In this day, we have the ability to ask and receive. We have freedom of speech and the ability to learn at will. Google is anxiously awaiting our next question. Many resources and oodles of information are now available at our fingertips — All we have to do is ask.
But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”Daniel 12:4
The Jewish tradition is to hide a piece of manna at Passover. This tradition intrigues me as I am starting to understand what it signifies:
The afikoman [hidden manna meaning ‘that which comes after’] represents our liberation from Egyptian exile. That redemption, however, was not a complete one, as we are still awaiting the final redemption with the coming of Moshiach [Messiah]. Setting aside or hiding the larger half of the matzah [manna] reminds us that the best, the real redemption, is yet to come, still hidden in the future.”Why Do We Hide the Afikoman? — Chabad.org
— No longer is it just about the priests who can enter the Holy of Holies, which is the inner sanctuary of the tabernacle where God would appear ONLY to the priest. A veil separated the Holy of Holies from the tabernacle, but what we can now understand is that what is behind or comes after the veil separating us from this most Holy place is that hidden piece of manna that we need to find.
We love God; therefore we love to do His commandments. Our journey with God is not about works because now we understand that the law of God is what keeps us safe since it protects us and nurtures us to be the people that God wants us to be. We are not robotic and God does not want us to be robotic by simply complying to a set rules, but not understanding why we have rules and hating to do them because we don’t believe that they are the right thing to do. God wants us to understand that His way is the better way and to trust Him that our own way will lead us on a path of destruction.
When we understand that loving God is loving His commandments because we know that the commandments are from our Father who is taking care of us then we have come to know that God is love and we understand what love is. Love is defined by understanding our commitment to God, a relationship, and it is balanced by respecting that there are boundaries to maintain to keep that relationship.
The Hidden Manna
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”Revelation 2:17
As we mature, God wants to reveal more of Himself to us, and that unknown is the hidden manna that we need to find. As we seek to learn more of who God is and commit more of our self to God by denying our own egos, more of God will be revealed to us. We then find ourselves standing with God we are in that perfect place and are perfect in His eyes, pure and clean (the white stone) as we are representing who He is through ourselves.
A person cannot survive on bread alone since a person can eat and be full, but their bodies will eventually die. The bread of God is understanding how to live and why we live and this is how we discover the path to everlasting life (the Promised Land).
Having faith is believing in God, the more we believe the more we will discover pieces of the infinite, rich understanding He wishes to reveal to us.
God will use everything we know and learn throughout our journeys to reveal to us the hidden manna from heaven — It is there, we just need to seek and find it.
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