The more I study the miracles of the Old Testament, the more I see that they were prototypes of Jesus in the New Testament. One such miracle was the provision of bread (manna) for the children of Israel in the wilderness.
The manna came each morning, Exodus 16:12…At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”
Every morning God showered bread from heaven, and for us, His mercies are showered upon us every morning (Lamentations 3:23).
Jesus takes the miracle of bread in Exodus a step further by saying that He Himself, is bread from Heaven.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jesus equates Himself with the manna from heaven. Therefore, let us let us see the uniqueness of manna and how we are to react to it.
1. Manna was a manifestation of the Glory of the Lord – Exodus 16:7. The Glory of the Lord rest upon the Lord Jesus. Luke 4:18
2. They were to eat as much manna as they could eat. Jesus is an all you can eat buffet. Exodus 16:16. Concerning Jesus, we are to taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalms 34:8
3. They mishandled the manna and worms entered the manna. We are not to mishandle Jesus. John 6:71-72 (Judas hanged himself)
4. When the sun grew hot it melted. Jesus went to hell for us. He ultimately took the keys to hell.
5. There was no manna on the Sabbath. They were supposed to gather twice as much on the sixth day. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. Hebrews chapters 3 & 4.
6. They ate the manna until they entered the promise land. We feast on Jesus in this life. When we leave this life, we will forever be with Jesus in our promised land. Revelation chapters 21 & 22.
7. As generous as the Lord was to Israel with the manna, Israel wanted the meat of Egypt:
Numbers 11:4 – 4 And the mixt multitude thatwas among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 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.
Friend, don’t murmur against the blessings of God, and despise the continual mercies of Jesus. That entire generation died and did not make it into the promised land.
See how this is personified in Jesus:
Hebrews 6:2:4 – For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing theycrucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Conclusion, let’s partake of the Jesus who is the Bread from heaven with joy.
Dr. Himie Pickett
The Bishops College