31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the Lord commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations.
34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.
35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
36 Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, we see a description of the bread the Lord left in the fields for the Israelites to gather, the food the Israelites called manna. We learn that it tasted like wafers made with honey. We also learn that the children of Israel ate manna for an astonishing forty years. Can you imagine this—the Lord provided their food out of nothing every day for forty years, there being a multitude of people to be fed!
One aspect of today’s reading that I found very interesting is that the Lord told Moses, who told Aaron, to fill a pot with an omer of manna and lay it up to be kept for “your generations.” In modern times, archaeologists have discovered many items that date back to ancient times, including one of the most famous of a biblical nature, The Dead Sea Scrolls. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that omer of manna that Aaron put away were to be discovered in our modern time. Although that would be an amazing thing to happen, we know that with God all things are possible. Perhaps someday we will learn the composition of the amazing manna delivered by the Lord himself to nourish the people of Israel on their long journey.
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