• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 23, 2021

Daily Reading: Exodus 16-18

Exodus 16:31

And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

Could manna be the original Krispy Kreme donut? In Proverbs 27:7 the Bible says that to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. But when Israel was hungry in the wilderness God did not give them some bitter thing to eat, He gave them something sweet, something tasty, something enjoyable. He gave them manna. At a time when the Israelites could not plant crops, for they were wanderers, He gave them a miraculous crop of manna, new every morning.

Think about it, in the three chapters of our reading today God provided water from the rock, meat every night in the form of quails, manna every morning for bread, and divine protection from the Amalekites through Moses holding up his heavy hands. Of His provision the Lord showed Himself strong daily for forty years, yet the people still murmured against Him and against their leader, Moses. Of these things there is no dispute for the Bible is clear.

But what do these things mean to us? Since this is a short devotion, singularly consider the manna. What does the manna mean for us today? Well, Romans 15:4 clearly states: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. So what can we learn from the manna? Let's list a few things.

Jesus said in Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. More than once the Word of God is likened unto bread. Like manna, this Bread of the Word of God is new and fresh every morning. It is the privilege of every believer in Jesus Christ to consume it every man according to his eating. Consider this, in the last eight days this preacher has brought forth ten unique messages. To do this, much of the bread of the Word of God must be consumed. Someone who does not preach to others, whose only responsibility given them from God is to feed themselves the Bread of Life, does not need to consume as much as a preacher. There is nothing more noble or less noble in the amount of the Word that one needs to consume. But every child of God is to consume that which they need for the day.

Also, the manna needed for one day could not be held over for the next. It would breed worms and would begin to stink. This pictures that which a person needs today from the Word of God is not that which they need tomorrow. Every day the Word must minister to the needs of that day. It will if it is consumed. Every sailor knows you can't sail on yesterday's wind, and every believer must learn that which they need from the Bread of Life today will not suffice for tomorrow. The Lord invites us to consume our daily bread.

Lastly, those who ate the physical manna are physically dead. Yet those who eat the spiritual manna come down from Heaven will live eternally. John 6:58 proves this truth. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. Of course the bread spoken of is the Lord Jesus Christ. As He is not only our bread, but our water, and our meat, and our protection. Amen!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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