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Kingdom Bakery 2: Manna

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

Exodus 16:19–20, NIV

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of [the manna] until morning.” However, some of them…kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.

In ancient Hebrew, “what is it” can be rendered "man-hu", a likely derivation of what this food has come to be called, "manna". Exodus 16:31 describes it as being “like coriander seed,” and “white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.” | (Exodus 16:14-15) When the layer of (morning) dew evaporated, there was a fine, flaky substance on the surface of the wilderness, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they began to say to one another, “What is it?” for they did not know what it was. Moses said to them: “It is the bread that Jehovah has given you for food. (Numbers 11:7-8) Incidentally, the manna was like coriander seed, and it looked like bdellium gum. The people would spread out and pick it up and grind it in hand mills or pound it in a mortar. Then they would boil it in cooking pots or make it into round loaves, and it tasted like an oiled sweet cake.

When the Israelites were in the wilderness on their way to Cannan God supplied them daily with this bread Manna in the morning and at night quail (vs 8-13). In order to ensure that no one had too much or too little manna, Moses provided instructions to ensure that manna spoiled quickly would only last for one day (vs 14-18). Continually depending on God for their daily bread demonstrates their faith and obedience to deliver them from the habit of greedy hoarding of God's provision. If one took too much or kept what was supplied for that day unto the next day the manna would be consumed with maggots and rot.

Throughout the entire Bible, God's mercies, His compassions, are not lacking but were new and refined every day. When we spend time with God and position ourselves under His provision each day God shows us is love when we spend time with Him. In any relationship the more you spend time with someone the more your relationship will grow. The moment you stop communicating the further we drift apart. It takes our effort to spend time with God. The way we spend time with Him is through His word.

Each day, when we give God the first moments of our day to read His word and talk to God, it could be as simple as "Lord, show me Your will for me this day" He will equip you for that day. Make this new year to start building your daily foundation in communication with God. Allow God to shift your day to align with the goodness and mercies He has prepared for you. God is faithful to provide.

Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus. As we seek you, give us this day our daily bread through Your word. We surrender ourselves to rely on Your daily provisions to guide and keep us aligned with your precious Kingdom purpose. Great is Your faithfulness! In Jesus' name Amen.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

Matthew 6:11 / Luke 11:3 ESV

Give us this day our daily bread

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