When looking at the series of “The Scarlet Thread” my intention in doing this is to show Jesus Christ. As we look at the manna – “What is it?” – is the actual meaning of the word. We must remember Jesus’s words, “I am the Bread of Life.” (John 6:32-35).
Manna was a special bread provide miraculously by GOD for the children of Israel to gather each morning for each day. It could only be gathered for six days, and enough could be gathered on the six day for the seventh day. It was given in Exodus 16:14-15. There is more scripture dealing with it in verses 16 -36. For the verses we will look at in the book of Numbers I want us to remember Exodus 16:31,
“And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
Remembering the taste of it was as “Honey”, or “wafers made with honey”, so it had the taste of sweetness in it.
We read in Numbers 11:8,
“And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.”
Then, they go around murmuring that “There is nothing at all, beside this manna”. Well! Is it any wonder? They have taken a perfect substance, made by the hand of God, miraculously provided, a daily provision; and they try to “Improve” it.
According to Jesus in John 6 He Himself is the Bread of Life. It is not an overstatement for me to say that there is much people today trying to “Improve” on Jesus. When people are bored with worship of Jesus preachers try to improve it by adding to the Word of God, adding entertainment to draw a crowd, adding worldly music with spiritual words, and that don’t always include the cross of Christ. All just so they can have a crowd. They lose their love for Jesus.
When we look at Jesus and think of Him, worship Him, adore Him; what more could we need? What more could we want? We are to desire to be like Him. How can we be like Him. He desired to do the Father’s will (Luke 2: 49; John 8:29). We are to live for Him, just as the Scriptures proclaim; nothing of the flesh.
We are not called to draw a crowd. We are called to be a witness. We are called to bear the image of Christ.
The manna is the Bread of Heaven who is Christ. Follow Him.
-Tim A. Blankenship