Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed.
He invites His chosen people, "Come and dine"
With His manna He doth feed,
And supplies our ev'ry need;
O 'tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!

"Come and dine," the Master calleth, "Come and dine"
You may feast at Jesus' table all the time;
He who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, "Come and dine."


Psalm 78:13-32 "13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. 14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; 22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: 23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. 25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works."


Psalm 78 lists all the things God had done for Israel:

1) He divided the sea so they could cross.
2) He led them with a cloud by day
3) And a fire by night.
4) He clave rocks in the wilderness and gave them water to drink.
5) He gave them manna (angel's food) to eat.

Then they tempted God by asking for meat. Vs. 19 says, "Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" This spirit of complaint made God very angry. God had "rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven." (vs. 24) "Man did eat angel's food." (vs. 25) Yet they still were not satisfied. They wanted something else.

Sometimes, when God is giving us what we need, we ask for more. We whine to God, "God, why can't I have a new car like my friends. Why do I have to drive this old clunker." Or, "Why didn't I get that promotion, Lord? I deserve it."

God did give the children of Israel meat to eat, just as they asked for...but look at verse 30 & 31. "...But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel." Sometimes, even when God is giving us what we are childishly demanding, He will chastize us. That is the only way He can get our attention. Verse 34 says that only when people started dying did the others return to God. They then rememered that God was their rock. He was their provider...the giver (or taker) of life. Don't make God have to bring you down to make you look up. Don't come into God's presence with a spirit of discontent. Believe that God knows what is best for you and is giving you exactly what you need. And when you pray, always ask that HIS will be accomplished in your life.

Yes Israel, God CAN set a table in the wilderness, but...are you SURE you want Him to?



God rained down manna from heaven above.
He had given them angel's food.
Yet Israel still wasn't satisfied,
And they continued to brood.

"God, set us a table," they demanded of Him.
"And fill that table with meat."
So He did as they asked, an east wind blew,
And they had Quail to eat.

But even as they began to eat
You could hear their anguished cry,
As God's wrath fell down upon them
And they began to die.

The moral of the story is, Don't complain
About what God has given to you.
Then you won't have to worry about His anger
Or about what He might do.



If you are carrying around a spirit of discontent, focus on all the good things God has given you instead of your disappointments.



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