Primary Conventional Usage
The Dictionary defines Manna as the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. The secondary definition is that manna means any sudden or unexpected help. The third dictionary definition of Manna is that it is divine or spiritual food.
First use of Hebrew Word Manna in Scriptures
And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.
Commentary on first use of Manna in Scriptures
We do not need to speculate regarding the Messianic significance of Manna. Immediately after the Messiah miraculously feeds five thousand men, not to mention women and children, the same unbelieving Jews that had partaken of the miraculous feast cornered Jesus in order to ask him one of the most witless questions to ever trip off the human tongue.
We discover this stunning example of spiritual dullness revealed in the Gospel of John 6:20-21.
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Let’s read the patient and crystal clear response of Yeshua as He bore witness to the significance of His presence among them.
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.
Hearing these words the listeners enthusiastically requested that the Lord give them this bread forevermore.The Words of Yeshua were spiritual and meant to invite men into a relationship with him that would result in eternal life.Is that what the Jews who queried Jesus were looking for?
Jesus was offering eternal life and they were looking for a free lunch pass with no expiration date.It is at this point that Yeshua makes the unambiguous connection between Himself and the true Manna that comes from heaven.Consider carefully the testimony of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach:
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.But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
Is that the end of the story or are we meant to dig deeper and search out the meaning of the Hebrew word Manna? A word that Yeshua used as a metaphor for himself.
We have looked at the conventional meaning, and for context, it would be a good idea to read Exodus 16:15-35. Is there a hidden Messianic message in the Picture meaning of the Hebrew word we have translated as Manna?
Manna is a word in Hebrew that literally means “WHAT IS IT?”. Manna was a mystery from the beginning.
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