It was a tired, hungry, and dispirited Israel that murmured in the wilderness against Moses and Aaron, reminiscing about the flesh pots and the abundance of bread in Egypt. God responded with meat of which they knew and a bread of which they knew not.
Israel’s response to the bread God rained down from heaven was to ask, “What is it?” Moses had to instruct the nation regarding its gathering, preparation, and storage. And the manna continued until Israel entered into the Promised Land.
Similarly, the church wanders in a world that lieth in wickedness, and its members are prone to think wistfully of the lives from which they were delivered. When saints first experience the grace of God, they ask the same question regarding it Israel asked of the bread that had fallen from heaven: “What is it?” As Israel needed instructions regarding God’s manna, the church similarly requires instruction about God’s grace. Further as the bread from heaven continued until Israel did eat in the Promised Land, the grace of God will sustain the church until the wedding supper in New Jerusalem.
There are more than few things manna and grace have in common. Let's try to cover a few.
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