And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.…
I. THERE MUST BE INDIVIDUAL EFFORT FOR INDIVIDUAL NEED.
1. The manna lay around their tents, but it had to be gathered. To feed on Christ each must lay hold of him for his own soul by meditation and prayer and trust.
2. If we do not "taste and see that the Lord is gracious," his nearness to us will only deepen our condemnation. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?
II. CHRIST MUST BE LAID HOLD OF DAILY DURING THE WEEK'S TOIL,
1. The sabbath has its provision without labour. This law is sometimes inverted - sabbath day's toil, six days' negligence - but in this way Christ will be fed upon neither in labour nor in rest. They who come from daily walking with Christ, find the sabbath feast spread for them.
2. The life of labour in striving to lay hold of and feed upon him, is followed by the rest that remaineth and the feast which his own hand will spread.
III. GRACE WILL NOT CONSORT WITH DISOBEDIENCE. The manna stored up to save from toiling, when God commands to toil, was unfit for use. We cannot live on the memories of past experiences of Christ's graciousness. He must be daily sought for.
IV. CHRIST THE SOUL'S FOOD DURING THE ENTIRE EARTHLY PILGRIMAGE (ver. 35). During the whole forty years Israel fed upon the manna. We must feed daily upon Christ till we reach the inheritance. They who will be sustained in their journey must determine to know nothing save Christ and him crucified. - U.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.