The message was out of Exodus 16, where God sends manna from heaven to feed the Isrealites in the desert. The theme was "provisions from God are good, but if you don't follow His instructions it will stink."
The instructions God gives us with regard to our material blessings are meant to safeguard our dependency on Him and to safeguard justice among men.
The instructions he gave the Isrealites with regard to manna were
- gather it
- don't gather any more or less than you need
- don't horde any for tomorrow
- don't gather any on the sabbath (thus showing that God is a higher priority than material blessings)
The idea of applying these instructions to our own provisions today is startling and extremely counter cultural. It's tempting to just dismiss them and say "God only meant those instructions for that group of people at that point in history" but Guerrero says no.
He points out that when the Isrealites moved into the promised land God gave them new instructions along the same lines, this time regarding production and debt.
Then in the New Testament Jesus refers back to these principles, and in case any one wants to say that he was doing so in a metaphorical way, Guerrero points out that the first church (Acts 2 and 4) lived out these same principles; "All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed."
A really thought provoking New Community.
For Steph's take visit her excellent blog at this link.