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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 21, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 21, 2023

God Provides‬‬
By Susan Smith

 

Manna & Justice and Righteousness

We continue in reviewing the lessons from Kristi McClelland in “Jesus & Women”. In Exodus 16, God first provides manna, which is bread from Heaven, to the Israelites wandering in the desert. Did you know manna translates to “What is it?” Can you imagine telling your kids to go gather “what is it to eat”? As weird as that sounds, the Israelites could say just that because they knew it came from God and the manna was a miracle. God provided it everyday except on sabbaths as He would always provide enough for the Sabbath on the previous day. Later in the story, God stopped providing the manna the day after the Israelites ate fruit from Canaan. God was so precise in His provision for Israel. Not too much, never too little.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭89‬:‭14‬a‬‬‬‬

Righteousness means to be characterized by making things right, by being generous. Giving to the poor was seen as an act of righteousness in Jesus’ time (the giver would be called someone with a good eye, I imagine they were willing to be aware of the need around them).

Justice is exalting the humble by raising them to honor and covering their shame (remember the Jewish people have an honor/shame culture).

During the gap between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Alexander the Great brought Hellenism to the Jewish people. Along with that, gods were like men and so men became like gods. Also, during this time, Ben Sira was taught in the synagogue. Ben Sira said, “ women brought sin,” and “women give rise to shame and reproach.” The influence of this thinking meant women very lowly regarded in this society. They were in need of righteousness and justice. Do you think the God Who perfectly provided manna to the Israelites could and would bring righteousness and justice to women? Would He be generous and raise them up?

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