“And Moses spake unto Aaron, ‘Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.’ And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.’ And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.'” Exodus 16:9-13 (KJB)
Following the crossing of the Red Sea, and the destruction of the Egyptian army trying to follow them through the Red Sea dried up by God; the children of Israel fell into a state of murmuring, complaining that they were not satisfied with their sustenance. They were uncomfortable with their means, and their surroundings.
As followers of Jesus Christ when we get to looking at our surroundings, and the goods of our neighbors, and their life of ease, comfort, and wealth we can easily forget about the Lord’s blessings on us; His protection, His deliverance, His salvation, His daily graces, and mercies.
The LORD God had done a might work, and He was continuing to do a mighty work in His people. He was providing for them, and He was going to show them. The glory of the LORD appeared in a cloud. They were promised meat for the evening meal, and bread for breakfast. The verses which follow verses 14 – 21 tell us about a bread they would find lying on the ground “What is it?” [Manna].
Quail was provided for their meat, and according to the book of Numbers 11:31-35 the people were sickened by gorging themselves on this meat, and many died. Gluttony kills.
There is a phrase used throughout the Old Testament “You shall know that I Am the LORD your God”, and similarities. That phrase is used at least 63 times by the prophet Ezekiel alone from chapter six through about chapter forty four. I do believe the LORD wants His people, and all people be they Jew or Gentile to know that He is the LORD; the I Am; the One and only.
The LORD says to me, and to you today, “Know that I Am the LORD your God.”