New Defender's Study Bible Notes
16:3 flesh pots. How quickly God’s people forget their blessings when they begin to encounter some new problem. Surely if God could deliver them from hard slavery in Egypt and open a path through the sea for them, they should have been able to trust Him for the future. God is never honored nor pleased when believers complain about their lot.
16:15 It is manna. This is the altogether miraculous “bread from heaven” (John 6:31) provided for the millions of Israelites in the wilderness for forty years, always sufficient, never too much, never on the Sabbath. Skeptics have tried to identify it with various naturally occurring substances of the desert, but none can meet the specifications set forth in Scripture. Its supernatural provision was taken by Christ Himself as a type of His own coming down from heaven to give “life unto the world” (John 6:33). The quail (Exodus 16:13) were natural enough, but the timing and quantity of their coming constituted a providential miracle.
16:26 the sabbath. The sabbath (meaning “rest”) was thus known as “the sabbath,” before it was incorporated into God’s ten commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). It had evidently been known and observed, in some degree at least, ever since creation week (Genesis 2:1-3).