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Sunday favorites December 18, 2011

Exodus 16:14-18

When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: “Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.” ’

The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed.

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  • Anonymous

    When you read things like this, it’s really, really hard to argue for the form of capitalism we have in the U.S. today–a toxic form of capitalism so pervasive, it extends even to our churches.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I’ve never seen a “naturalistic” interpretation of this passage. I an genuinely interested with what they can come up with, because I would like to try some edible dew.

  • One possibility is that it was honeydew — a waste product produced by aphids and scale insects that feed on sap, and have to consume far more water and carboydrates than they can actually use in order to get sufficient protein and micronutrients.  They excrete the excess, and as the water evaporates, concentrated carbohydrates (mainly simple sugars, but some soluble starch, too) are left.

  • “naturalistic” interpretation of this passage.

    I gather that there is also a tree in the region which produces a white fluffy edible stuff – a quick Google suggests the Tamarisk tree. “Writes Milgrom: “If the identification is correct, its ephemeral and undependable nature – appearing irregularly and only for several hours a day – would have stamped it as supernatural, originating in heaven. In Scripture, however, the food itself, as well as its appearance, is a miracle.”, really, the miracle here is the same as the miracle of the loaves and fishes – everyone had enough, no one had too much, even though this seems to go against human nature.

  • Anonymous

    Bah! God is a filthy socialist! They can pull up some Manna by their bootstraps, well sandal straps, if you ask me!