God's Economy

February 12, 2017 Speaker: Michael Rhodes Series: Start Weak: His Strength Made Perfect in My Weakness

Passage: Exodus 16

Slide 1- I. Israel's Imagination is sick with Egypt's disease

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3 and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

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6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, "At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt,

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II. This God gives daily bread in the wilderness

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13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp.

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16 This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.'"

21 Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

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“This surely is bread from an economy Israel did not know or understand, bread given and not planned, received and not coerced, bread on someone else’s terms.” - Walter Brueggemann-

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III. When this God gives, there's enough for everyone

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18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.

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19 And Moses said to them, "Let no one leave any of it over till the morning."

20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.

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23 "The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. (Lev 25:23 ESV)

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22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses,

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23 he said to them, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.'"

24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it.

25 Moses said, "Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.

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33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar, and put an omer of manna in it, and place it before the LORD to be kept throughout your generations."

34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept.

35 The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

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What does this mean for us today?

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A recent study of US workers showed that:

Ø Only 25% of employees with paid time off used all their vacation days, and

Ø 15% of employees took none of their vacation

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