And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 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.
When God rains down food from heaven, He gives the children of Israel something they’d never seen before. He gives them something that exists nowhere in His creation. He gives them something unique and distinct, something truly come from heaven, a miraculous food to satisfy their hunger in a wilderness. And this bread of heaven is like Jesus, who came down to us from heaven and is totally unique and singular. Nothing like Him exists anywhere else in creation. And He certainly was something no one had ever seen before when He dwelt on the Earth.
And since Jesus is the true manna, its qualities and characteristics convey some things about Jesus. First of all, this manna had to be gathered daily. We need to seek Jesus anew every day. We must continually feed upon Him and His Word. But we have to expend some effort. The manna was available, but they had to go and gather it. And we must purposely put effort into our relationship with Jesus. We have to make time for Him.
We cannot live for long the way we are supposed to without feeding that relationship, feeding the Spirit within us, filling our hearts and minds with His truth, seeking His face in prayer, and honoring Him with worship. And the manna was faithfully available every day, just as Jesus is always there for us, dependably waiting for us to come to Him. Just as it was a God-given promise that the manna would be there every morning, we have assurance from God that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Also, everyone was fully satisfied. They were not left hungry after partaking. It was the perfect amount—not too much and not too little. It was everything they needed, given to them by God’s hand. In the same way, Jesus is all that we really need. He is all-sufficient in and of Himself to satisfy every need and longing that we have. He pours out all that He is into us, and we cannot have those things apart from Him. The manna was a sweet wafer, just as it is so sweet to know Jesus and to have a relationship with Him and to feed upon His Word. God has faithfully provided all that we need in Jesus Christ, so may we trust Him, serve Him, and seek Him day by day.