On the way to Mt. Sinai, God reinforced the revival of Sabbath keeping by sending manna. Manna was a small wafer-like substance that the people would find on the ground early in the morning. Several miracles that centered around the gathering of manna reinforced Sabbath keeping. First of all, they received manna only Sunday through Friday. On Sunday through Thursday they were to gather only a single portion, enough to eat for that one day. The manna collected would remain good throughout that day. However, if they gathered more then needed, it would spoil by the following day. It was also miraculous that a double portion of manna collected on Friday would still be fresh and unspoiled on Sabbath. In this way, God reinforced the Sabbath revival. However, many did not believe and trust God to take care of their needs. When God rebuked these unbelievers, he asked the people, "How long will you refuse to keep my laws?" This question came a matter of a few weeks after the Exodus. Now just think for a moment: God is long suffering and patient. The very fact that God asked "How long" is evidence that the problem of distrust, unbelief, and the resulting Sabbath breaking had been a chronic problem, not a recent one.
Sabbath - From the Exodus to Sinai Mountain
As God's people traveled toward Sinai mountain, God provided "Manna" to eat. Six days each week, this food was sent but not on the 7th day. This miracle reinforced the revival of Sabbath keeping. Some, however, distrusted God and tried to gather the food on the Sabbath. In love the Lord rebuked His people by asking "How long will you refuse to keep my laws?" Finally the people responded by resting on the 7th day. Exodus 16:21-30.
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Sábado - Del Éxodo a la Montaña del Sinai
Mientras el pueblo de Dios viajaba hacia la montaña del Sinai, Dios proveyó "mana" para comer. Seis días cada semana esta comida fue mandada, con excepción del séptimo día. Este milagro reforzó el reavivamiento de la observancia del sábado. Algunos, sin embargo, desconfiaron de Dios y trataron de recoger comida (mana) en sábado. En su amor Dios reprendió su gente preguntándole, "¿Hasta cuándo no querréis guardar mis mandamientos y mis leyes?" Finalmente la gente obedeció a través de la observancia del 7mo día. Éxodos 16:21-30.
Sábado: Do Êxodo até o Monte Sinai
Como o povo de Deus caminhou para o Monte Sinai, Ele providenciou o “Maná” para alimentá-los. Seis dias cada semana, este alimento era enviado, mas não no sétimo dia. Este milagre reforçou o reavivamento do Sábado. Alguns, no entanto, não acreditaram em Deus e tentaram colher o alimento no Sábado. Com amor, o Senhor repreendeu Seu povo com a pergunta: “Até quando recusareis guardar minhas leis?” Finalmente, o povo respondeu pelo descanso no sétimo dia. Êxodo 16:21-30.