Re: Verse reading–Exodus 15:22-27; 16:1-18 (day three)
“You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” Perhaps there were times that the Israelites had legitimate complaints against Moses. He was not perfect, after all. But this was not one of those times. The Israelites weren’t chafing against some plan that Moses had drawn up; they were calling into question the total resettlement initiative—and that was God’s project. The Lord was breaking them free from not only forced servitude, but from the entire Egyptian worldview. He was forming them into a people who could think straight. Their grumbling gave evidence that they had not grasped that radical reality. But the words Moses spoke to them called their attention to God’s activity in the midst of these circumstances. The time will come when we all have to deal with God—and Moses tells them that time is now.