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Wonderen van de Schepping: De kwartel

Voorbeelden uit de natuurwereld van Gods’ grote wijsheid

Quaglia.jpgDe kwartel (Coturnix coturnix) een vogel uit de familie der fazanten (Phasianidae) en de enige trekvogel uit de orde der hoendervogels.

Van de veldhoenders (patrijsachtigen) is de kwakkel, of kwartel, de kleinste. Het is een trekvogel, zo groot als een leeuwerik. Rond de Middellandse Zee kan men er soms duizenden oprapen, die door hun overtocht uitgeput raakten. De kwakkels die men in Israël of de Sinaï uit tropisch en Oost-Afrika ziet komen, zijn op weg naar Midden- en Oost-Europa.

In de Bijbel komen kwakkels twee keer voor. In beide gevallen dienden zij als voedsel voor de Israëlieten op weg van Egypte naar Kanaän. In Exodus 16:1-3 lezen wij hoe het volk tegen Mozes en Aäron morde dathet geen eten had, waarop God het vlees en brood beloofde (vn.11-12). Maar hoe?

Het was juni en de trektijd voor kwakkels was voorbij. Toch bracht God er genoeg bijeen om het hele volk te verzadigen. Niettemin was Hij niet van plan dit wonder elke dag te herhalen; Hij had Zijn volk een andere kost bereid, het manna. Dat was het hemelse brood, met eengeestelijk les:

“Ja, Hij verootmoedigde u, deed u honger lijden en gaf u het manna te eten … om u te doen weten, dat de mens niet alleen van brood leeft, maar dat de mens leeft van alles wat de mond van de HERE uitgaat” (Deut. 8:3).

Het manna stelt dus het geestelijke voor, en de kwakkels het vleselijke. Israël moest leren op God, en niet op vlees, te vertrouwen. Veelzeggend is het commentaar van de Psalmist:

“Zij vroegen en Hij deed kwakkelen komen, met brood uit de hemel verzadigde Hij hen” (Ps. 105:40).

Slechts het ware brood uit de hemel kan ons verzadigen.Twee jaar later kwamen de Israëlieten weer tegen Mozes in opstand. Zij waren het manna zat, en verlangden vlees te eten (Num. 11:4-6). Gods toorn ontbrandde en Hij gaf hen een onvergetelijke les:

“De HERE zal u vlees geven … een volle maand lang, totdat het uw neus uitkomt en gij ervan walgt … omdat gij de HERE hebt veracht” (vn.18-20).

Mozes kon zijn oren niet geloven, maar Gods hand is niet beperkt! Uit twee richtingen bracht God grote vluchten kwakkels samen, één uit Arabië (O), de andere uit Oost-Afrika (Z) (Ps. 78:26-27). Maar dat hielp hen niet want terwijl zij het vlees nog aan het kauwen waren, sloeg God hen met een zware slag (of, plaag) en velen kwamen om (Ps. 106:15).

Hoe zit het met onze smaak – hebben wij liever hemels brood, of ‘s werelds vlees?

C.T.

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Are you doing Thanksgiving

Today in several countries believers have a special honouring day for God, being thankful for everything He did and still does.

In the United States of America it is a national holiday at which they think of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, gathering with the family and friends over a meal.

In the Bible, Thanksgiving meant Thanksgiving. There were no turkeys, football, Squanto, or Pilgrims. {You Are Probably Doing Thanksgiving All Wrong}

We should think about the spiritual and physical bread God provides for mankind. He gave them manna and still provides that we have plenty of food from the fields and fruit-trees. Today we make time to thank God for all that we can find on our plate.

This day is the opposite of tomorrow, when in the materialist countries it shall be “Black Friday”, showing how greedy our society has become and how more interest there is in this world for things we can see and hold in our hands. The Unseen shall not find a place in many hearts which love more the money and material goods.

In Jesus’ day, people were thankful without all of the extra baggage we’ve attached to the idea of being thankful. Their idea of gratitude derived from an appreciation of being alive. We find it hard to appreciate being alive without first confronting the emotional depths of a cat meme or having a relative with a serious illness. Jesus’ followers were able to find gratitude for their daily bread despite their brother having leprosy or their sister’s calling to be a prostitute by the local well. Gratitude isn’t something picked up from comparing yourself to the misery of others; it is our response to God’s presence in the universe. {You Are Probably Doing Thanksgiving All Wrong}

Lots of people have forgotten why and for what they have to be grateful for. Believers should tell them why today we remind ourself of our blessings. For lots of people it is only this “One day a year we officially give thanks as a nation”. {You Are Probably Doing Thanksgiving All Wrong} In their country they have a holiday with puritanical religious overtones where no one goes to church. In other countries it shall be this coming Sunday that many, like us, shall take time to remember all the blessings coming over us thanks to the Most High.

In most parts of the commercial world it’s a secular (holi)day where societal convention dictates to overeat, watch football, and nap, people doing Thanksgiving once a year because the calendar says so.

In short, it’s a moral and ethical mess of our own design.

The reason Thanksgiving feels forced, blasé, and awkward is that it is forced, commercialized, manufactured, and has nothing to do with real honest to God gratitude or thankfulness. {You Are Probably Doing Thanksgiving All Wrong}

For those who call themselves Christian it should be a day to remember all that god has given to the world. The Unseen God always was with His people and gave the world His only begotten son so that Gentiles also could become partakers in a heavenly calling and of the Body of Christ made able to enter the Kingdom of God. Let us today show our thanks for what God has given to the world.

No matter where you live, no matter where life finds you, there is always something to be thankful for. {Happy Thanksgiving!}

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Preceding

Time to be strengthened, thankful and to be prepared

Many opportunities given by God

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Additional reading

  1. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  2. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  3. Life in gratitude opens glory of God
  4. Thanking God by thinking of people
  5. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  6. Being thankful
  7. Give Thanks To God
  8. Praise Jehovah, ​You people

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving!! Pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, the stuff your mother makes but you don’t know what it is!! Today is the day to feast like you never have and enjoy time with family and friends.

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Sword of the Spirit – Old Manna #1009

Sword of the Spirit

SWORD OF THE SPIRIT                                                                                                  1009

“Old Manna”

Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat…And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank… (Exodus 16:15-20)

Why did they disobey what the Lord commanded concerning the manna? The root cause of their disobedience was their lack of trust that God would continue to provide for them. In much the same manner this root cause of distrust drives our disobedience today as well.

They hoarded the manna. How many of us hoard God’s provision for us today and disobey His command to care for our…

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