And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. (Exodus 16:35)
For forty years, each and every day, the people, numbering into the millions, were given their daily bread. Likewise, all of us who are hungry for righteousness and everything that pertains to the Kingdom of God are given our daily bread. There is no limit to what God has for those who love Him. As it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
There is another interesting consideration to be made regarding the manna and its relationship with the Word of God — it lasted forty years. I say that because 40 is a value that, time and again in Scripture, speaks to the notion of “testing” or being “proven.” Where the Word of God is concerned consider that the Hebrew word for “truth” is emet — spelled with the Hebrew letters alef, mem, and tav.
That is interesting because the first and last letters of this word — alef and tav — are said to represent the Word of God because they are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet (equivalent to the Greek alpha and omega). In fact, it is very likely that Messiah would have introduced Himself to John in this way — as the Alef and Tav — rather than as the Alpha and Omega for the simple fact that He would have probably spoken Hebrew to John instead of Greek. The point is, together, the alef and tav represents the Word of God.
Sitting between these two letters is the letter called mem. The numerical equivalent of this letter is 40, meaning — in the context of what we are discussing — that Word of God (alef, tav) has been put to the test (mem) and is found to be truth (emet). As the Psalmist said, “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160). And we shall find that, at the end of our journey –whether it is forty or eighty years — God’s Word will always sustain and preserves us because it is the The Truth!
Blessings and Shalom,