The people murmured at the very first difficulty. If they had been grateful they would have said, "The God who brought us out of Egypt, and through the Red Sea, will not allow us to die of hunger." But instead of this they accused Moses of being a murderer. And in answer to this God said, "I will rain bread from heaven." What an illustration of Romans v.8.
II. -- Manna like salvation, because it saved the people from perishing.
Nothing else would have done in its place. The people had jewels, but they could not eat them! They had instruments of music, but they could not live on sound! Nothing else but Jesus can save the soul from famine. Sinner, ask thyself the question of Isaiah li.2.
III. -- Manna like salvation, because it was plenteous.
There was enough, and more than enough, for some melted ungathered every day.
Some Christians dishonour God by their leanness. "If any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever." John vi.51.
IV. -- Manna like salvation, because it had to be gathered.
It did not come into their tents. You might starve within only a few feet of plenty. Some people are too lazy to be saved. Whoever got it had to stoop. It did not grow on trees, but on the ground. Some are too proud to be saved!
V. -- Manna like salvation, because fresh every day.
It was, "Give us this day our daily bread." There are some who try to live on past religion, and it is like the manna of verse 20. Is your religion fresh?
VI. -- Manna like salvation, best gathered early.
It was in the morning plentiful, but when the sun rose it melted; there would be a little here and there in shady places. If you would have plenteous grace, young reader, seek it now!
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