Manna

Manna, you might wonder why I chose Manna, because God does not shower us from the morning dew a heavenly food called Manna.  Before I say why I picked Manna, let’s describe what it is and what happened to the Israelites.

“Manna was the supernatural food God gave to the Israelites during their 40-year wandering in the desert. The word manna means “What is it?” in Hebrew.

Not long after the Jewish people had escaped Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, they ran out of the food they had brought with them. They began to grumble, recalling the tasty meals they had enjoyed when they were slaves.

God told Moses he would rain down bread from heaven for the people. That evening quail came and covered the camp. The people killed the birds and ate their meat. The next morning, when the dew evaporated, a white substance covered the ground. The Bible describes manna as white like coriander seed and tasting like wafers made with honey.

Moses instructed the people to gather an omer, or about two quarts’ worth, for each person each day. When some of the people tried to save extra, it became wormy and spoiled.

Manna appeared for six days in a row. On Fridays the Hebrews were to gather a double portion, because it did not appear on the next day, the Sabbath.

“Jesus’ phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer, is a reference to manna, meaning that we are to trust God to supply our physical needs one day at a time, as the Jews did in the desert.

The manna which the Israelites gathered today would not suffice them for tomorrow. They needed to obtain a fresh supply each day. It is just here that so many of the Lord’s people fail. We, too, need to feed upon Christ “every day.” Just as in the physical realm the food which I ate yesterday will not nourish me today, so my past experiences and attainments will not meet the demands of the present. Christ must be kept constantly before the heart. “Give us day by day our daily bread,” should be our daily prayer as children of God.

Jesus is our Manna.  He provides for us both physically and spiritually.  Amen.  Hence, the blessing of Manna.

 

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