Manna. Here's a new feature in our "play," symbolic for the presence of Christ, sustaining His people anew each day. There are several significant principles to note about the manna.
It must be gathered daily by individuals and households. (Vs. 4, 16)
It can only be gathered for the day, and cannot be stored up for tomorrow or depended on from yesterday (except for Sabbath). (vs. 19)
Whatever we don't gather today will disappear. (vs. 21)
We will literally eat of it again in the New Kingdom (Rev. 2:17)
On the weekly Sabbath, God miraculously provided for them from the day before so they could enjoy a day of rest and provision.
God desires to speak to you each and every day. If you do not "gather" His sustaining Word and Presence, you will not have the grace He has offered you for today. "Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. However, the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live." John 6:48-51
Do you notice any particular theme emerging from the character of the Israelites? Remember yesterday we decided they needed some work on their character. We are no different today! We may not notice it on ourselves, but when it comes to trusting God and living a surrendered life of faith, most of us are just a bunch of whiners and complainers (especially me!). We don't want the hard road, we always want the easy road. But we never truly learn who God is and our faith never develops by taking the easy road.
Check out another informative video on the Israelites journey through the desert on Youtube (to skip the intro go to about 2:20).
22:23 That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees--religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. If you didn't believe in a resurrection, you'd surely be sad-you-see, too. ☺
Questions for reflection:
Have you ever thought about the fact that God wants to reveal things to you today that will be gone tomorrow, maybe for this lifetime, maybe forever? I have learned amazing things from God about God that I believe I would have missed if I had not had that one moment appointed by Him. Many of them you are learning right here in this blog.
Do you ever find yourself doubting, complaining, and whining about what God hasn't done on your behalf? Are some of those complaints things you haven't even asked Him to provide? I noticed the Israelites usually began whining before they ever took the matter to God. I am guilty of this too!