For 40 years, the people of Israel have been wandering in the wilderness eating nothing but manna and quail. I have a hard time eating leftovers from yesterday, let alone eating the same thing for several meals in a row (endless turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving). Eating the same thing every day for 40 years was exactly what one would expect it to be, boring and tedious, which is why the people kept complaining about having to eat it.
But here in Joshua chapter 5, we see a beautiful picture of God’s promise fulfilled:
While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 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.
(Joshua 5:10-12 ESV)
How sweet it must have been to break the monotony of identical daily meals with the first passover in the Promised Land. The promise of the passover meal was not only that the people of God would be saved from Egypt, but that they would be saved to the life which God has promised, and this is the day when that promise became a reality. I hope that as you read this account, you are reminded of the salvation that Jesus has brought us. We are saved out of our life of sin, but we are still waiting for the day when we will enter into eternal life. Our entrance into the eternal Promised Land begins with a feast as well, the marriage supper of the Lamb, when Christ and His Bride are finally brought together in perfect union for eternity in the age to come.
But for now we wait, knowing that we will not always eat manna, we will not wander forever, we will be caught up into heaven with Christ our Savior and live in eternal joy in the presence of our God and King.