The Manna

Manna is translated in English as bread, literally meaning a food for the stomach. But when it is used as a symbol it means the word of God, a food for a spiritual mind. During the time of Moses (Ex 16:19,20), He gave an instruction to the people of Israel not to leave any manna until the morning. Yet they disobeyed His order - the following day it had bred worms and stank.

We may presume that during those days, when modern technology did not exist, bread could not be stored or left till the next day. Hebrews 4:2 gives us a good example for comparing the manna with the gospel: it was preached yet did not profit, not being mixed with faith.

As with some churches around us, it is easier to be in a crowd than sticking with a few who study the doctrines and get a deeper knowledge of the Bible. But to those who are conformable to the mind of God, they know what Isaiah says: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa 55:9).

Sis L Mandap (Hong Kong)

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