Manna and the Bread of Life


By H.M. Snyder, illustrator for the 1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us by Charles Foster [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While they were in the desert, God fed the Israelites manna for 40 years. That’s forty years of one food, with a little quail on the side. No spices, no fruit. No bacon.

Manna was complete food- like protein bars, only better. Sustenance from God’s hand.

This bread from heaven, that the people named “what is it?” (Exodus 16:31) could be prepared a number of different ways. Manna porridge for breakfast, manna muffins for lunch, roasted manna for dinner. But the Israelites weren’t that impressed with manna after a while and complained, even though nutritionally, manna was all they needed.

Millennia after the miracle of the manna, what does it matter to us?

The gift of manna points to Jesus, the bread of life. Jesus tells us He is “the bread of God … which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” John 6:33

He is the source of life and our spiritual food. Do we feast on Jesus, the bread of life? Or do we consume too much junk food; social media, TV shows or other corrupting influences?

Even though manna rained from the sky every day, the people didn’t trust in God’s goodness to provide for the next day and tried to gather extra ahead of time. But it didn’t work. Manna only lasted one day.

Church on Sunday or a quick devotion last Tuesday, is not enough for today.  Jesus is our daily bread. He invites us to take Him in- at the communion table, in fellowship with his people and studying and meditating on his Word.

Make time for manna bread. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

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One Response to Manna and the Bread of Life

  1. Richard and Janet Gessaroli says:

    Thank you for sending this along. Great encouragement!

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