And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ” (Exodus 16:22-23)
The children of Israel were given explicit instructions in how they were to gather the manna; gather what you need for the day and don’t leave any until morning. This is what they were to do for five days. However on the sixth day, a different instruction was given: gather a double portion in order to feed your family on the sixth day and prepare bread for the following day as well. Unlike the other days, the remaining bread was not afflicted with worms and did not stink. The distinction is that the double portion collected on the sixth day was in preparation for Shabbat.
Understanding that the manna is emblematic of the Word that God gives us daily, the double portion infers that there is to be a time that God will multiply His Word in our lives. In other words it hints that, as we approach the end of days and the advent of the Messianic Kingdom — the Great Shabbat — our understanding of Scripture will be expanded. The double portion of manna suggests that we will be able to ascertain things we have not grasped in times past. Consider what was spoken to the prophet Daniel:
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
Perhaps this passage is speaking of more than what we have supposed, Maybe it is that, beyond mankind’s growing knowledge of the world and the ability to development technological advancements, this verse alludes to the increase in understanding of what God has said. Considering this was spoken to one of the most cryptic of prophets, it might also include the notion that mysteries that have evaded our understanding would come to light.
If we are truly living in the last days, then I do expect that we will begin to see this idea take shape. I have no doubt that God is bestowing a double portion of His Word upon His people and, also, a double portion of His Spirit that we might better understand His Word in this hour. It is our duty to gather and internalize the Word He is giving us and allow it to shape our lives into what He wants it to be as we look forward to His Kingdom that is coming.
Blessings and Shalom,