Manna - The Word of God
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Exodus, chapter 16. We are ready to begin our journey with the children of Israel across the wilderness. They have been delivered from the land of Egypt. Shortly after they had crossed the Red Sea, they came to their first real obstacle; they had no water. God miraculously provided water for them and led them to a place called Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and threescore and ten palm trees; and there they encamped by the water.

In chapter 16, we will see them traveling on a bit farther, so that they will have been six weeks away from the land of Egypt. Six weeks of journeying is not very long, and you would not think that disappointment and discouragement would arise so quickly after such a glorious deliverance, but it did. We will read the entire chapter so that we may get the sense of the Scripture:

Exodus 16

1And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
2And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
3And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
5And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
6And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:
7And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmuring against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
8And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
9And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings.
10And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
11And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.
13And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
14And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
15And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moss said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
16This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
17And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
19And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
21And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
22And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
23And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
25And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a sabbath unto the LORD: today ye shall not find it in the field.
26Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
27And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
28And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
29See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
30So the people rested on the seventh day.
31And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was life wafers made with honey.
32And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
33And 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.
34As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the testimony, to be kept.
35And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
36Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.

This chapter, like the preceding ones, was included in the Word of God so that we might profit by the illustrations and types of spiritual truth which is contained therein. God did not record this experience of feeding the children of Israel in the wilderness just so we could say that God fed three million people with ordinary food. He recorded this experience because He was pleased to use manna as an illustration of something greater and more important than ordinary food, and we will be seeing what it illustrates.

God's Provision Forgotten

First of all, let us notice what this chapter actually says. Only six weeks out of Egypt, and the marvelous deliverance at the Red Sea and the marvelous provision of the water in the wilderness seem to have been quickly forgotten when the children of Israel looked at the circumstances in which they found themselves. Like many of us, they did not evaluate those circumstances practically. They were hungry; there was no question about that, but you would think that they were much worse off than they ever had been in the land of Egypt. They either deliberately lied about their good days in the land of Egypt or they were deluded by the Devil. If you will look at verse 3, you will see how utterly foolish was their reasoning and how inconsistent were their statements:

Exodus 16

3And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

Notice the last statement, “You brought us forth into the wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” That was foolishness. After God provided the miracles in delivering the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, would He then kill them after He got them into the wilderness? I say this is foolish reasoning, but it is no more foolish than the reasoning of some of us who apparently are able to trust the Lord for the salvation of our souls, but not for the preservation of our lives.

Have you ever stopped to consider how inconsistent we are? We are willing to trust the Lord for the salvation of our eternal souls. Our only hope of Heaven is God's Word. We accept that; we believe it; yet when the first little trial in ordinary, everyday living comes up, we become panic stricken. We go to pieces, and we say, “Surely the Lord has forsaken us!” We almost sink beneath the waves of discouragement. Aren't we inconsistent? Just about as inconsistent as were these Israelites, who knew that God delivered them miraculously but now thought He was going to let them die in the wilderness for want of a little material food.

We are just as foolish as they; and our foolishness, because we do not control our thoughts, sometimes leads us to make as false and irrational statements as they did. They said, “When we sat by the flesh pots, we did eat bread to the full.” If your memory serves you from the early part of the book of Exodus, this was everything but true. They were slaves. They did not have time to sit by the flesh pots and enjoy a good feast. They were slaves; they did not have bread to the full.

As a matter of fact, just before God delivered them from the land of Egypt, you will remember that Pharaoh ordered that all the straw should be taken away and that they should go up and down the length and breadth of the land and hunt straw to make brick and still produce the same quota of brick they were producing when the straw was provided for them. Think about that for a moment. When do you suppose they would have had the time to sit down by the flesh pots and eat bread to the full?

Deluded By the Devil

That is the way the Devil does. When we become discouraged, the Devil will even make us think that things which we could hardly stand when they were happening suddenly are the most wonderful things that could have occurred to us. He colors our thinking; he deludes us; he deceives us.

He loves to do it in moments of discouragement. He tells us that the world offers us far more than God offers us and that experiences we had before we endeavored to live yielded lives for the Lord were much more wonderful than we thought they were when they were happening.

