Trusting in the Provision of God
By Steven Lake
Copyright 2013 Steven Lake
The word "Manna" is a term that has come to mean many things to many people throughout the ages. But in its original Jewish context it meant "What is it?" This is because the Hebrew people didn't know what this strange gift from God was when they first saw it. But in the years and centuries since this simple word has taken on entirely new meanings, the most important of which is that Manna is a "special provision from God". Manna itself, at least in its original form, was a sticky, seed like substance similar to coriander in appearance with a texture not unlike gummy bears.
Numbers 11:7 (KJV) - "And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium."
While the description of Manna may seem odd to some, it was God's way of feeding His people in the desert as they wandered for forty years to complete the punishment for their sin of unbelief at Canaan, and to change the people by getting Egypt out of their hearts. Even so, despite their sin, God provided them with food every day of their journey in the form of Manna so they would always have something to eat. But this one special occurrence isn't the only time in history that God has done something like this for His children. He did it all throughout the bible and He's doing it even today, although we may not recognize it at times.