16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
16:16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
(See Scofield "Exodus 16:35") .
16:20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
Cf. John 6:33 ; John 6:41 John 6:42 John 6:52 . Christ gives himself unreservedly, but we have no more of Him than faith appropriates, ; Exodus 16:18 Exodus 16:2 ; Joshua 1:1 . Exodus 16:2 is our title. Exodus 16:3 is the law of possession:
16:35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
As we are not nourished by the memory of food, so neither can spirituality be sustained on past appropriations of Christ.
Manna, type of Christ as the "bread of life," come down from heaven to die "for the life of the world." John 6:35 John 6:48-51 . A "small" thing Exodus 16:14 having but the taste of "fresh oil." Numbers 11:8 or "wafers with honey" Exodus 16:31, it typifies Christ in humiliation as presented in Matthew, Mark, and Luke; "having no form nor comeliness; . . . no beauty that we should desire him" Isaiah 53:2 . But as such He must be received by faith if we would be saved John 6:53-58 . To meditate upon Christ as He went about among men, doing not His own will but the will of the Father John 6:38-40 is to feed on the manna. This is, of necessity, the spiritual food of young believers, and answers to "milk" 1 Corinthians 3:1 1 Corinthians 3:2 .
But Christ in glory, and the believer's present and eternal association with Him there, answers to "the old corn of the land" Joshua 5:11 the "meat" of Hebrews 5:13 Hebrews 5:14 or Christ as presented in the Epistles of Paul. (Cf) 2 Corinthians 5:16 .