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Revelation Hidden Manna
(Revelation 2.17)
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"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. Jesus told us that he would give us "hidden manna." This was the term used for this resource for our spiritual needs. Exodus 16.4-5 described the origins of "manna." "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." God provided "manna" which was a white bread-like substance from Heaven for the Israelite's physical needs as they traveled through the desert towards the Promised Land. The Hebrew word "manna" was sometimes spelt "mana." Jesus, as the "manna" or "bread of life," similarly provides the sustenance that satisfies our deepest spiritual hunger. "Hidden manna" describes the Christian's spiritual food known only to them and concealed from other people. Manna was given according to Revelation 2.17, "to the one who is victorious."

White Stone

Gathering MannaAs well as the "hidden manna," Revelation 2.17 spoke of the provision of a "white stone" inscribed with a new name. This small white stone sometimes described as a "tessera" was given to every Christian who overcame. 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. The plural of "tessera" or "tesserae" was the name given to little tablets made of stone, wood or metal 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 that 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"Tesserae" were also 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 especially where there were candles burning as the tiny pieces of colored glass kept their bright colors despite the soot which would soon darken and discolor paintings. They were also easy to clean.✞

"Revelation Hidden Manna"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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