That was the question, and that is what it was ultimately called. This substance that was provided during a mass wandering for a mass of humanity. So what is this strange substance that fed the nation of Israelites as they wandered through the desert regions for forty, yes forty years. And was also enclosed in the Ark of The Covenant.
Manna; means; what is it? Exodus 16:4 God says He “will rain down Bread from heaven”. It was provided on a daily basis, and only enough for each person for one day, on the 6th day there was enough provided to last for two days through the Sabbath day so as not to have to labor for it, as an ordained day of rest. Psalms 78:23-25 says it was the “bread” of angels and the “grain” of heaven. Grain, bread very symbolic terms for whatever it was.
Grain to flour to Bread elements used for fellowship and memorial offerings in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy, and The Bread of The Presence in The Tabernacle (the presence of whom?)…Let that rise for a moment in your ponderings.
Jesus referred to himself as the Bread of Heaven as well as The Bread of Life, so lets look at some BREAD besides that mentioned above. John 6:32-35
Feast of Unleavened Bread observed for 7 days prior to the Passover Feast.
Jesus the Word made flesh. When He, Jesus, was tempted by the devil in the account found in Mathew 4:4 a peculiar thing jumps out. The devil tries to get Jesus to make Bread, from a stone? Ok so what does stone represent; a hard heart of stone, the stone tablets on which The Ten Commandments were written, gravestones in the Kidron Valley? When stone or rock is crushed it becomes…dust…powder. Remember in Genesis The LORD GOD made man from the “dust” of the earth. Fine flour like powder was prescribed to be used in making the Bread offerings in the OT. Fine flour likened to dust. What about the Bread? Man shall not live by “Bread” alone but by every WORD spoken by the Mouth of God (Rhema) the spoken WORD. Was Jesus’ reply. That Spoken WORD is that Written WORD becoming flesh in the body of Jesus of Nazareth, who stated this is my body, as he broke the Unleavened Bread of the feast on the night he was betrayed. Take and eat of it he commanded Mt.26:26,Mk.14:22,Lk.22:19,1Cor.11:23-24. He also is on record of saying whoever will not eat of his flesh will in no ways enter the Kingdom of heaven. (Flesh=Body=Word=Bread)
So what is it? It is an understanding a “revelation” that we must have a complete confidence and TRUST in The Bread, that is The Father will nourish us through The Son, Jesus the Christ. That He alone is more than capable to provide all that we need. “Give US this Day our Daily Bread” (Mt.6:11). As we enter into this season of joyous celebration, take some time to remember that staple of Life, Bread.
In the personal, relational, communion (koinonia), and interactions and be partakers of and with Jesus our Great Redeemer The Living Bread, The Living Word.