Israel's Wilderness Experiences
Israel was taught lessons of faith in the wilderness.
God sent them Manna. It came in the night in very small grains. It
required time and patience to gather and prepare it. Not only was it a
necessity, but it corroborated the Divine sentence, "In the sweat of
thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou return to the ground."
Labor has been one of our most valuable lessons. Without it our race would
have sunken still lower. Countries in which labor has been a necessity
attest this by their greater intelligence.
Jesus explains that He Himself is the antitypical Manna,
or Bread from Heaven, of which we must partake if we would have
everlasting life.--John 6:48-58.
The conspiracy of Korah and his associates against
Moses' leadership resulted in their all going down alive into the pit
(Hebrew, Sheol), the tomb. So all opponents of Messiah will perish in the
Second Death.--Acts 3:23.
God sent Israel a miraculous supply of quail. Our Common
Version permits the inference that quail fell around the camp several feet
deep. This is pointed to by critics as absurd. The correct and reasonable
thought is that quails, wearied from flight across the Red Sea, flew
within a few feet of the ground, where Israel easily captured great
The lesson of the Smitten Rock is noteworthy. When the
people were famished, Moses smote a rock in the name of the Lord, water
gushed out and the people were refreshed. St. Paul says that this was
prophetic of Christ who by His death supplies the Water of Life, which is
for all--Israelites indeed.
A plague of "fiery serpents" attacked the
Israelites. By Divine direction Moses made a serpent of brass and raised
it up. The Israelites were directed to look to that serpent for healing.
The "fiery serpents" represent Sin, inflicting death. God has
provided life for the sin-bitten world through the crucifixion of Christ.
He was treated as a sinner, in order that sinners might be freed from sin
Pointing to the Brazen Serpent