Manna: An Example of Father’s Infinite Goodness

gleaning-detailFather is infinitely good toward His children. As an example of His goodness, when the children of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years, Yahuwah supplied them with manna to eat. All the Israelites had to do was to gather manna each morning, six days each week, for their daily food. They all went out to gather — ‘some more, some less’ (Exodus 16:17)

Did they have enough? Did they have any lack?

As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. (2Corinthians 8:15)

From the above verse, we can see the great lovingkindness of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]!

Father looked upon those who had gathered ‘little,’ and then He miraculously supplied the additional manna necessary, so that there was no lack!

Gathering much manna is good and beneficial! Gathering much can be a blessing for ourselves, and for others!

However, Yahuwah is so merciful that even if we gather only a little manna, our Heavenly Father multiplies it — so that we have no lack!

That Says A LOT!

Father’s eye is on all our ways. He watches over us, and He sees whether we gather much or little.

We may think that what we have gathered is too little, or perhaps insignificant. Yet our gathering-up, no matter how small, is far more important than we realize! What is often thought of as small or insignificant can have big consequences, and can prove to be very significant.

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, some gathered much, and some gathered little. Their gathering seems to imply that those who gathered only a little may have been physically weaker, or perhaps smaller or not as able-bodied as some of the others. Yet our merciful Father made sure that those who were weaker or smaller had no lack!

His Strength Made Perfect In Weakness

In his letters to the Believers, the apostle Paul unveils more of this mysterious lovingkindness of Yahuwah.

While in the midst of one of his times of trial and difficulty, Father spoke to Paul about his trial:

And He [Yahuwah] said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2Corinthians 12:9a).

Paul, whose very name means ‘little’ had been praying for relief! As we can see by this verse, Father’s answer to Paul [‘Little’], reveals a spiritual principle:

We may think we are weak, small, or insignificant. But if we will honestly seek Him and go to Him, then our heavenly Father’s grace is multiplied toward us, and is abundantly sufficient for us.

Yahuwah’s grace enables us, and gives us His strength, His power, and His perfection, even in the midst of our weakness!

How Does This Happen?

bread-slicedIn Scripture, ‘manna’ is a picture of the ‘Word’ of Yahuwah.

Manna is like a seed, and so is Yahuwah’s Word  (Exodus 16:31; Luke 8:11).

Manna is sweet like honey, and so is Yahuwah’s Word (Exodus 16:31; Psalms 119:103).

Manna is as bread from heaven, and so is Yahuwah’s Word (Psalms 78:23-25; John 6:51).

The Scriptures are Yahuwah’s written Word.

Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] is Yahuwah’s living Word, living within us.

The children of Israel went out to gather something that they called manna, meaning “What is it?” They called it manna, because they did not know what it was. All they knew was that they needed to feed upon it every day.

It is that way with us too!

There are times when we do not know what we need — times when we do not know what to do!

But if we will go to Yahuwah to gather His Word — if we will seek Him in the written Scriptures for His strength and direction, and cry out to Him for His mercy and provision  — then He will help us, and He will make provision for us! We will ultimately have no lack!

Go To Him

How simple it is to merely cry out to Yahuwah for His help!

In the midst of any situation or circumstance, we can go to Father in sincerity, and gather of His Word, seeking His direction and comfort. When we go to Him, then regardless of whether we are able to gather much or little, we shall find that He makes a new beginning for us in every way!

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Yahushua [Jesus] the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

As this Scripture passage teaches, our Saviour understands us. He knows our abilities and what we can gather. When we search His written Word, seeking Him in prayer, or in a dilemma, He comes to us, and gives us His grace — that is, He gives us His strength and guidance for what we need.

If we have a willingness to follow Yahuwah by obedience;

If we have a desire to please Him;

If our heart is sincere in seeking Him — He will then give us the extra measure of grace we need, so that we will have no lack!

My friend/sister, Sue, recently saw this principle demonstrated personally! She hosted a dinner, but did not have enough food (so she thought), for the many unexpected ones who showed up. But Yah multiplied her little offering, and the food seemed to never disappear, and there was NO lack. Her story is a modern illustration of the abundant lovingkindness of Yahuwah Elohim, the Mighty One of Israel!

Let us continue therefore, patiently and regularly, to gather and feed upon the manna of Yahuwah’s written Word, in whatever amount we can, just as the children of Israel did, who gathered manna each morning,

Let us be expectant of His mercy and His provision — and let us never forget His infinite, and very present, goodness!

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3 comments on “Manna: An Example of Father’s Infinite Goodness
  1. Sue in Aqaba says:

    What an encouraging word! Well done! Thanks!


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