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Joshua 5:12  And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

 

Manna is the food of wanderings – the food eaten by people who have not arrived and experienced the fulfilment of God’s promises. It is miraculous and wonderful but perhaps somewhat disappointing.

But to eat the fruit of the land !!!! …. well that is the food of people experiencing the fulfilment of God’s promises.

It may well have tasted better but the eating of it was a participation in God’s rest in the land. To taste that food meant one had not missed out as the wandering generation had.

This food is real food, real meat, real drink that signifies participation. To feast at this banquet is to feast at the kingdom of God!

In the book of Joshua you can hardly imagine the pleasure when manna is replaced with the fruit of the land! The wanderings are over, the promise fulfilled! God-given manna has been replaced with God-given fruits!

It is all good and He does all things well!

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