March 23, 2009 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today's Reading: Exodus 16:2-21

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 42:1-34, 38; St. Mark 12:1-12

And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”’” (Exodus 16:11-12)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. “Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.” That’s what this is all about! That’s why the Lord did what He did. He did what He did so that they would know that He was their God.

He rescued them. He saved them from Pharaoh. He brought them out of Egypt. He did His saving by His grace, without any merit or worthiness in them. He saved them so that they would know that He was their God and they were His people.

And all the while they grumbled. They grumbled because there was no food--none they liked anyway. They grumbled because there was only bread and no meat. They grumbled against Moses. They’d rather be slaves in Egypt than live this way.

You do, too. Give up your grumbling today! Stop grumbling about your life--that you don’t have enough, the right people, right friends. Stop grumbling that God isn’t taking care of you. Stop complaining and despairing that God hasn’t saved you.

Your solution for your grumbling is wrong, and so was Israel’s. Living in slavery isn’t the answer. Working up some happy, non-grumbling thoughts isn’t the answer, either. That’s slavery, too--not under Egypt, but under the Law.

Fix your eyes on the Lord’s solution: He desires for you to know Him. He wants to save you from your grump-filled sins and your despair. He would have you believe in Him, to trust that He is your God and you are His child. He’s going to take care of you and tend to your every need.

After all, He already has! He has taken on your flesh and lived the care-free life you should live. Then, He died for your grumpiness. His death is your death to grumpy living. His life is your new life--new life spent trusting that you have a God, who wouldn’t spare His Son to save you--even you with all your sins.

What He did for Israel, He has done for you. They deserved to be destroyed for all their grumbling. Instead, He gave them all the more: freedom from slavery, rescue from Pharaoh, quail, bread from heaven, and water.

He’s got Bread from heaven for you, too--Bread that doesn’t spoil. He gives you His Body to eat and His Blood to drink for the remission of all your sins.

Trust Jesus. Believe in what he did for you. He’s in the business of giving to Israel and to you, too. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.