Those Who Complain of Adversity
We see in this passage that the people were recounting their lives in Egypt as though they were in club med.
Wow, what a terrible memory we humans have. If they had stopped to consider the reality of the lives that God had delivered them from they would have remembered their slavery and abuse. Their meals weren’t free and neither were they. The food they so fondly remembered eating was the food of the common people; the impoverished. But Psalms tells us that what God was feeding them in the wilderness was the bread of angels!  This was food that God provided while they slept. While they were unaware God was working to make sure His people had what they needed.
Manna tasted like honey and the people were allowed to prepare it anyway they wanted. We see that the people would grind it, then boil it or bake it. And “an honest attempt at gathering it” always led to each one having enough. But any attempt to exercise greed never led to anyone having any more than another; hoarding the stuff led to rot and maggots.
“but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.”