“ What was manna and what ever happened to it?...”
Chinh/ Shanghai, China
The Story of Manna:
Exodus 16:1-36 NLT (Manna and Quail from Heaven)
1 Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt.
2 There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.
3 “If only The Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
4 Then The Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.
5 On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “By evening you will realize it was The Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
7 In the morning you will see the glory of The Lord, because He has heard your complaints, which are against Him, not against us. What have we done that you should complain about us?”
8 Then Moses added, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning, for He has heard all your complaints against Him. What have we done? Yes, your complaints are against The Lord, not against us.”
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Announce this to the entire community of Israel: ‘Present yourselves before The Lord, for He has heard your complaining.’”
10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole community of Israel, they looked out toward the wilderness. There they could see the awesome glory of The Lord in the cloud.
11 Then The Lord said to Moses,
12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am The Lord your God.’”
13 That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew.
14 When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground.
15 The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food The Lord has given you to eat.
16 These are The Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.”
17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little.
18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.
19 Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.”
20 But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.
21 After this the people gathered the food morning by morning, each family according to its need. And as the sun became hot, the flakes they had not picked up melted and disappeared.
22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much as usual—four quarts for each person instead of two. Then all the leaders of the community came and asked Moses for an explanation.
23 He told them, “This is what The Lord commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath day set apart for The Lord. So bake or boil as much as you want today, and set aside what is left for tomorrow.”
24 So they put some aside until morning, just as Moses had commanded. And in the morning the leftover food was wholesome and good, without maggots or odor.
25 Moses said, “Eat this food today, for today is a Sabbath day dedicated to The Lord. There will be no food on the ground today.
26 You may gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground that day.”
27 Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food.
28 The Lord asked Moses, “How long will these people refuse to obey My commands and instructions?
29 They must realize that the Sabbath is The Lord’s gift to you. That is why He gives you a two-day supply on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must each stay in your place. Do not go out to pick up food on the seventh day.”
30 So the people did not gather any food on the seventh day.
31 The Israelites called the food manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey wafers.
(Manna: Coriander seed, small round kernels, yellowish green or white in color. The seed could be ground at a mill, or mortar, and baked, boiled or cooked, and made into bread.)
Numbers 11:7-9 KJV
7 The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin.
8 The people would go out and gather it from the ground. They made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked with olive oil.
9 The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.
Psalm 105:40 KJV
The people asked, and He brought quails, and satisfied them with (Miraculous)
The Bread Of Heaven.
32 Then Moses said, “This is what The Lord has commanded: Fill a two-quart container with manna to preserve it for your descendants. Then later generations will be able to see the food I gave you in the wilderness when I set you free from Egypt.”
33 Moses said to Aaron, “Get a jar and fill it with two quarts of manna. Then put it in a sacred place before The Lord to preserve it for all future generations.”
34 Aaron did just as The Lord had commanded Moses. He eventually placed it in the Ark Of The Covenant—in front of the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant.
35 So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
36 The container used to measure the manna was an omer, which was one-tenth of an ephah; it held about two quarts.
Deuteronomy 8:3,16 NLT
3 Yes, He humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every Word that comes from the mouth of The Lord.
16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.
Psalm 78:22-29 NLT (Be sure to read the whole chapter.)
22 for they did not believe God or trust Him to care for them.
23 But He commanded the skies to open; He opened the doors of heaven.
24 He rained down manna for them to eat; He gave them Bread From Heaven.
25 They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold.
26 He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by His mighty power.
27 He rained down meat as thick as dust— birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!
28 He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents.
29 The people ate their fill. He gave them what they craved.
From Elim to the entrance to Canaan, the Israelites ate manna.
Manna, The Bread Of Heaven, was The Gift Of God, to His people.
Manna, prefigured The True Bread From Heaven, The Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 10:1-4 NLT
1 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.
2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.
3 All of them ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from The Spiritual Rock that traveled with them, and that Rock was Christ.
John 6:31-41,47,48 KJV
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them Bread From Heaven to eat.
32 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.
33 For The Bread Of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth Life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.
35 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.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not.
37 All that The Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.
39 And this is The Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth The Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am
The Bread Which Came Down From Heaven.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that Bread Of Life.
Our God, provides for His people. The bread we eat today, nourishes our body from day to day, but The Bread our God gives, leads to “everlasting life,” and Jesus is that Bread From Heaven.
Matthew 6:33,34 NLT
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Revelation 2:17 KJV
He that hath an ear, let him hear what The Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over cometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.