"Then 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." Exodus 16:4
"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." Exodus 16:15
"And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna; and it was like the coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey." Exodus 16:31
"And Moses said unto Aaron, take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it before The Lord, to be kept for your generations. As The Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept." Exodus 16:33-34
"...and The Ark of The Covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna..." Hebrews 9:4
"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; 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." Deuteronomy 8:3
One of the three items kept in The Ark of The Covenant was the golden pot of manna. "Manna" was a nickname. The Hebrew word simply means "What is it?", and manna was so named because the children of Israel were clueless about it. Exodus, chapter 16, records God's miraculous provision of this 'bread from heaven'. Yet with Provision comes Responsibility. Being a proper steward, or manager, of what one is provided with by God as well as the ability to trust and follow the instructions of His Word are often more important than the provision itself. The children of Israel were told to only gather in the morning enough for that day and not to keep any overnight for the next day. They were to trust one day at a time. On the sixth day of the week they were told to gather a two day supply of manna, as none would be available on the sabbath; a day of rest, not of gathering.
Many of the children of Israel ignored the Word of God they were to live by; saving some overnight (it became full of worms ) and looking for and even expecting some to gather on the sabbath (there wasn't any...I told you they were clueless! ). How often have I tried to do things on my own and my way! When all else fails...follow the instructions!
A golden pot of manna was kept in The Ark of The Covenant as a reminder to all generations of God's Provision. But even more beautiful than this picture of God's provision of manna is God's provision of His Son. Just as the children of Isreal were sustained by manna in the wilderness, so are we sustained by the true 'Bread from Heaven', Jesus Christ; and in Him we have an eternal life that no physical bread can ever give.
"Then 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. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And 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." John 6:32-35
Jesus Christ is the "True Manna". In Him is all the life and spiritual nourishment that we can ever hope for. Are we good stewards of the eternal life He has given us? Are we seeking to follow the instructions of His Word as we live this eternal life? Are we trusting Him one day at a time? He is our source of life! To Him be all the glory and honor and praise!
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna..." Revelation 2:17