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Hunger for what Satisfies

I have come to love many of the Hebrew Bible stories of the Israelites, the chosen of God, because they are such sharp observations of the human condition. We can hear the whole congregation of the Israelites complaining to Moses and Aaron – “Oh woe is me, the Lord has taken us out of Egypt and into the wilderness in the name of freedom but we are clearly going to die here! Why couldn’t we have been left in comfortable captivity where at least we had enough to eat!” We can make fun of the Israelites because it is all so long ago and so far away. (Revised Common Lectionary Exodus 16:2-4,9-19; Psalm 78:22-28; Ephesians 4:1-16; and John 6:24-35.) And yet if we reflect for just one moment we have to admit there is a lot of us in their complaining.