Ex 16:4                      Manna, Bread from Heaven                                 10/25/2009    ßà   

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Strength of Moses’ Faith (Num 33:10, Gal 4:25, Ex 16:2-3, 3:12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Written Word of God (2Pet 1:20-21, Rom 15:4, Ex 16:14, Ps 12:6, 119:140, Rev 22:1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Word in Types and Figures (1Cor 11:30, Matt 6:33, Prov 2:3-5, Ps 119:18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 16:1 (2X). The children of Israel moved on. They left Elim, the oasis with twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees and now, in Ex 16 they are wandering in the wilderness of Sin. In our language “sin” is an English word. But Here in Ex 16 Sin is an Egyptian name, which has nothing to do with the English word “sin”. It was here in the wilderness of Sin that God began to feed them with “manna”. Therefore the title of this sermon is, Manna, Bread from Heaven (2X). Let us read this whole chapter so that we remember the context. We read in Ex 16:1-36,

Ex 16:1-36  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD. And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings. And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a Sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day. 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. 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. 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. As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept. 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. Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.

The leading of the children of Israel into the wilderness of Sin brings out the strength of Moses’ faith.

#1.       The Strength of Moses’ Faith (Num 33:10, Gal 4:25, Ex 16:2-3, 3:12)

They were now totally away from any civilization. Here for the first time the loneliness of the desert stared the people in the face. Every step took them farther away from the inhabited countries, and every step was leading them deeper into the land of desolations and death. The isolation of the wilderness was complete. That Moses dared to bring this multitude of at least two million people into such a lonely place demonstrates his trust in Jehovah his God. Moses had lived for 40 years near such a wilderness, and thus Moses knew that only a series of miracles from God could meet the vast needs of this multitude. In this respect Moses’ faith was tested more severely than Abraham’s faith. Please put a sticker here in Ex 16, and please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Numbers, Num 33:10 (2X). Why is this scroll called “Numbers”? It is called Numbers because the children of Israel were numbered twice in Numbers. In addition, this scroll has a complete record of all the sordid events and all the camping places where the children of Israel camped on the way to the land of Canaan. We read in Num 33:10

Nu 33:10  And they removed from Elim, and encamped by the Red sea.

This Red sea was most likely the Gulf of Aqabah. In those days the Gulf of Aqabah was also called the Red sea. They had to walk around the Gulf of Aqabah to get to the land of Midian, for there in Arabia is where Moses met the Lord on Mount Horeb, which is also called Mount Sinai. God speaks in Gal 4:25 about Mount Sinai in Arabia. That is why we read that the wilderness of Sin is between Elim and Sinai. And here, in the wilderness of Sin, do we read of the murmurings of the children of Israel. Ex 16:2-3,

Ex 16:2-3  And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

It was not a few of the people who spoke like that; it was the whole congregation. First of all they used the name of God in vain. Secondly, they aggravated their sin by lying about their life of comfort in Egypt. As the slaves of the merciless Egyptians they were certainly not sitting by fleshpots, or ate bread to the full. And thirdly, It was Jehovah, and not Moses and Aaron who brought them to this place, for Jehovah had promised that they should worship Him in Mount Horeb. And so, they could not die until they had been to Mount Horeb. We remember having read this promise before in Ex 3:12,

Ex 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

And so, what was God’s response to this outburst of anger from the children of Israel? It was:

We read of God’s response in Ex 16:4. There God says,

Ex 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

The raining speaks of a plentiful supply of bread from heaven for these murmurers. Here we see the grace of God in full display. The manna which Jehovah provided was a complete supply for their bodies, which had to last for 40 years in wilderness wanderings. But the manna was also a beautiful type, or a shadow, of the spiritual food which God has provided for our souls. Notice that I said “their bodies” and “our souls”. The physical manna was for them, but the spiritual manna is for us. This food represents God’s written Word. We too are murmurers at heart. We too are by nature children of wrath, even as others. We too deserve that God would stamp us out, and cast us into Hell. But God has reserved for Himself a people whom He determined to save. Please turn to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:8 (2X). God has reserved for Himself a group of people, His elect, on whom He bestows His favors. And when we discover that God saved us, we are delighted that we belong to His elect. Those whom God drew out of Egypt were mostly not among His elect, for we read in Heb 3 that most of them died in the wilderness in unbelief. They died as unbelievers, and will stand before the judgment throne of Christ on the last day. Their sins will be punished by a righteous Judge. But God’s dealings with them were beautiful types and figures of God’s dealings with His elect people throughout time, if we only will recognize the spiritual pictures that God is painting before us. And so, God gave us the Bible in our hands that we may know exactly what He has said. And instead of bringing down the penalty for our sins upon our own heads, God sent the Lord Jesus Christ to bear the punishment on our behalf. Instead of the penalty for our murmurings, He gives us grace, which means unmerited favor. We read in Eph 2:8-9,

