Manna….God’s method of feeding a couple of million Israelites in the desert…is a interesting topic. First and foremost….what is it? Well like everything with us humans…God’s blessing normally comes after us grumbling for a while about how unfair He is….and the Israelites in the desert were no excuse. But let’s be human about this…they just left a place where at least they knew that they would have something to eat…now they had to depend on God…which of course is right where God wants us. So anyway….here the explanation of “what is it?”
Exodus 16: -13So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground. 15When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.
And what did it taste like? I think that it tasted like donuts….read the description below. Maybe that is just because I like donuts…and any sweets for that matter. And I just can’t imagine God giving us something that doesn’t taste great! Can you really imagine a God who would lead people in to the desert saying, here is something horrible to eat….doesn’t make sense to me.
Exodus 16:31 - The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.
Now I know years later…the Israelites would speak of manna in very disparaging way….and again, please be human…don’t we do the same thing?
Numbers 11:5 -The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.”
But be encouraged….with all of the grumbling, and our unappreciative attitude for the wondrous things that God does for us….He knows our frailties…and our stubbornness. And the great thing is that He doesn’t give up on us…..that is encouraging.
So the next time you have a donut…think about manna, and the provisions of our Lord and Savior. But don’t eat too many donuts….
Grace and peace, Dan