The Provision of the Lord

“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.” Ex. 16:31

“And the manna was as coriander seed …And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.” Num. 11:7-8

When the children of Israel first received manna from heaven, they gladly accepted it as God’s gracious provision for their journey through the wilderness. It was sweet to their taste and satisfied them fully. But eventually, the mixed multitude who were among them affected their appetite (Num. 11:4) causing them to crave Pharaoh’s menu and forget their former days in Egypt. Despite their tedious efforts, the manna went from tasting like “wafers made with honey” to cakes with the taste of “fresh oil”. It had not changed, but their taste for it had. If we let them, the “mixed multitude” of our day can also affect our appetite and appreciation for God’s Word and foolishly long for the past life. The Psalmist said “taste and see that the Lord is good”. Taste and keep on tasting!

Nothing between my soul and the Savior, naught of this world’s delusive dream, I have renounced all sinful pleasure, keep the way clear let nothing between.

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