“Manna” from heaven- what is it? That is actually the perfect question! It is the perfect question because it is also the answer. The Hebrew word we transliterate “manna” literally means “what is it?” Manna or “what is it” was the term the Isrealites gave to the bread-like substance that fell from the sky and provided sustenance for them while they were wandering in the wilderness. I can only imagine those dinnertime conversations:
“So mom, what’s for dinner?”
“Ummm, ‘what is it.'”
“Ya, mom, what is it- what’s for dinner?”
“No, no, ‘what is it’ is what we are having.'”
“What? So you don’t know what it is and you want us to eat it?”
“Well… yeah, and be thankful you have something to eat. You know there are plenty of people who don’t have anything to eat.”
“Really? Seems to me that if you don’t need to know what it is to eat it there are plenty of things people could eat.”
“Just be quiet and eat your ‘what is it.'”
I could only imagine. Still, manna was God’s miraculous provision for people wandering in a wilderness. What’s even more is that these are people wandering in a wilderness because they were not faithful to trust God- but still, he provides for them. It is a story of God’s faithfulness amongst our faithlessness.
The story of the “what is it” wilderness provision is also the backdrop for the text for this Saturday- Jesus’ Feeding the 5000. It is a story of the miraculous power of Jesus, but it is also so much more. It is a story of God’s faithfulness.
Please join us this Saturday as we are graced with a message on the Feeding of the 5000 by Pastor Dick Powell.