2009-04-22 - Gathering Manna
Revelation 2:17, "To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna."
It is a great promise that Lord gives to those who overcome in the church at Thyatira. They will be given some of the hidden manna. The church of Thyatira had a difficult location. They were located "where Satan dwells," Rev. 2:13. They were a mission right on the doorstep of Hell. They held fast the name of Christ, and they did not deny their faith. But they were not perfect. The Lord took issue with some things. The promise here is that those who overcome will be rewarded with some of the hidden manna.
Have you ever given much thought to the manna that God provided to the Israelites in the wilderness? Every day, for 46 years, God cared for His people by providing for their physical needs. The fact that the manna did not come on the Sabbath is instructive to us. The manna was falling before the Ten Commandments had been given, and still there was to be a day of rest. The day of rest and worship is a Creation Ordinance. For all those who say that the Ten Commandments don't apply today as Law for the Christian, they cannot get past the truth that setting a day apart each week, one in seven as a day of rest, was instituted at creation, and did not begin with the institution of the Ten Commandments. It is a Creation Ordinance, and we see it here.
But we have gone beyond our topic. Let me sum up what I was about to say. In the manna, no Israelite was forgotten. Every morning, enough manna for every man, woman and child fell, and a double batch on Friday, to preserve the Sabbath. Consider for a moment the personal nature of God's love here. It is very sweet. God sends enough every day for every person. He thought of each Israelite as if they were the only one. His love and care rested upon each one of them individually. He has affection for each life. He is the same God today, and He will give each of us all we require. He loves us as if we were His only child.
Consider also that the Lord provides for all our needs. The manna came from God, and He gives us all we require, as well. Whatever second causes He may use, when our needs are met, God is the primary mover. Where do we gather our spiritual life? Every day, we go to the Lord for fresh supplies. God feeds our soul. Let us take care that we seek this spiritual food from Christ daily. The Israelites went out for fresh supplies from God every morning, and we must go to Him every day also. We need fresh supplies from Him. We don't live on yesterday's manna. We may even need to hourly feed on Christ. The food of the past, dwelling on spiritual life in bygone time, is no way for the child of God to live. Every day, we need food for our soul.
Lastly, how do you think the Israelites gathered the manna? I suspect they got down on their knees to gather it. I don't need to draw the application for you. You may do that yourself. Let us get low, on our knees, and gather the heavenly manna by prayerfulness. The church at Thyatira has a promise that if they overcome, they will be given the hidden manna, but we have a promise also that we may daily gather spiritual manna to meet our daily needs.
Soli Deo Gloria,