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Please join us Sunday, August 2, 2015, for our 8:20 am or 11:00 am worship service. The message, given by Pastor Joshua Baumann is titled "Through God's Eyes: Grumbling from Earth, Bread from Heaven" based Exodus 16:12. Click to read the service bulletin.
In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.” Exodus 16:13–15
God had wonderfully rained down blessing upon the Israelites by sending Moses to lead them from slavery in Egypt, through the sea, to freedom. Yet, as soon as difficulties arose, the people grumbled against Moses and Aaron. Their grumbling went even deeper, for it was really grumbling against God. Some things never change! God wonderfully rains down blessing upon us, bringing us from the slavery of sin and death to a whole new life through the waters of Baptism. Yet when difficulties arise, we grumble and complain. We think our complaining is just a little thing or against people we do not like, yet many times it is ultimately against God. God’s response to the Israelites was to keep being who He is and keep doing what He does; He rained down manna and quail on them. This was not to reward their complaining but to move them to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. So God today rains down on us the bread of life, the body and blood of Christ. This is not so that we will complain all the more, but so that we, too, would thank, praise, serve, and obey Him.