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It was what it represented more importantly than what it was. Here is a few comparisons between the true bread and the shadowy bread, while at same time revealing both. Taken from John Gill's commentary on John 6:32. Christ being as little known by carnal men, as the manna was at first to the Israelites: and in its nature, kind, form, and quality; It was round in form, which might be expressive of the perfections of Christ, and particularly his eternity, being without beginning or end; It was white in color, which may denote the purity and innocence of him; It was sweet in taste, as he, his fruits, his word, and ordinances, are to them that are born again; It was small in quantity, which may set forth the meanness of Christ in his state of humiliation: It was also typical of Christ in its usefulness; it was sufficient to supply a, great multitude, and that for many years, as the fullness of grace in Christ is sufficient for the whole family in heaven, and in earth, in time, and to all eternity; Israelites all shared in it, and had all an equal portion of it; so all the people of God have an interest in Christ, and equally participate of the blessings of his grace, and shall enjoy the same eternal life and glory by him:
It was an edible substance which God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert during the 40-year period following the Exodus and prior to the conquest of Canaan. --Wikipedia Psalm 78:25: "Man ate the food of the mighty ones. 1 He sent them more than enough to eat." 1 Because of the reference to “heaven” in the preceding verse, it is likely that mighty ones refers here to the angels of heaven. The LXX translates “angels” here, as do a number of modern translations (NEB, NIV, NRSV). --bible.org The KJV (the King James Version) has "Man did eat angels food." 2 Heb: “provision he sent to them to satisfaction.” "O Bread of life from Heaven, [Jesus] O Food to pilgrims given, O Manna from above: Feed with the blessèd sweetness Of Your divine completeness The souls that want and need Your love." -- Anonymous "The Word of God is the 'bread of heaven' that God’s people must feed on daily if they’re going to succeed in their pilgrim journey (Matt. 4:4). The way we treat His Word at the beginning of each day reveals whether or not we are yielded to Him and want to obey Him. To enter a new day without first feeding on the heavenly manna is to invite disappointment and defeat." --Wiersbe Manna is reserved as the future food of the righteous (compare Rev 2:17 -- "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.") -- [ISBE]
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