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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:
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