That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”
The God of the miracle! Who else but the Lord could cause an edible substance, never seen or known before, to appear each morning of the week except on the Sabbath for forty years…enough to feed two million people two quarts per day?
My, my, my! That is enough to make us want to know Him, listen to Him, obey Him…for He is the all powerful God who is our Provider!
The manna was a supernatural gift from God that had to be gathered daily. It shows us the grace of God for surely this grumbling people did not deserve it. God in His love and grace provided what the Israelites needed that that we know that He is God and beside Him there is no other.
The Lord held the Israelites responsible to gather or collect the manna every morning and on Saturday collect enough for the Sabbath. The purpose of the manna was to remind the people that we not only need physical food but spiritual food as well and we need it daily. The manna was symbolic of the Word of God as recorded in the verses below:
“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that He might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).”
The God who performed the miracle of providing the manna chose not to do the miracle of supernaturally placing it in the mouths and stomachs of the people. No…to receive this gift, this sustenance, the people were required to work, to put forth the effort of gathering where the manna located.
God has expectation that we come to His Word daily as well and eat regularly from the table He has set for us. We are to chew and digest the bread of life, every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Our health is directly connected to how well we eat. This meal is best eaten in small bites as one chews, ponders, prays and digests. Properly digested food is proven in one’s obedience and gratitude.
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16