What is It?

We are on an eating journey through the Bible from the garden of Eden to New Jerusalem. Our next step is manna.

Jesus is the bread of lifeAfter eating the Passover lamb, the nation of Israel crossed the Red Sea into the wilderness. There they complained about hunger (Exodus 16:2-3). Jehovah’s response (v. 4) was, “I will now rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day.”

“In the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, What is it? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat” (v. 13b-15).

This bread signifies Jesus as our real bread from heaven. In John 6:32-33 Jesus, replying to a statement about eating manna in the wilderness, said, “My Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.” And in verse 35 He said, “I am the bread of life.”

Exodus 16 and Numbers 11:7-9 give a detailed description of manna. These details portray the richness of Christ as the bread of life in our Christian experience. Much about these details of the manna and its application to our Christian life is found in Life-study of Exodus (with a link to online reading) by Witness Lee, messages 34-39.

Photo of Ireland, courtesy of Toby Shelton.

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