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Monday, June 7 2010
The Bread Of The Wilderness
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).
"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.
Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say about manna?