What’s for Dinner?

09 Sep
The Gathering of the Manna

The Gathering of the Manna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You mean Moses has more to do? I thought he was done with his job once he got the Israelites out of Egypt?

Moses had to lead them now? I thought God was doing that.

Where is Moses leading them?

The Promised Land? A land flowing with milk and honey? Milk and honey. I want to go there.

Okay, I’ll listen to the story.

After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea they traveled for three days in the desert without finding any water.

I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it.

Yes, I’m listening.

They finally came to a place with water called Marah, but they couldn’t drink the water because it was bitter. So they grumbled against Moses.

Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a piece of wood to throw into the water, and when Moses did the water became sweet. Then they went to a place called Elim with twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and camped there.

The people left Elim and then they started grumbling against Moses again. This time they complained because in Egypt they had meat and all the food they wanted, and they said Moses had brought them out to the desert to starve to death.

Why didn’t Moses just send them back to Egypt? They sound like a bunch of whiners to me.

I wouldn’t whine.

Oh. I guess I would complain if I didn’t get my dog treats.

The Lord told Moses that He was going to rain down bread from heaven. But something else happened first. That evening quail covered the camp.

Woo woo! Dinner.

I am too listening. I just had to stop for a snack break.

The next morning there was a layer of dew around the camp and when the dew was gone thin flakes like frost appeared on the desert floor. The Israelites looked at each other and said, “What is it?” so they called it manna, which in Hebrew means what is it.

So what was it, person?

I know they called it manna, but what is it?

What? If I listen I’ll find out? Okay.

The manna tasted like wafers made with honey and the Lord told each person to gather what they needed and not keep any until morning.

Some people did keep some overnight and in the morning it was smelly and full of maggots.

I bet they didn’t do that again.

I’m listening.

On the sixth day the Lord told the people to gather twice as much because the following day would be the Sabbath, a day of rest. They didn’t find any manna on the ground on the Sabbath, but the manna they saved for that day was still good and didn’t have any maggots in it.

I think I would be in trouble on the Sabbath. I eat everything as soon as I get it.

Hey person, it looks like you have some extra. Can you please pass me the manna?


Posted by on September 9, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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23 responses to “What’s for Dinner?

  1. thesweetkitten

    September 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    You are just like the Viking, he likes honey too!

    • Bongo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Mmmmm Sweet Kitten. Honey is good.

  2. marina kanavaki

    September 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

    …did she?!!! 😆

    • Bongo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Marina, I think my person is keeping all the manna for herself – but at least she gave me some dog treats.

  3. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Great story for a beautiful Sunday!

    • Bongo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Misty Shores.

  4. mercadeo

    September 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    What this substance was we know not. It was nothing that was common to the wilderness. It is evident the Israelites never saw it before, for Moses says, Deuteronomy 8:3 , Deuteronomy 8:16 : He fed thee with manna which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; and it is very likely that nothing of the kind had ever been seen before; and by a pot of it being laid up in the ark, it is as likely that nothing of the kind ever appeared more, after the miraculous supply in the wilderness had ceased. It seems to have been created for the present occasion, and, like Him whom it typified, to have been the only thing of the kind, the only bread from heaven, which God ever gave to preserve the life of man, as Christ is the true bread that came down from heaven, and was given for the life of the world. See John 6:31-58 .

  5. rumpydog

    September 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    When Jen is complaining about not having anything to eat that suits her fancy, she remembers the Israelites eating the same thing for years!

    • Bongo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Rumpy, we mostly have to eat the same thing all the time too. I think our people should stop complaining.

  6. colliesofthemeadow

    September 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Ginger says God should’ve let his dog bite them….

    • Bongo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Ginger, that would have served them right, wouldn’t it?

  7. Bassas Blog

    September 10, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Very interesting Bongo, especially about the shelf life of manna – I didn’t know that.

    • Bongo

      September 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Bassa, that means we have to eat all the manna while it’s fresh. I have no problem with that.

  8. misswhiplash

    September 10, 2012 at 5:40 am

    you are a well educated canine Bongodog..The headline was what’s for Dinner? I thought you would tell me what I can have for my dinner tonight…but no such it must be Beans on Toast again

    • Bongo

      September 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Patreciau, I’ve been looking all over for that manna on the ground with no luck. I guess neither of us live in the right place. But I’ll go for beans on toast.

  9. eripanwkevin

    September 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Hmmmm….manna must be very precious food because the Lord gave! Wow…it tastes like wafers???? *drools* I love chocolate ones…..have you tried to taste manna, Bongo?

    • Bongo

      September 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Kevin, my person won’t give me any manna – she says she doesn’t have any and that no one has had any for thousands of years. I think she’s just hiding it from me.

  10. philosophermouseofthehedge

    September 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    restraint is soooo hard!

    • Bongo

      September 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Karen, restraint has never been one of my strong points – especially when it comes to food.

  11. snoopys@snoopysdogblog

    September 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Bongo,

    I don’t save any food either, but luckily Mum doesn’t make me skip any meals, phew!! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Bongo

      September 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Hey Snoopy, my person doesn’t really make me skip meals either – but I wish she would give me a little more every once in awhile.

  12. angelswhisper2011

    September 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think I would like that manna, Bongo, but I’m not good in saving one either 😉

    • Bongo

      September 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Angels Whisper, I’m just glad I don’t have to go hungry one day every week. Maybe I could find something else to eat on the day with no manna.


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