This was a special food that mysteriously appeared every morning on its own, 6 days a week.
They didn’t have to do anything to get the manna — they didn’t have to plant or toil or harvest … it just appeared and they could enjoy it freely. Taught them to depend and trust in God to provide for them.
It was enough to sustain the Israelites for 40 years in the desert … special energy pack?
It was a good daily reminder to the Israelites that the Lord was with them always — since they saw the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea and still questioned whether God led them out to die in the desert.
Jesus our Manna
Thousands of years later, when Jesus was feeding the 5,000, he brought up the time the Israelites’ ancestors ate manna (bread from heaven) in the wilderness.
Then Jesus said many times, “I am the Bread of life from Heaven.” (John 6:31)
Later Jesus explained, “This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world … I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you”. (John 6:51-53)
How is Jesus our Manna?
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’”