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Good Morning.

This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: “Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent. (Exodus 16:16)

The intent of this instruction was to allow each family to have just what they needed for their daily bread. Those who followed instructions had sufficient sustenance for that day; no more and no less. The amount they collected for each person was called an omer — a measure which amounted to approximately just under two quarts. The root of this word means “to collect, gather, heap up.” (Interestingly, it is related to the word that was used to describe the waters of the Red Sea when they “piled up” in heaps). 

Even more interesting is the fact that omer is also related to the root word amar which means “to speak, to say.” Think of it this way; we “gather” our words in order to convey a message to others when we speak to them. Here is the point: while they journeyed in the wilderness, each person was given his daily bread — no more, no less. The manna, as we know, was given in part to teach the people about something much more important than bread, that is, every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD God. So then, we can concluded that the omer of manna that was gathered each day was to remind them and us that, every day, we need to receive what our Father has to say. 

When Messiah prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread” He prayed that the Father would supply our daily physical needs as well as the Word we need from Him on a daily basis. “Man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God” which means we are just as needful to fill our spirits with heavenly bread as we are to fill our bellies with physical bread. It is my prayer that these devotions help in that regard and that the Father will use these words to fill your spirit with His Word.

Blessings and Shalom,  

 

Bill  

 

 

 

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