether it is creating a whole new cosmos (which He will do) or a city of translucent gold (which He will do) or tweaking the formula for manna, what we have seen of God so far is simply chump change the residual sparks of the afterglow of His glory which He showed Moses. There is more to God than we could ever imagine – and that calls for worship.
Copyright January 2016 by Arthur Burk
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