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Not of works. If God saved us by His grace, by His unmerited favor, then our salvation is a free gift. If we have to do something to acquire that salvation, then it is a salvation by works. God has given us the Bible in our hands so that we can clearly read that a works gospel is an accursed gospel. And God has given us the Bible in our hands so that we can clearly read that God saves by a Gospel of grace through Christ crucified. That is a free gift. Let us now see how the manna is a picture of the written word of God.

#2.       The Written Word of God (2Pet 1:20-21, Rom 15:4, Ex 16:14, Ps 12:6, 119:140, Rev 22:1)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle of Peter, 2Pet 1:20 (2X). When we venture into the Bible in search of types and figures we must be careful that we do not derive heresy. Why do I sound this warning? We have experienced such heresy from the man on the radio, who has introduced many innovations into the Gospel of grace. Watch out for these new doctrines. We read in 2Pet 1:20-21,

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

First of all, God warns us that “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” It means that no one can say, “This is what it means to me, and therefore this is what you must also believe, and you must obey what I believe the Bible says here.” You have heard the man on the radio speak like that. Secondly, God says in verse 21 that the entire Bible consists of words from God, which God dictated to His servants the prophets, and who then wrote it down for us. And so the Bible is an inexhaustible supply of messages from God that can be read historically, and interpreted morally, and which beg for a spiritual interpretation that must be harmonious with the rest of the Bible. God says in Rom 15:4,

Ro 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

I am going to list here 15 ways in which the manna can be seen as a type, or a figure, or a picture, of the Scriptures. #1. The manna was a supernatural gift. The Bible also was a supernatural gift. The Bible is the spiritual manna for our souls, and at every page it manifests its spiritual origin. The manna was not a product of the earth. It came down from heaven. Just like the Bible, it was a gift from God. And how else can we see that it was a supernatural gift? Let us consider how much manna was needed. God’s instruction was that an omer was to be gathered for every one of these two million souls. An omer is the equivalent of six pints, about ¾ gallon. Every day there would be twelve million pints of manna, or nine million pounds of manna, to be gathered. Nine million pounds is four thousand five hundred tons. Therefore, ten trains, each having 30 cars, and each car having in it 15 tons, would be needed for a single day’s supply. And so, over a million tons of manna would be gathered every year by the nation of Israel. And keep in mind that this went on for 40 years. Now, consider this: equally wonderful, equally miraculous, equally divine is the Bible. It is amazing that so many have not discovered this fact,

#2. The manna came right there were the people were. Every morning the dew lay round about the tents of Israel on the ground. And when the dew was gone up, behold, upon the face of the ground was a little round thing. We read in Ex 16:14,

Ex 16:14  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

They did not have to wander into the wilderness to gather the manna; it was right there around their tents. And so it is also with the Word of God. It is blessedly accessible to all of us. But the accessibility of the manna only added to the responsibility of Israel. They must either gather it, or trample it under foot. And this is also true of the Word of God. The very fact that it is right there in our hands determines our responsibility. We are obligated to do one of two things with it: Either we show our appreciation for it and gather these words to our souls, or we despise it and trample it under our feet.

#3. The manna was small in size. Who would have thought that a complete and perfect revelation from God could be held within the confines of one little Book? Think of it: The sum total of God’s revealed Truth in a Book which can be carried in your pocket. All that is needed to make us wise unto salvation; all that is needed to sustain our souls in this life; all that is needed to make the man of God perfect in His sight, all that is within the front and back cover of the Bible. And notice also that the manna was a small round thing. It had no angles, and it had no rough edges. Compare this with the Bible. This tells us of the beautiful coherence in the Bible. Everything harmonizes with everything. It tells us that the Bible is perfect, and whole, and complete. It has no rough edges for it is the providence of God.

#4. The manna was white in color. It was like coriander seed, white. How does that compare with the Bible? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 12:6 (2X). The Holy Spirit has a good reason for telling us about the color of the manna. As you know, white is the symbol of purity. And we also know that the Bible is the pure word of God. We read in Psalm 12:6, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” The words of God  are like the pure river of the water of life which proceedeth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, clear as crystal from Rev 22:1. Please turn to Psalm 119:140 (2X). As you know, Psalm 119 is a psalm dedicated to lifting up high the Word of God. We read in Psalm 119:140, “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.” There is no mixture of errors in the Word of God. In it there are no mistakes, no contradictions, and no blemishes. God designed it from beginning to end.

