As the LORD had instructed Moses, Aaron placed the manna in front of the testimony in order for it to be preserved. The Israelites ate manna for forty years until they got to a settled area; they ate manna until they reached Canaan's boundary.
Moses told the people that whenever they wanted to eat bread they were to go out and get some from any tree in the land. They were to keep some of it for today because tomorrow might not be given to them.
The Israelites lived for almost six hundred more years after Moses died before they were defeated by the Babylonians. At that time they had moved into Egypt again.
You may be wondering how the manna was kept safe through all these years. Even though humans cannot live without food or water for very long, Moses was able to preserve the manna because it had a special property: it would grow even when planted in rock. When we plant seeds we hope they will take root and grow but sometimes they don't. With manna, however, this did not happen. It remained fresh and tasty even after many years because it was never eaten - it was only found in certain places once a year.
Some Bible passages imply that the Israelites ate only manna until they reached Canaan, despite the availability of milk and flesh from the cattle with which they journeyed, and allusions to rations of fine flour, oil, and meat throughout stages of the journey's...
The Israelites ate only what God provided for them. In the beginning of their journey, God told Moses to give them manna to eat. This was food that grew naturally out of the ground and was only available during certain times of year. However, later on in their journey when they entered the land of milk and honey (see below), they had freedom to go out and get any kind of food they wanted. But even so, God never stopped providing for them; he always kept a supply of manna and water close at hand.
As well as eating manna, which is described as "bread" or "food" in several places in the Bible, the Israelites are also said to have eaten meat. The Israelite men would slaughter livestock and go ahead of the army into the land, but the women and children stayed in camp. When the Israelites went into battle, one of the leaders would kill a sheep or goat and everyone else would share it out fairly. Although the Bible doesn't say so, it probably didn't contain much nutrition beyond protein and essential minerals.
The manna God supplied for the Israelites in the wilderness represents Christ, the ultimate spiritual bread from heaven. The Israelites needed to gather bread so that they could eat it every day. When Moses smote a rock in the wilderness, God also provided water. This shows that Jesus is the Rock who provides eternal life.
Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:48)
God provided a physical way for the Israelites to receive His provision of salvation and spiritual life. Without the manna and water, many people would have died before reaching the Promised Land. But with God's help, everyone was able to survive until they reached their destination.
Today we can trust in Jesus' words when He says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to me unless he is willing to surrender himself to me completely."
Just as God provided food and water for the Israelites in the wilderness, Jesus offers us His grace through prayer and faith in order to meet our daily needs.
He is the living Water who gives eternal life. With His death on the cross, Jesus satisfied God's demand for justice while providing a way for us to be forgiven of our sins.
Manna Manna (Hebrew: man man, Greek: manna, Arabic: almanuW, occasionally or archaically written mana) is an edible substance supplied by God for the Israelites during their 40-year journey in the desert following the Exodus and before to the conquest of Canaan, according to the Bible.
It came down from heaven in large quantities every day at dusk, just before sunset. It was said to be like coriander seed, and it tasted like wafers made with honey.
The Israelites were forced to move around within certain limits because food ran out early on in their journey and they would have died if not for Moses' instructions on how to prepare foods such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruits which could be stored for later use.
Moses told them what kinds of food could be safely eaten while traveling and what should be used to preserve it. He also instructed them on how to cook their meals properly. Once you reach safety, he told them, you can eat whatever you want.
According to the Bible, the Israelites ate both fruit and vegetables during their journey in the desert. They also ate meat including lamb, goat and beef. Some scholars believe that they may even have eaten wild game such as gazelle and deer.
The Israelites were told to consume just the manna they had collected for the day. Manna preserved on the day before the Sabbath (Preparation Day), when twice the quantity of manna was collected, "bred vermin and stank." This manna didn't go bad overnight. It kept for about a week after collecting.
Hebrews 11:37 says that God "had provided them with bread from heaven". The Bible doesn't tell us what kind of bread it is but since manna came from heaven it can be assumed that it was nutritious and tasty.
In addition to manna, God also provided other food sources for His people during their wandering in the desert. These include animals and plants that grew naturally or were hunted down and captured by the Israelites.
During their stay in Egypt, the Israelites lived off of the products of their own land - wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive trees, watermelons, leeks, onions, radishes, carrots, peas, beans, parsley, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and myrtle. They also ate fish and seafood, including clams, oysters, bass, bream, crayfish, frogs, and worms. Insects were available as well; Moses was given directions on how to prepare some of these for eating such as ants and grasshoppers.