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Revelation Hidden Manna (Revelation 2.17)

"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)✞

Christian's Spiritual Food

White Stone with a Name InscribedWe all need spiritual food in our lives. Here "hidden manna" is the term used for this resource for our spiritual as well as our physical needs. Exodus 16.4-5 tells us, "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days." It was given according to Revelation 2.17, "To the one who is victorious." God provided manna which was a white bread like substance from Heaven for the Israelites physical needs as they traveled through the wilderness towards the Promised Land. The Hebrew word "manna" is sometimes spelt "mana." Jesus, as the "manna" or "bread of life," similarly provides sustenance that satisfies our deepest hunger. "Hidden manna" is the Christian's spiritual food known only to them.✞

White Stone

Gathering MannaAs well as the "hidden manna" Revelation 2.17 speaks of the provision of a "white stone" sometimes called a "Tessera" inscribed with a new name. This small white stone, which was sometimes made of wood or metal is given to every Christian who overcomes. The white stone in Roman times was used for a number of purposes in the Roman Empire such as an identifying ticket to gain admission to a banquet. In the ancient world, this stone was often described as a "Tessera." The plural tesserae was the name given to little tablets made of wood or metal or stone used in wall and floor mosaics. The tiny round given stones of Revelation had writing on them and generally the possession of a Tessera conferred some kind of privilege upon a person, either entry into the theatre or as a pass to a feast for a privileged and honored person like a retired gladiator.

Floors and Walls

Tessera"Tessera" is the name given to the tiny piece of colored stone and glass used in mosaics for floors or wall pictures in Mediterranean houses and churches in the Roman period. Mosaics made of tesserae were used in place of paintings where there were candles burning as the tiny pieces of colored glass kept their bright colors despite the soot which would soon darken paintings.

"Revelation Hidden Manna"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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