The Census of Manna

Isn’t it amazing as you are focused on a particular aspect of Scripture, Our Heavenly Father reveals other subtleties of the topic!

Exodus 16:16 This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ ”

In effect, the manna required a mini-census by each head of the family.  Our Heavenly Father made it quite clear that the manna was to be allocated and consumed each day without hoarding any additional pieces.  Twice the daily amount was to be gathered on the day before the Sabbath.  No work was to be done on the Sabbath.  Clearly, Our Heavenly Father kept an accurate count of the children of Israel in the Wilderness.  Our Heavenly Father used this “daily” census of manna collecting as part of their training to enter the Promised Land:

Deuteronomy 8:1 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.

:2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

:3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

On a daily basis for forty years, HE commanded them to observe the census when collecting the manna.  In order to “live”, they needed to carefully observe every Commandment.  Later, Jesus told us the essence of the Commandments were to Love.  In turn, we should carefully “observe” the Commandments to Love on a daily basis.

John 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Isn’t Love the true “bread of Life”?  Wasn’t He the full expression of Love from Our Heavenly Father?  Isn’t the Remnant to be “consumed” in similar fashion?  The manna was counted.  The children in the Wilderness were counted.  The 153 fish were counted.  Now we are being counted.  Count me in!

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