Re-imagining Mythic “History” (Exodus 16)

The escaped Israelite slaves had entered the Sinai wilderness on approximately the 45th day of their freedom from Egypt. The primary concern for many of them was food.  They grumbled aloud to Moses, wondering if it would have been better for them to have never left Egypt. There, at least, they had some access to sustenance. Moses was aware that the people were not dis-satisfied with their leaders.. Instead, the harsh circumstances of life on the edge had left them frustrated, leaning toward being depressed. Moses then demonstrated the audacity of leadership by telling the people what an unheard inner voice was insisting in the name of God (perhaps) — namely, that they would find plenty of food along the way. To assuage their fears, Moses added “God (perhaps) will provide.”

Most evenings the Israelites were able to catch enough quail for a meal. In the coolness of the morning they collected dew to slake their thirsts and and a resinous substance from the trees that nourished them through their daily wanderings. As they tried to make sense of this abundance of food supplies in this seeming harsh land, Moses simply declared “This is a foretaste of a great heavenly banquet. God has provided!\

(Shortened Version)  

The Israelites survived their trek through the wilderness. Originally, their concern was whether or not there would be enough food to sustain them.  Apparently their fears were unfounded — they found plenty of food along the way. Moses attributed this abundance to the name of God (perhaps), understanding that their being fed was an act of grace. Perhaps.

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