Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Sprit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.
I have no idea what this means. But I am asking. I am wrestling. I am researching. I am studying. I am praying.
How about joining me for a few moments as I externally process?!
Context-John is receiving a revelation. The first part of the revelation includes 7 letters to 7 churches. There are a couple commonalities found in these letters.
- There is a charge- of who has an ear, let him hear. LISTEN
- There is a call for response- overcome. DO
- There is a promise-RECEIVE
So to the church of Pergamum, there is praise and correction. There seems to be some inclusion of those who are following false teachings and thus have actions that are not acceptable, eating food sacrificed to idols and sexual immorality, both of which are in response to demands of the flesh-satisfy me!
And then the charge-LISTEN
And then the call for response-OVERCOME
And then the promise- I will give some of the hidden manna. (There’s more promise, but my heart is stuck here).
Hidden-not seen or known. Mystery, intrigue, and value. After all we only hide things of value, correct. Even when people hide bad things, it is to protect what is of value to all-reputation. So this manna has value and is reserved for those who listen and overcome.
Manna-Exodus 16:31 is the first mention of Manna. A food DAILY provided for the Israelites post exodus from Egypt. It was what physically sustained them, for 40 years! The manna that fell from the heavens was gathered in the morning for the day and the rest melted away. Any stored rotted, except on day 6. On that day the people were instructed to gather double the amount and save ½ for the next day, the Sabbath.
Manna-Deuteronomy 8:16 He gave you manna to eat in the dessert something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
Manna John 6:48, 49 I am the bread of Life. Your forefathers at the manna in the desert yet they died.
Manna Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Sprit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna.
Could it be that He is referring to abundance? I hide things of great value. I don’t hide my daily necessities. I tuck away things that are hard to replace, heirlooms, expensive items. Things I do not want to land in the hands of one who comes to steal, destroy.
What is this hidden manna? I am stuck on this. And while I know this is part of the revelation to John concerning the end of time, I am certain that there is something for me today in this word! So I continue to press on and press in to understand.
Care to join me?
Read all of Revelation 2 (several times)
What kinds of things do you hide? What do you see daily provided for you (Daily Manna)
What needs in your world do you need to surrender and allow daily dependence to be the provider? (Daily Dependence).
Ask, seek, the hidden manna.