The Devil had deluded the Israelites; and because they were thinking not rationally, but foolishly, they began to murmur against Moses. The children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. That was bad enough. Certainly Moses and Aaron had enough burdens without having to put up with the complaints of a disgruntled people, but the serious thing about it was that their murmuring against Moses and Aaron was actually murmuring against God. Look at verse 7:

Exodus 16

7And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?
8And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: [and he repeats] what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

It would have been bad enough for them to murmur against Moses and Aaron, making their service difficult; but their murmurings were more serious in that they murmured against the Lord. Therein lies a tremendous lesson for us. If we are in the very center of God's will, if we have asked the Lord to order our steps, and He orders our steps in different places and we murmur against the individuals involved, which we are quite apt to do, we are really murmuring not against those individuals, but against the Lord. That is what makes it very serious.

Murmuring Against God

Sometimes children, when they are asked to do things by godly parents who feel led of the Lord to make their requests, murmur against their parents. They talk about how awful their mothers and fathers are because they make certain demands upon them. They are demands based upon the Word of God, and actually the children are not murmuring against father and mother; they are murmuring against God.

That is why we must not permit murmuring by our children about things that are righteous and right. It is not a mere matter of their murmuring against us as parents; it is a matter of their murmuring against the Lord. If we permit that murmuring without rebuke, if we tolerate that murmuring, it won't be long until those very same children will be murmuring openly against the Lord, and we will wonder why. We will even ask ourselves the question, “Why?”, and we will be telling ourselves we have done everything we knew to do to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We fail to remember that when we permitted disobedience to us, we were training disobedience to God; when we permitted murmuring against us, we were permitting murmuring against the Lord. We can take this passage of Scripture and make wide application of it.

If you are in a family where there are problems, and if the Lord is directing your steps, if you are there by His divine permission and you are murmuring and fretting about the conditions in which you find yourself, you are murmuring and fretting against the Lord and losing your spiritual victory. If you have asked the Lord to lead you and to direct your life, and you know that He has, and you are in some kind of position where things are difficult and you lash out at everyone around you, you are really not lashing out at those individuals; subconsciously you are lashing out against the Lord. That is why it is so serious. It is not a matter of mere discontent; it is not a matter of mere murmuring; it is a matter of complaining to the Lord about the place in which He has put you.

God's Provision By Grace

The Israelites were murmuring against the Lord, and Moses told them they were murmuring against the Lord, and the Lord spoke to Moses that He might give direction to them. Will you notice verse 4:

Exodus 16

4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain fire and brimstone from heaven on you and the people shall [perish because they are the kind of people they are]

Is that what your Bible reads? Well, it is the way it ought to read, except for the grace of God. There are many illustrations of God's grace, and to my mind this is one of the clearest we have in the Word. This is what He said in verse 4:

Exodus 16

4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

This is grace; instead of raining punishment upon them, He provided food for them, bread from Heaven. I want us to notice the things that are said about the bread from Heaven so that we may have the facts fixed in our minds as we look later at the thing for which this bread stands. The bread was to be provided every day, and the people were to gather it every day. Glance at verse 13:

Exodus 16

13And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
14And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
15And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one 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.

Several facts are now clear from these verses. First, the bread was to be provided every day. Then you will notice that the bread was to be provided every morning. It was described as a small, round thing on the ground, and the children of Israel called it “manna.” God did not call it “manna”; the Israelites called it “manna.” Why did they call it “manna”? Because they were familiar with the sap of the tamarus tree that gathered on the outside of its bark in little white globlets just about the size of this bread from Heaven. Because it looked like that, they said, “It's manna; that's what it is.” Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord hath given you; it is not manna–not that ordinary sap of the tree; this is God's supernatural provision.”

A Supernatural Provision

Then notice verse 23:

Exodus 16

23And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

You can see that this bread, provided supernaturally from Heaven, was real; it could be baked (the book of Numbers tells us it was ground up into flour and baked) and it could be seethed–that is, it could be stewed somewhat like a stew. Then look at verse 31:

Exodus 16

31And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white [that is another description of it] ; and the taste was like wafers made with honey.

You see, this food was practical, it was palatable, it was all one should desire. Some instructions are given in regard to the gathering of this food, which is important. Look at verse 16:

Exodus 16

16This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.

