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start the reader on the right path as he carries his investigation further
into the question, 'What is man?'
Manna. The naturalistic explanation of the manna that fell in the wilderness
refers it to an exudation from a tamarisk tree indigenous to Sinai. These
trees exude a peculiar resinous secretion which is about the same shape and
size as a coriander seed. Over against this 'explanation' of the miracle of
the manna recorded in Exodus 16, we give the comments of a learned and most
judicious Jewish interpreter, Abarbinel:
The natural manna was never found in the desert where this fell -
- where the common manna does fall, it is only in the spring time, in
March and April, whereas this fell throughout all the months of the
The ordinary manna does not melt in the sun, as this did.
It does not stink and breed worms, as this did, when kept till
It cannot be ground, or beaten in a mortar, so as to make cakes,
as this was.
The common manna is medicinal and purgative, and cannot be used
for food and nutriment, as this was.
This fell in double proportions on the sixth day, and not on the
sabbath, as it certainly would have done had it fallen naturally.
It followed them in all their journeys, wherever they pitched
And it ceased at the very time of the year when the other falls,
namely in March, when Israel were come to Gilgal.
Whatever this substance was, it does not appear to have been
common to the wilderness. From Deuteronomy 8:3,16, it is evident that
the Israelites never saw it before, and from a pot of it being
preserved, it is certain that nothing of the kind ever appeared again
(Treasury of Scripture knowledge, S. Bagster and Sons Ltd.).
THE ONE MEDIATOR
'There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus' (1 Tim. 2:5).
The unity of the Godhead is a fundamental doctrine of all Scripture,
and is in nowise disturbed or invalidated by the revelation that the selfsame
Scriptures teach that both the Father and the Son in their own right have
full title to the name 'God'. The doctrine 'there is one God' is never
discussed or enlarged upon in the New Testament. Where the theme is
introduced, it is brought to confirm some argument that is in process of
development, but the doctrine itself is never made a subject of revelation.
There are seven such passages in the epistles, two in the Gospel of Mark, and
one all covering reference in John. It will clear the way for fuller
understanding if these ten references are considered.