<<a miraculous bread substitute>>
During the Israelites 40 years in the wilderness God graciously provided a “white grain” that appeared like dew on the ground, six mornings each week, which, when cooked, tasted like honey bread (Ex 16:13-36). On the sixth day, they were to gather enough for both that day and the Sabbath. This was referred to as ‘bread from heaven’ (Neh 9:15). The manna stopped when the Israelites entered the Promised Land and they began to eat its produce (Josh 5:12).
Jesus said, He was “the bread of life” meaning that partaking of the spiritual nourishment He provided would result in eternal life, as opposed to the physical sustenance of the wilderness manna (Deut 8:3; Jn 6:35,49,51).
See also: wilderness wanderings.