The instructions for the gathering of this manna were that every man should gather an omer for himself; and if he had the responsibility for several in his household, he was to gather enough for every member of his household; and it was to be equally divided, according to verse 17:

Exodus 16

17And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

How much was an omer? In verse 36, we read that an omer was the tenth part of an ephah. If you take the trouble to follow that through, you will find that an omer was six pints. Six pints of manna were gathered by each individual for food for that day and that day alone. Notice verse 19:

Exodus 16

19And Moses said, Let no man leave of it until the morning.

This means simply, “Don't gather more than you will eat today–just an omer, that's all.”

The Sad Result of Disobedience

But in that day, as in our day, there were people who believed they could rationalize, that they could ignore the Word of God. They were like the people who say today, “Well, I know the Bible says that, but…”, and then they go do what they want to do. I am quite sure that in that day when the word went out from Moses, “Gather just six pints for each man and eat it up today; don't save any of it for tomorrow,” someone came along and said, “You know, this is the first day this has happened, and it might not be on the ground again in the morning. Six pints is quite a bit; we'd better not eat it all today.” Someone said, “Moses said to eat it all today; don't leave any of it.” “Well, I know Moses said that, but I think we ought to be practical. I think we ought not to be foolish; I think we ought to be conservative; I think we ought to save for a rainy day.” “But Moses said…” “I know what Moses said…” So what happened? Look at verse 20:

Exodus 16

20Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning.

They did not obey the Word of God; they knew more than the Word of God. You see the sad result in the same verse. When they awakened in the morning, instead of going out and gathering manna fresh, as they were told to do by the Lord, they went to their chests and got out the manna, and they had to hold their noses. That manna had bred worms and was stinking by the time they got to it. Oh, they knew more than the Word of God, they thought, but when practical application was made, they found out how little they knew. In verse 21, we read:

Exodus 16

21And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

They had learned a lesson. You would think that it would be sufficient and that there would not be need for any more lessons, but any individual who thinks that he has learned it all in spiritual progress and has no more lessons to learn is not facing the facts of life. Notice verse 25:

Exodus 16

25And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
26Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.

“On the sixth day,” Moses said, “gather enough for today, but gather enough for tomorrow, too.” The people said, “Wait a minute; we are all confused. You told us to gather just enough for one day; now you tell us to gather enough for two days.” But some of these folk who had not believed the Word of God at first had become believers overnight. They said, “Moses, wait a minute. We didn't believe you the last time, so we gathered for two days, and it has taken us a week to fumigate our houses. Now you tell us to gather for two days?” Moses said, “You gather for two days; that is what God said.”

Obedience By Faith

You see, they had to learn obedience, not on the basis of what they could understand, but on the basis of faith; and we must learn that, too. You see, if Moses had said to them the second time, “Don't gather it for two days,” it would not have been hard for them to obey, because they had disobeyed and learned by disobedience that it didn't pay. Many people today obey, not because they walk by faith, but because they have learned by sad experience that it pays to obey. That does not appeal to the heart of God as obedience and faith appeal to Him.

Again there were some Israelites who just could not believe what Moses said. “Oh, we know Moses said it, but still, Moses doesn't understand.” Notice verse 27:

Exodus 16

27And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.

You see, they did not gather enough on the sixth day for two days. They gathered just enough for the sixth day, and when they went out on the seventh day, there was not any, and they had to go hungry because they had not obeyed the Word of God. Verse 28:

Exodus 16

28And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?

Does that sound familiar? Look back in this same chapter and notice what was said in verse 4:

Exodus 16

4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

Did you wonder why that last statement was included in verse 4? How could God's providing bread from Heaven, to be gathered every day, prove their obedience? Now we have seen how it could prove their obedience. Because they did not trust the Lord, they disobeyed Him and gathered enough food for two days when they should have gathered for only one day. And because they did not trust the Lord, they refused to gather enough for two days and gathered only enough for one day. That elicited this response from God: “How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?”

A Walk of Obedience

Grace is the greatest instructor in obedience that you will find in the Word of God. Laws do not always teach obedience, but grace does, and these folk were learning by experience that the walk of obedient faith is much to be desired by the child of God.

