Scripture tells us that when the dew evaporated every morning the manna remained. Five days a week the people were to gather only what they could use that day. Any remaining manna would spoil. On the sixth day of the week the people were to gather enough for that day and the next, the Sabbath. No manna would appear on the Sabbath. This manna gathered on the sixth day would not spoil and was readily usable on the Sabbath. The manna began to appear about a month after leaving Egypt and continued for forty years while the people wandered in the Sinai wilderness. The manna ceased to appear immediately when the people entered the Promised Land.
God met the need of food in the wilderness. The bread that God supplied was not something processed, a product from a bakery in the wilderness, it came straight from heaven, right to where the people were. The material could be eaten the way it was found or it could also be cooked or baked. God made it clear that He would supply their daily need for food, but they would have to go out and gather their bread every day. Trust was needed to believe that the food would appear on schedule and obedience required in gathering the provisions in the way GOD specified. The phenomenon of manna is a perfect object lesson in what God wants from us, for our maximum benefit.trust and obedience. Manna was a supernatural gift from God. Daily He rained about 4500 tons of it down for them, for 40 years!
We are instructed by or LORD the same way when He directs us to pray, give us this day our daily bread. Sometimes we might find ourselves in wilderness situations, as were the Israelites many centuries ago, where everything seems to be too hot, dried up, without life or growth and we think we are going in the opposite direction of our dreams. We may feel unloved and even ignored. God appears to be miles away and His promises even farther. He is, however, close for He has promised never to leave of forsake us. So we do not need to be discouraged because even in the wilderness the Lord keeps His promises and meets our need for bread from heaven. All we have to do is go out and get it. That applies to all of us! It speaks about "daily bread" and not about the "abundance of things". It's about what we need and not about what we want. And God wants us to trust Him concerning our needs. At times the going out to gather the bread seems to be the main struggle because it requires obedience, action and often effort. We can get it daily from the Supreme Supplier, the Source, the Word of God. Daily means just that, daily!
Interestingly Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, and what did Jesus reply to Satan?
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
Jesus' message is that it takes more than food to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God's mouth. The Word in an ultimate sense is Jesus Christ, Himself.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:32-35
I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:48-51
From the lips of Jesus we can see the analogy between the manna of the wilderness, the bread from heaven, and Jesus Christ, The Word, as the bread of life? Jesus Christ is a gift from God, freely given, for us. There is a daily need, a daily provision and it is to be gathered and eaten by everybody individually.
" What is it" is what the Israelites called manna. Those of us that follow the LORD really stand out to the world around us. There is a difference. Many times folks ask themselves just "what is it" that makes those followers of the LORD different. We know the answer. The answer to the question "What is it?" is simply one word. Jesus!