Remembering Manna and Bread

The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the desert. The land was barren and desolate with scant food or water. But God provided.


Then Adonai said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you….”

―Exodus 16:4


God performed a daily miracle to feed the Jewish people in the wilderness. Each morning, they awakened to manna on the ground. Any leftovers spoiled and were of no use for the next day, so every evening was an exercise in trusting God to meet their needs tomorrow as He had today.

Through manna, God taught the Israelites to depend on Him. He also taught them to receive life from His word, not merely the food He supplied.


He afflicted you and let you hunger, then He fed you manna—which neither you nor your fathers had known—in order to make you understand that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.”

―Deuteronomy 8:3


During Yeshua’s (Jesus’) temptation at the start of His ministry, He rebuked the devil with these same words from Deuteronomy. God’s Word gives life. By it, we know truth, and we receive guidance, wisdom, hope and strength. By His Word, we know His love. The psalmist declared God’s love better than life itself (Psalm 63:3).


Yeshua later revealed that He is our sustenance:


Yeshua said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.’”

―John 6:35


At Passover, Messianic Jews remember God’s faithfulness to meet the needs of the Israelites with manna in the wilderness. We also rejoice that He has given us His written Word to live by and Yeshua, who is both the bread of life and the Word (John 1:14).


Personal Reflection

Many times in the book of Deuteronomy, God told the Jewish people to remember how He had provided for them in the wilderness. Similarly, recalling God’s care for us today reminds us of His great power and tremendous love, fueling our faith in Him.

Think of some instances in your life when God specifically provided for your physical needs. Next, consider how His Word nourishes your spirit and sustains you. What are some key Scriptures that have fed you and met your spiritual needs at various times? Jot down today’s answers and add them to your list of remembrances accumulating as you go through these daily Passover devotionals.


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