This week's reading from Exodus reminds us that these people after being rescued were not particularly grateful. They complained that life in the wilderness just didn't measure up to what they had been used to in Egypt. The Lord responds by providing them with food they don't have to work very hard for, food that they just have to reach out and take.
The lectionary response to this reading is a portion of Psalm 105. Verses 1-6 are a call to prayer. Give thanks. Seek the Lord. Verses 37-45 are a reminder of particular acts for which these ancient people should be grateful. The Lord had delivered them from captivity in Egypt, led them through the wilderness, provided for them food and drink. We who have come later can fill in our own reasons for gratitude, the gifts provided to us, the direction shown to us.
And we can, like them, remember to live the way that the Lord intended.
This week is the fourth time this year that portions of Psalm 105 are included in the lectionary. Look back at the entries for July 11, August 5, and August 27 to see reflections on the earlier verses.