Manna: A Picture of the Bible
Manna is a picture of both the word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God (Jesus Christ). Below are some comparisons between manna and the Bible.
1. First mention is Exodus 16. Since Genesis has 50 chapters – add 50 and 16 and you get 66 – the number of books in the Bible.
2. It was to be gathered daily (though they gathered double on the 6th day so they didn’t have to gather on the Sabbath). God’s word is to be partaken of daily (Luke 11:3).
3. Manna is described as “a small round thing” (Exodus 16:14). Round things have no beginning and no end, just like the Lord Himself (Psalm 90:2). The Bible is also a circle: Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Revelation 21:1a – “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:”
4. Not everyone gathered the same amount (Exodus 16:16-18) just like not everyone takes in the same amount of God’s word on a daily basis, though ALL need SOME.
5. Since the manna was “on the ground” (Exodus 16:14) a man would have to stoop down in order to gather for himself. One must “stoop down” in humility (Isaiah 66:2) in order to glean truths from the word of God.
6. The manna was WHITE (Exodus 16:31), a symbol of PURITY, another match with the word of God (Proverbs 30:5).
7. The taste of manna “was like wafers made with honey” (Exodus 16:31). The Bible is compared to honey (Psalm 119:103) and it is certainly SWEET to the spiritual taste buds!
8. A pot of manna was laid up in store “before the LORD, to be kept for your generations” (Exodus 16:33). It was placed in the ark of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4) and traveled with the Israelites for 40 years. This is miraculous since the “shelf life” of the manna was 36-48 hours (Exodus 16:19, 20) on the norm, but this manna obviously didn’t spoil! This is an excellent picture of the hand of God in preserving His word so that it may “be kept for your generations.”