Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold , the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'"
So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp.
And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground.
So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.
"This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one more for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.'"
And the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less.
So when they measured it by Moses, he who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one's need.
And Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning."
Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.
So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot it melted.
And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two homers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
Then he said to them, "This is what the Lord has said: 'Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for y ourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'" Exodus 16:10-23
When you know that in that moment when the people are exclaiming, "What is it?" There is also the idea of "how? why? and when?" as well it explains just how amazing this 'manna from heaven' miracle was for the people of Israel. God shows up in a cloud of glory, shares His plan, and declares to them that because of what He is about to do they would "know that He was the Lord their God." In all that ....what....how....why....where astonishment also comes an awe for the One who provided the manna. For 40 years, every single day God provided for His people as the Lord their God! Check out Nehemiah 9:20-21 "You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, And gave them water for their thirst. Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, So that they lacked nothing; Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell."
Not only did God provide an amazing "What is it'" moment/miracle but He sustained them in every way possible on a daily basis all because He was their God. They lacked nothing! Their clothes didn't even wear out! He sustained them in every way possible including their daily supply of manna!
The truth is I love reading about this manna event in the lives of His people because it means I can trust Him with my daily supply as well! He provided for them each and every day. All they had to do is go outside their tents and pick it up. They could bake it or boil it and Exodus 16:31 tells us that it tasted like wafers made with honey. Psalm 119:10 says"How sweet are The words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!"I love that we too only need to 'collect' or manna each day! His Word is daily our provision! It too daily provides guidance and direction. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It too causes us to be filled with awe at His works! Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. Psalm 119:18 And of course their is the promise found in Matthew 6:30 ...Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Manna ... Don't forget to collect your daily portion today!