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Why Did Their Manna Stop?

Manna was given to the Israelites to sustain them in the wilderness. Although they had been slaves in Egypt, they were well-fed slaves i.e. "in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full."

"16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." (Exodus 16:1-4 KJV)

"Neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year"

Manna was given to the Israelites because they were unsettled. They could grow no crops of their own in the wilderness of Sinai (although they were not originally to have remained there for so long - see A Journey Without A Destination). That situation ended when they crossed into their promised land, "a land that floweth with milk and honey." The manna stopped just after Passover during the days of Unleavened Bread (see Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread; listen also to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page).

Map Of Israel's Wilderness Journey

"5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD [see also Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?]: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not show them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

5:7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho [see Christ's Passover; listen also the Sermon Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour].

5:11 And they did eat of the old Corn [i.e. grain, not maize] of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of The Land Of Canaan that year.

5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho [see also What Actually Made The Walls of Jericho Fall?], that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

5:15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so." (Joshua 5:6-15 KJV)

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