What the substance called manna was, is utterly unknown, but, from the circumstances in the text, it is evident that it was not a natural production, but was miraculously sent by Jehovah. These the learned Abarbinel, a most judicious Jewish interpreter, has thus enumerated: - The natural manna was never found in the desert where this fell where the common manna does fall; - It is only in the spring time, in March and April, whereas this fell throughout all the months in the year; - The ordinary manna does not melt in the sun, as this did - Exo 16:21
- It does not stink and breed worms, as this did, when kept till the morning - Exo 16:20
- It cannot be ground or beaten in a mortar, so as to make cakes, as this was; - The common manna is medicinal and purgative, and cannot be used for food and nutriment, as this was; - This fell in a double proportion on the sixth day, and not on the sabbath, as it certainly would have done had it fallen naturally; - It followed them in all their journeys, where ever they pitched their tents; and - It ceased at the very time of the year when the other falls, namely, in March, when the Israelites were come to Gilgal.
Whatever this substance was, it does not appear to have been common to the wilderness. From Deu 8:3, Deu 8:16, it is evident that the Israelites never saw it before; and from a pot of it being preserved, it is certain that nothing of the kind ever appeared again. Exo 16:5, Exo 16:16, Lev 25:12, Lev 25:22
Reciprocal: Gen 2:3 - blessed Psa 78:24 - the corn of heaven Pro 30:8 - feed