Exodus 16:16 “…one omer for each person…”
Used this as a standard for each person. This way they could divide out the amount gathered. If someone gathered more, they could share. If someone couldn’t gather enough, another could share with them. That way all would have enough. Kinda like have a penny, leave a penny, need a penny, take a penny.
18 “…he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack…”
Another reason to do this was that you couldn’t leave any for the next day. Anything left over would spoil. God was trying to teach them to trust Him on a daily basis.
20 “…it bred worms and stank…”
What happened if they left any until morning. Probably didn’t do that but once.
24 “…they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms…”
Could only do this on the sixth day before the Sabbath. This was so you didn’t have to do any work on the Sabbath. They did all their baking, cooking, and gathering on Friday for two days, and it would keep. Any other day it would spoil. This is also a type of what happened to Christ in the tomb after the crucifixion. No decay.
27 “…some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none”
Also, the manna didn’t fall on the Sabbath day, so they weren’t supposed to go looking for it. Keeping some overnight during the week and looking for it on the Sabbath were both violations of God’s commandments. And some disobeyed on both counts.
31 “…it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey”
Fell down in wafer like pieces. They gathered it then ground it in mortars to produce a type of flour or meal. Then you could make cakes with it like bread. And it tasted sweet like it was made with honey. How could you beat that? God could have made it taste like cardboard or have no taste at all. But He made it pleasant. Still they will complain. Like we do when God gives us better. We complain because we don’t get what we want even if He gives better. Humans are a pitiful bunch.
32 “…Fill an omer with it, to be kept for your generations…”
Moses had Aaron fill a pot with manna to keep as a memorial so future generations could see how God provided for His people.
35 “…they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan”
I think it says He gave the manna until they ate of the fruit of the land. Once there was sufficient food to be found, God stopped the manna. Of course, He was providing the fruit of the land. But He no longer had to provide the MRE’s so to speak. Like K rations. Meals on the go.
36 “…an omer is one-tenth of an ephah”
In case we didn’t know.
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