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MANNA…means-“What is it?” in Hebrew. Well, that’s appropriate since you probably would never guess its make-up unless you had done some research. I have, and the Bible describes it as white, like coriander seed and tasting like wafers with honey. Man, sounds great…for a snack or dessert! I love coriander seeds on salads or meats. But not sure I could make it a regular diet. It can be used whole or ground as a part of many recipes.


The word also has come to be identified with prosperity or blessing; like something of value one receives unexpectedly. We exclaim; “wow, manna from heaven!” There is more truth in that response than you might think. It can be referred to as ‘spiritual nourishment of divine origin.’


A little Biblical manna history lesson/a journey through time!

The Israelites had not traveled very long in the desert from Egypt before their rations ran out. Oh, and then the grumbling and murmuring began against Moses, Aaron and even God Himself! Nothing much has changed since then. So, God sends a huge flock of birds and they have ‘pigeon under glass’. Gourmet! But then they were told about manna. The immediate reaction was–“What is it?” Thus the meaning!


Every day, enough fell on the dewy ground to meet their needs for that day; ‘bread from heaven’! Better eat it then ’cause it’ll be wormy and spoiled the day after. Probably didn’t take long for the rebellious to figure out that He meant what He said. Just like a loving Lord. There was “two helpings” over the weekend so they would not have to gather on the Sabbath. Eventually, the murmuring (today we would call it bitching and moaning) started over the same old manna day after day. Try forty years or 14,600 days straight with no change in diet!


God’s grace and provisions were sufficient each and every day. They still are! Yesterday’s manna was good for nothing, and tomorrow’s had as yet not been given. “Give us this day our daily bread” comes to mind (Mt. 6:11) Physically, we need food, clothing and shelter of some nature but Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 that if we will seek Him first and His righteousness, He’ll add/provide all these things. What we’re seeing is-God’s grace, mercy, provisions and manna are sufficient for our days here on earth, one day at a time. By faith, we need to trust His promises. This pleases Him like nothing else. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb.11:6).



Let’s get honest. Our ‘manna’ is Jesus, the true Bread of Heaven. Listen to what He says about Himself. ‘Then Jesus said to them, “most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world“‘ (Jn. 6:32,33). Every single thing, big or small, that we need is from Jesus. He is ‘all in all’! Preachers, religion, politicians, government, your career, family inheritance, welfare-nothing can satisfy the true hunger of every man for life, abundant and eternal. It only comes to you in and through Jesus. “Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (Jas. 1:17).


Manna from heaven! His name is Jesus! Is He your daily bread? Meditate on this!

“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he 

who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread that

 came down from heaven – not as your fathers ate the manna, and 

are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever” (Jn. 6:57,58).


I’m starved–would someone please pass the manna!!!


Copyright 2015

Bill C. Dotson



Scriptures taken from the NKJV

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