Lisa and I went through Exodus 16:1-18 yesterday during our time together, and she really shed new light on these verses for me.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Look, I'm going to rain down food from heaven for you. The people can go out each day and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether they will follow my instructions. (Exodus 16:4) (NLT)
Lisa said that what this verse means to her is that it is our job to delve into the Bible to gather our spiritual food to get us through each day. We do this through prayer and reading scripture. God gave us the Bible, and it is up to us to use it to guide our lives.
So the people of Israel went out and gathered this food-some getting more, and some getting less. (Exodus 16:17) (NLT)
By gathering two quarts for each person, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. (Exodus 16:18) (NLT)
We read the next two and discussed them together. Lisa explained that this can be an analogy for us to realize that God provides us just what we need to get us through the day. Sometimes we'll need more and other times we'll need less, but he will always provide just enough.
So in combining those ideas for someone that is just starting to begin studying scripture - it meant a lot to me to think that God will provide just enough for me spiritually, and all I have to do is get into the word and "gather" it each day. What an amazing gift!! I'm humbled already...
Lisa showed me her plans for our lessons last night, and our plan is to meet every other Monday for the next 12 weeks (6 meetings). From there, we'll see if we need a break or what we want to do next.
For my daily reading - I'll be reading from James (we're going to cover the whole book) and from Psalms. We're going to be going at my pace and adjust how we need to as we go forward... faster or slower depending on how I'm doing. If we finish James before the 12 weeks - she will choose another book for us to read.
She's also assigned me two verses to memorize before our next meeting: Psalm 5:3 and Proverb 18:10 - I will put up the exact wording when I figure out which version we're using for our memorization. I'm assuming that we'll use either the New Living Translation or the New International Version... I've emailed to ask Lisa her preference.
Lisa also has questions that I need to be prepared to answer each week... I'm going to email her to send those to me, and I'll share with you what they are when I get them from her.
It was really neat for me to see how much effort she had already put into this in preparation for our first meeting. She is such a neat person, and I'm thrilled to be working with her on this... I know that I'm going to learn alot!