Will Work for Food

Have you seen anyone recently standing by the road holding a sign with the above  message? Maybe the only sign you have seen is an appeal for a handout. Does knowing the person is willing to work  cause a desire rise up to help? Israel’s history shows a pattern of working for food. In Exodus chapter 1, after Joseph’s death, a Pharaoh came to power in Egypt that didn’t know Joseph’s history and his connection with the growing Israelite population. Because the new Pharaoh feared the Israelites, verse 11 says slave masters were put over them to oppress them with forced labor. In Numbers 11:5, Moses records the foods they ate in Egypt: fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. They would later crave this menu while camping in the desert. Moses secured the Israelites’ release from slavery to go on a forty year camping trip: destination-the Promised Land. God supernaturally provided bread (manna) from heaven daily without a work requirement. Joshua, Moses’ successor, led the Israelites across the Jordan River and set up camp at Gilgal near Jericho. The bread God provided stopped appearing the day after they ate the produce of the Promised Land, which was  unleavened bread and roasted grain. Once again the Israelites would labor for food. Imagine the adjustment of having to go out every day, except the Sabbath, to earn their  family’s provisions. No more lunch dropping from the sky! No more grain of heaven. No more bread of angels. (Psalm 78: 24-25) some resent having to work for daily provisions while others  who are physically unable to do a day’s work wish they could. Our attitude should be ”Thank you, Lord ,for reasonably good health to be able to work.” Paul says in Colossians 3  to work as working for the Lord because He will reward us with an inheritance.