Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
1) What is something you heard or experienced in the worship service this week that has really stuck with you?
2) Immediately after celebrating God’s great deliverance through the Sea, the Israelites grumble against Him for a lack of care. Though they have legitimate need for food and water, what does their attitude reveal about their faith in God? (Ex 15:22-16:3)
Think about a time recently when you grumbled (to others, or just to yourself) about God’s care or concern for your needs. If you are willing, share how your attitude is a reflection of your level of trust that God will provide what you truly need.
3) Twice in Exodus 16:6–8, Moses reminds the people that their grumbling is against God and not against him. What did Pastor Jeff say this shows about the perspective of the Israelites?
Why is it important for the Israelites to look up to God rather than just follow Moses? (vs 19-20)
What are some examples of how we can live with a horizontal view rather than focusing vertically to God for provision and support?
How can you support one another in your group to become more God-focused when challenges come?
4) In Exodus 16:16–26, God gives the Israelites specific instructions: They are to gather just enough manna for each day’s need, and enough on the sixth day for two days’ of meals. Later, Moses explains this in Deuteronomy 8:2-3. According to that passage, how did God mean for the manna to teach His people about His character and His ways?
In Matthew 6:9-11, Jesus draws them back to the provision of “daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer.
What is the “daily bread” that your soul truly needs to feed on?
Ultimately, our journey of faith is meant to lead us toward a heart at rest in God as our Provider.
When have you looked to God first, resting in His provision rather relying on yourself or leaning on other people? What was the outcome?
When have you tried to satisfy your needs outside of God’s provision? How has that worked for you?