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  • Paul McArthur

What is Manna?


The bible doesn't say... or does it?


Manna is mentioned 17 times in the bible.


The children of Israel did not know what manna was when God gave it to them. They called it manna. Moses told them what it was...


Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.


The bible actually tells us what manna was like...


Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.


Manna was like a wafer made with honey and coriander seed. It was a wafer, a type of 'bread' or 'cookie' maybe, made without leavening. That is interesting because leaven represents sin. God gave them food that had no sin because God has no sin.


They ate manna for 40 years. In Numbers 11 they were REALLY getting tired of eating it.


Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6 but now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. 7 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.


I'm not sure what Bdellium is. I found pictures that showed it was white. I found other pictures that showed it was a dark color. I would go with the dark color because it sounds to me like they were referring to OLD manna which did not last more than a day.


In Numbers 21:5 they said they had no bread or water and loathed this LIGHT bread. They got good at complaining. They were so tired of manna they did something they regretted. They murmured against God. And, when they murmured, God sent fiery serpents who bit the people and many died.


One interesting thing is Moses told Arron to put an omer full of manna in a pot... in the ark of the covenant.


Exodus 16:33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations.


That manna NEVER went bad... like God's covenant.


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