Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Show Me the Manna!

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Show Me the Manna!

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Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

What just? What's fair? What's equitable? Will I feel God has been fair with me in my life only if--you who obviously have not worked as hard!--get less than I do? If God sends bread from heaven (with a side of quail, please), but rains it down equally on the slackers, is that legitimate? In that Exodus 16 situation, would I start a new round of complaints against Moses and Aaron, or anticipate the future psalm and sing "Glory in his holy name" (Psalm 105:3)?

Psalm 105 glories in the quail, food from heaven, and water from a rock that the Israelites received on the road to freedom. Similar to what Paul describes in Philippians, the journey is toward integrity before God and unity with each other. Right relationship equals righteousness. This is the heart and soul of biblical justice.

The imprisoned Paul of Philippians looks beyond his life-or-death situation because he sees himself belonging to God's providence, not the domination from afar in Romans or nearby from the temple. …

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