We all have a limit. There are, for each of us, those moments where we have come to the end of our rope. There is that one bad thing too much, the one challenge too many, the one bad comment. There comes for all of us that moment where we have had it. Moses, the great prophet, the Law-giver, has met his limits with the people. He cannot take it anymore.
Moses lasted a lot longer than I would have. All the people have done since they left Egypt (where they were slaves) is complain. They were afraid. Take us back. We have no food. We don’t like this manna. We want meat. We hate all this meat. Take us back. And, yeah, did I mention they were SLAVES in Egypt?
Spiritually it is easy to see when someone hits their limits. We hit our limits when we try to do everything on our own. Just work harder, we think. Just do more. The apostles hit their limits too. Feed them yourselves. Jesus teaches a lesson about true food. Trust me. Let me show you how God feeds people when God is in charge.