It’s an odd sounding little line seemingly tacked on to the end of Exodus chapter 16: “An omer is a tenth of an ephah.” By itself it doesn’t do very much until we read the story leading up to this.
Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt and into the wilderness. No longer are they slaves to the Egyptians and no longer are they forced to make bricks.
And no longer do they know what each new day brings them.
While they’re physically hungry; they’re also hungry for some sense of certainty. God knows this and tells Moses “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.” Sure enough, the quail come in the evening and the bread is there when they wake up.
This bread is the manna, and they keep an omer of it (about a half-gallon) as a reminder of how God constantly cares for them. Old bread stuck away someplace might not seem like much until we remember this is the same “daily bread” we ask for in the Lord’s Prayer: “give us this day our daily bread.” This is the verse I often land on in my daily prayer: “God…I’m turning to You to get me through this day.”
In Crook County more than 36 hundred people – 1 out of 6 – struggle to make it through each day.
THANK YOU to all who supported this Friday’s Autumnfest and the follow-up Soroptomist bazaar on Saturday. A little bit here and little bit there all came together to raise $2,024 – all to help people get their “daily bread” in the form of food, or help with rent or power…and know a little bit more about our God who really and truly does care for them.
We hope to see you Sunday at 10AM – let’s share this “daily bread.
Together We Serve, Pastor Mike