Joshua 5:12 – And the manna ceased on the next day after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
Manna was food for the wilderness. It was only provided till the Israelites were in the wilderness. It represented Christ come down from heaven to sustain the souls of His people as they pass through this desolated wilderness.
Exodus 16:35 – And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.
This speaks of the different processes that God takes us through. He provides for us daily nourishment in the wilderness because we are unable to provide for ourselves. He proves He is the ultimate and only source. He took the lowly place with them and as they feed on Him, they are strengthened to make progress on the pilgrim road. The Pilgrim’s progress to maturity is a process initiated by our Father Himself to bring us into His likeness and conform us to the image of His SON.
The ceasing of the manna meant their wanderings were over and they would now be able to eat the good of the Promised Land. The last time the manna was eaten was on the Day of Passover which they celebrated at Gilgal and the very next day after the Passover, they ate of the old corn of the land.
OLD CORN – RISEN CHRIST
Joshua 5:10-11 – And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the next day after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the very same day.
The old corn of the land speaks of the risen Christ. The grain fell into the ground in death. This represents the death and burial of Christ. In resurrection, He becomes the food of His people as they enter by faith into their heavenly inheritance and become His lot and portion.
He sits now exalted at the Father’s right hand as King, where faith looks upon Him as the almighty victor – the Alpha and Omega. Occupied with Him, His saints become like Him, and become strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
BREAD OF LIFE
We know Him as the “Manna” in the Old Testament; however in the new, we know Him as the “Bread” which came down from heaven. When you eat this Bread, you will live forever.