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“25 Men ate the very bread of powerful ones; Provisions he sent them to satisfaction.”

Manna is called “the grain of heaven” and “the very bread of angels” but neither expression means that manna was angels’ food. It was “the grain of heaven” in that its source was heavenly. (Psalm 105:40) Since angels, or “powerful ones,” dwell in heaven, the phrase “the very bread of angels” may simply mean that it was provided by God, who dwells in heaven. (Psalm 11:4) Jehovah may also have used angels to provide the manna for the Israelites.

“40 How often they would rebel against him in the wilderness,

They would make him feel hurt in the desert!

41 And again and again they would put God to the test,

And they pained even the Holy One of Israel.”

Some ancient philosophers held that nothing we do can affect God, and that therefore God does not have feelings.

But we can clearly see from this scripture that what the Israelites did hurt God, and the same is true with us.

If we value our friendship with God we should always consider how our actions will make God feel.

“57 They also kept turning back and acting treacherously like their forefathers; They turned around like a loose bow.”

If you’re shooting arrows and your bow is loose, it will be very hard to hit your target. Either your arrows will not have the force to cover the distance, or they will end up off-target. A loose bow was a Hebrew term to designate neglect, or to be slacking and Israel was like a loose bow in that they neglected Jehovah law and constantly missed their target.