Manna Workers


Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Exodus 16:2-15

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

Out of the 39 books and over one thousand pages of the Old Testament, there is one pivotal event around which all others are built; the Exodus from Egypt. Without it there is no Judaism, no Christianity.
The actual leaving, crossing the Red Sea, may have occurred in 1446 BC during the 18th Dynasty when Thutmose III was Pharaoh. For Egypt, it was not worth mentioning. They had been a great power for 1500 years and would be for most of another 1500. They had many foreign people living among them. One advantage of keeping official records on stone is that any mention of a traitor like Moses could be easily chiseled away.
The lesson for today is Manna, the bread of the Exodus that fell in the night like frost, containing all the nourishment a person needs. God’s instructions were to gather a day’s supply only. If they left some, it rotted by morning. Thus, we pray only for daily bread.
In Jesus’ parable, each worker received a day’s wage, just as the Israelites received a full day’s ration of bread. God provides for our needs, but not to surplus. As Jesus said when introducing the Rich Fool (or Greedy Farmer) Parable: For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are. TLB  We only need enough for today, we can share the rest because God will provide for tomorrow.
Paul, in his letter, wanted the Philippians to understand that he was not concerned about what would happen to him. If released from prison he would get back to God’s work and if he died there he would be with Jesus. He could not lose. Nor can we.

Be righteous and do good.
Mike Lawrence

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