The manna was to be eaten, but the Word of God also has to be eaten spiritually. For a good reason the Word of God is called the Bread of Life, because it is given to provide food for our souls. But in order to get the good nutrients out of our food we need to learn HOW to feed on the Bread of Life. In correct eating there are always three things to consider: Appropriation, Mastication, and Assimilation. First look:

Appropriation. First I need to appropriate for myself a portion of the food on the table. I must scoop some food on my plate. To appropriate means to make it my own. For example, an unbeliever speaks of the Messiah, or the Savior. But a believer speaks of My Savior. In other words, faith appropriates unto ourselves. Please turn to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 8:32 (2X). Just as we appropriate the Savior, so we need to appropriate the promises and the precepts of the Word of God. For example, in Matt 7:7,

Mt 7:7  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,”

faith makes it personal and applies to myself what I read here, so that I say in my heart:

Mt 7:7 “I ask, and it shall be given me; I seek, and I shall find; I knock, and it shall be opened unto me.

Another example. When I turn to Rom 8:32, I read there,

Ro 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

In faith I am going to apply this to my own case, and then I say this in my heart:

Ro 8:32   How shall he not with him also freely give me all things?

God’s promises will afford us no comfort and minister no strength to us until we make them our own. I must read the Scriptures as if they were addressed to me personally. And so, just like the children of Israel had to appropriate an omer of manna for themselves, so I must appropriate a certain amount of Biblical food for myself. But I have to own it, it must be on my plate, and then I can chew it.

Mastication. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of the Psalms, Psalm 23:4 (2X). Mastication means that I must chew the food, and chew it slowly and thoroughly. Most of us are serious offenders in this. The children of Israel chewed the manna and while they chewed it they were grateful for the gift. But mastication of our spiritual food means that we meditate on the Bread of Life. Today meditation is almost a lost art. But did you ever notice that the “blessed man” of Psalm 1 meditated on God’s law day and night? Let me give one example of meditating by applying it on Psalm 23:4. We read in Psalm 23:4,

Ps 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with

me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

First of all this verse does not say, “When I shall walk through the valley”, but it says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley”. It is not a future event, but it is an event that I am presently experiencing all the time. And thus it brings to my mind that the valley is probably referring to this world. But why is it called  “the valley of the shadow of death”? A valley suggests peacefulness, fertility, beauty, and easy travel. But then “the valley of the shadow of death” suggests that I am walking through a cemetery. Is this earth comparable to a cemetery? And indeed that is so. Most of the people on this earth are the walking dead. God says in Eph 2:1 that they are “dead in trespasses and sins”, and most of them are going to die that way. And notice that the shepherd of Psalm 23 walks. He does not run as if he was afraid, but he walks through the valley of the shadow of death, because “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me”. And then the psalm continues to say, “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” What is this rod referring to? No, it is not the rod of iron which breaks the potter’s vessel, but it is the rod of reproof and correction. I do not mind that God corrects me once in a while, for He knows what is best for me. And the staff that He refers to is a shepherd’s staff with a hook, with which He pulls me back if I have fallen part way into the ravine. And so, this is an example of feeding on God’s Word. And we do not get fed if we do not meditate on these words. So, let me suggest to all of you, and to myself, that from this day forward early at the beginning of the day we write one verse on a slip of paper, and put it in our pocket, and carry it wherever we may go. Once in a while we refresh our memory by rereading our slip of paper. Pray over it, and ask God to give us a blessing out of this verse to reveal to us its beauty and preciousness. Then meditate on each word separately, and ask questions like: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? This is mastication.

Assimilation. Assimilation is the result of appropriation and mastication, and it is the chief end in view. The food that I eat has the purpose to give me strength and vigor. The spiritual food which I have taken into my soul, if properly masticated, will build up my new nature. It will nourish my faith, and supply my strength for my daily walk and service. For my comfort the Word of God says to me in Psalm 119:11,

Ps 119:11   “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

And this is the Word that I have properly eaten and digested. This was picture #5. Let us now look at:

#3.       The Word in Types and Figures (1Cor 11:30, Matt 6:33, Prov 2:3-5, Ps 119:18)

#6. The manna was gathered daily. Please turn to 1Co 11:30. The manna which they gathered today would not be sufficient for tomorrow. They needed a new supply every day. This also applies to our spiritual food from the Bible. The soul requires the same systematic attention as does the body. And if we do not do that we become spiritually weak and sickly. For example, we read in 1Cor 11:30, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” This is not referring to people becoming physically weak and sickly because they ate and drank the Lord’s Supper unworthily. You cannot make a mixture of spiritual with the physical phenomena. That is not harmonizing the Scriptures. These people were spiritually weak and sickly, because they ate and drank the Lord’s Supper unworthily.