You will notice in verse 35 that the children of Israel “did eat manna for forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna until they came to the borders of the land of Canaan.” That is a tremendous statement. For the Lord to provide manna one day is a miracle; for Him to provide it a week is a miracle, indeed; but think of it, every day for forty years! When that dew came down, on the dew was the manna. Every day for forty years God provided their food. Here we are talking and thinking about it as though it were an unusual thing; yet we need not, because just as God provided manna for the children of Israel every day for forty years until they reached the land of Canaan, He provides for you and me every day of the world, once we have placed our faith and our trust in Him.

Do you remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said should be the principle of every child of God in regard to ordinary living? “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added” (Matthew 6:33). In the manna provided for the children of Israel we have an illustration of God's provision for us day by day.

Notice, please, Psalm 37, verse 23:

Psalm 37

23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
25I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

This is God's promise. I am quite aware that this is a promise made originally to Israel, but the promises of the fathers become ours when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (Romans 15:8-13). This passage of Scripture means exactly what it says. “I have been young,” David said, “and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Someone says, “Well, David hadn't been around; he hasn't, but I have. I have seen the righteous forsaken, and I have seen the seed of the righteous begging bread.” I would like to remind you that they did not have to. You may have seen it, but they did not have to, because the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord. Just as certainly as God is able to feed three million people in the wilderness for forty years with manna every day, God is able to take you and me through this entire life meeting our every need. If we believe that, peace will be in our hearts.

Manna as a Type of the Word

What is the significance of manna from a spiritual standpoint? After having examined these various things about it–the manner in which it was supplied and the manner in which it was gathered–I would suggest that you turn to the Gospel of John, chapter 6. You will remember that the Lord Jesus Christ had performed a miracle; He had fed five thousand people with a few loaves and fishes. Notice verse 22:

John 6

22The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;
23Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:
24When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
25And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
26Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
28Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

They had just witnessed the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, but they were asking for another miracle. They were asking for another sign, and they explained in verse 31 why they wanted another sign:

John 6

31Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

“No use to talk about a bread miracle; we are used to that sort of thing. God fed our fathers forty years on manna, and you have only fed five thousand for one day.” Notice verse 32:

John 6

32Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

The manna which God provided in the wilderness is a type of the living Word of God. Turn back, please, to the book of Deuteronomy and notice in chapter 8 these words:

Deuteronomy 8

1All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
2And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger [notice now] and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; [notice] that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

We would remind you that the manna which God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness is not only a type of the living Word, but it is a type of the written Word as well.

Reread this chapter when you have time with these two things in mind; see how many times things related to the manna in the wilderness are applicable to our assimilation of the written Word and our fellowship with the Living Word.

Importance of Manna In the Morning

As a guide, let me point out one or two things. The Israelites were to gather this food every morning. I believe in the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures, and I do not believe that words are used by accident. You will notice that when they were told to gather this manna in the morning, the morning did not mean high noon; it meant before the sun came up, because when the sun came up, the manna melted and was gone. I will not quibble about time, because I think you can do as much damage to your spiritual life with an empty form as you can without any effort at maintaining it, but I will suggest that if you don't learn to have some time with the Word before your day begins–whenever it begins–you cannot expect your day to amount to anything for the Lord or for yourself.

It is so easy not to have that time with the Word; it is so easy to begin the day without it. But you cannot begin the day without some assimilation of the written Word, you cannot begin the day without some fellowship with the living Word, and expect the day to meet your needs any more than could these Israelites have food for the day without gathering the manna in the morning. You have already learned, I am sure–certainly I have–that if you do not have that time in the morning, you will not find time during the day. You may start out by saying, “I don't have time right now, but I will take a little time during the day.” You won't; the manna will be gone by the time you think you have time to gather it.

Notice, too, that if this manna was to do the work that God intended it to do, it had to be gathered every day; they could not gather enough for two days. I am amazed at how foolish some people are. They will go to church on Sunday morning and try to gather enough manna to last all week. It just won't work. It gets worms in it and stinks before the next time they come to gather manna.

The sad thing about our churches today is that many times that manna is half-spoiled already when you get it; it just will not last very long.

Not only is it necessary to have this manna in the morning, but it is necessary to have fresh manna ever day; it cannot be gathered to be stored up. Follow this suggestion through this chapter and see what a wonderful illustration we have of the living Word and the written Word.


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