Exodus 16:15, “And when the children of Israel saw [it], they said one to another, It [is] manna: for they wist not what it [was]. And Moses said unto them, This [is] the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. ”
The children of Israel knew not what it was, but it was the only source of food for their sustenance in the wilderness. A lesson on faith, is eating what comes from the Lord without asking much questions about it.
MANNA? What was this strange food and what did it represent?
Deuteronomy 8:3,”And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
The didn’t know what it was but in the above text, note that He feeds them with the manna that they may know that man doth not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
So, what is the connection between bread and every word?
John 1:1, 14,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…….And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus was the Word, the embodiment of God’s Word in flesh. John 6:31-32,”Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. ” Manna was to point to something better to come.
If manna pointed to something better which was to come, then what is the something better?
John 6:33-35,”For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ”
The manna represented Jesus Himself, who was the bread from heaven. In fact what their forefathers ate was food from heaven. Psalms 78:23-25, “Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full. ”
Manna was the food specially ‘baked’ by God for angels. What an indication on how God gives us the best, won’t He have made the land bring food for them? He would, but He wanted to give them the best from heaven a show of how He can go to all depths and even to give His son for the salvation of man.
On the miracle of manna, the preservative that God used to remind them of His Holy precepts in the wilderness, but how did He do that?
Exodus 16:4, “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. ”
God states that the reason for raining the bread of heaven is to PROVE them whether they will OBEY HIS LAW or not. That should ring something in our minds. Reading right along would make us know the center of God’s law.
Verse 5, “And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare [that] which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. ”
God is giving them twice on the sixth day than daily. WHY?
Exodus 16:22-23, “And it came to pass, [that] on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one [man]: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This [is that] which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow [is] the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake [that] which ye will bake [today], and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.”Moses instructed the children of Israel to pick manna twice on the sixth day because the seventh day was the Sabbath.
Verses 24, “And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.” Well manna picked on the sixth day did not go bad on the next day. What about if you tried this on another day?
Verses 19-20, “And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.” For those who did not listen to Moses and picked extra on the other days, it went bad. Now God has a lesson for them on the preserved manna for the Sabbath and the double portion on the sixth day.
Exodus 16:25-28, “And Moses said, Eat that today; for today [is] a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, [which is] the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, [that] there went out [some] of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? “……………………TO BE CONTINUED.