Anyone For a Bite of Manna?

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The only heavenly morsel described by its taste.


“It was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers with honey” (Exodus 16:31). 


You know, the Word is to taste just like honey to us as well. The Psalmist said “How sweet are Thy Words to my taste. Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).


I wonder if we are not often like the Israelites about the Word though? 


They couldn’t figure out what the manna was for.


“When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was” (Exodus 16:15).


How often do I have the Word presented right in front of me and yet not quite know what to do with Him?


They had to be directed how to use it.


“And Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat’” (Exodus 16:15). 


It’s not just the Bible that is the Word, although every word written within the book is Truth (Psalm 119:160). No, the Word is actually Christ (John 1:1-4). And when we read the written Word, we are bringing “the Living Word to the feet of the Life-Giver. Fused together, the Word is no longer something that we just read, but is He who lives within us.”*


They had no idea that the taste of this wafer would become their life for the next forty years.


“And the sons of Israel ate the manna for forty years, until they came to an inhabited land” (Exodus 16:35).



Although they were eating the bread of heaven (Exodus 16:4), it didn’t make them any holier. 


  • They still quarreled (Exodus 17:7)
  • They still made promises they didn’t keep (Exodus 19:8; Exodus 32:8)
  • They were still addicted to pleasure (Exodus 19:6)
  • And the list goes on…..


Feel any correlation to your own life, here? I do.


So what is the key? How can my daily bites of the Word actually give me a peaceful and restful walk?


Again, the Israelites grant us the key:


“And so we see that they (the Israelites) were not able to enter (into rest) because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:19). 


Doubting the Word of God, whether in the written or Living Form, is always the source of our problem. 


If we truly want to know Him with all our spiritual senses, we must faithe Him, no matter how plausible the evil one’s lies. The devil is a liar and will craft experiences around us that seem more true than God’s Word (2 Corinthians 11:14). 


Will we believe the shadow of our current situation or will believe His final reality?


Let’s taste Him today and believe that He is good. 



*(Quoted from Hungry For More: Feasting Through the Word, p.16-17)