#7. The manna was gathered in the morning. Please turn now to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 6:33 (2X). It was early in the morning, before other things had time to occupy their attention. And this is recorded for our learning. Just think of it. How many, who are now weak and sickly, would become strong in the Lord if we formed the habit of feeding each morning on the Bread of Life. Let no one complain that he has not the time. You may not have the time to study the whole chapter each morning, but you certainly have the time to write one verse on a piece of paper. It is certain that you do have he time to meditate on this verse throughout the day. And after a while you will be surprised and delighted at the numerous blessings it will do to your soul. God says in Matt 6:33,

Mt 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

He who is first in our life is the first one we turn to early in the morning, or else He is not first.

#8. The manna was obtained by labor. Please turn in your Bibles to the Proverbs of Solomon, Prov 2:3 (2X). If the children of Israel were not out early in the morning, and the sun rose upon the manna, it melted. And here is where diligence on our part is so much needed. Remember the manna did not fall into their mouths, but around their tents. Do we understand that the character of the Word of God is such that it ministers in fact only to those who have earnestness of heart to seek it? Let us hear what God says in Prov 2:3-5

Pr 2:3  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Pr 2:4  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Pr 2:5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Therefore, labor is needed. God seeks from us that diligence which shows our appreciation of the treasure that His Word is. Before an omer of manna could be gathered, much labor was involved.

#9. The manna was gathered by stooping. They had to go down on their knees. And this applies likewise to the Word of God. Something more than diligence is needed if we want to appropriate from God’s Word that which our soul needs. There must be a dependence upon God, the Author of the Word. We must get down on our knees and cry with the author of Psalm 119:18,

Ps 119:18 ¶  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

#10. Some gathered more, some less. Is that not exactly what we find around us today? Some people limit themselves to the Psalms and the Gospels, and rarely do they refer to other sections of the Bible. Some study only the Epistles, but they neglect the prophetic portions of the Bible. And just a few are studying both the OT and the NT, and they derive immeasurable delight in the wonderful types and figures that are found almost on every page. And so, some gather more, and some gather less.

#11. What was gathered must be used. Divine truth must not be hoarded up, but it must be used for present profit. As the Lord gives us opportunities it is our privilege to pass it on to others. God designed it this way very wisely, for it is in this way that Christian fellowship develops, and it becomes most helpful when we can assist one another with Scriptures that we do not understand.

#12. The manna was incomprehensible to the natural man. The children of Israel did not know what it was, and so they called it manna, which means “What is it?” Thus it is also with the Bible which the manna prefigured: The unregenerate are unable to comprehend the Scriptures. God says in 1Cor 2:14,

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

#13. The manna was despised by the mixed multitude. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Numbers, Num 11:4 (2X). Together with the children of Israel also a mixed multitude went with them out of Egypt. Historically, the mixed multitude could be run-away slaves. But spiritually God indicated that the Gentiles had part in the Gospel all the way from the beginning. Remember the 318 faithful servants of Abraham, trained servants, born in his own house. We read in Num 11:4-6,

Nu 11:4-6 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

The unregenerate had no appreciation for the manna. Likewise the unregenerate do not appreciate the Bible. The Bible is to them a history book about people who lived a long long time ago in a land far far away, but it does not touch them in their heart. Or the Bible is to them a book of laws. Or the Bible is to them a book that teaches men to live decently and tolerate one another.

#14. The manna was preserved in the Ark. Moses commanded Aaron to take a pot and put an omer full of manna therein, and place it in the Ark. And Heb 9:4 tells us that it was a golden pot. But is it not amazing that the manna rotted in a day, but manna stored in the golden pot and placed in the Ark of the Covenant was preserved for 40 years until they reached the land of Canaan, and even thereafter the golden pot was preserved for hundreds of years throughout the temple period. No one dared to look into it. But compare this now with the Bible. God tells us how He has preserved the Scriptures throughout the centuries, even unto this day.

#15. The manna lasted until Canaan was reached. They had manna every day for 40 years. This tells us what an inexhaustible supply God has for His people. Thank God this is also true of the spiritual manna. God says in Isa 40:8, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Pray to God that we will be able to say the words of Jer 15:16,

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

For I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts”. This is the main reason why I rejoice.

                  AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.