Friday, 25 February 2011 01:10

The 'Hidden Manna'

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AfikomenIn our analysis of the 'Letter to the Church at Pergamum' that will be posted in a few more days, I mention the 'Middle Matzah' from the Passover Seder meal that Christ referred to as the "hidden manna" in that letter. But since that post was getting rather long, it seemed appropriate to shorten it by moving the analysis of the word 'Matzah' to the 'Hebrew Studies' section, where it really belongs anyway. So when you read that lesson in a few days, you can refer back to this one for context.

The 'hidden manna' that Christ mentions in that letter alludes to a Jewish tradition during the Passover meal that went something like this; during the meal, the Seder leader would take a linen bag with 3 Matzah wafers in it, remove the middle matzah, and break it in half. Then, they would place one half back in the linen bag, and wrap the other half in a linen napkin and hide it in the house while the children covered their eyes. Then, after the meal was over, the children would be turned loose to find the matzah, known as the 'Afikomen'. When it was found, the child who discovered it would receive a reward.

Hmm. Does this sound familiar somehow?


At this point, your Christian antennas should be in the fully upright position, because the symbolism here is taken directly from Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. And in a way, it amazes me that this tradition is still not associated with Jesus Christ within the Jewish community. It would seem to me that it could refer to nobody else, no matter how far we stretched the symbolism. Here are the associations;

1) Jesus is the 'Son of Man' that was the middle figure of the 'bread of life' Godhead (Father - Son - Spirit). He indeed was the middle matzah.

2) Jesus was broken for our transgressions, just as the middle matzah was broken.

3) Jesus was wrapped in linen after he was crucified, just as the middle matzah was wrapped in linen, becoming the 'Afikomen'.

4) Jesus was hidden away in a tomb, just as the Afikomen was hidden away.

5) The child that found the Afikomen would receive a reward, just as those with "faith like a child" find Jesus Christ and receive the reward of eternal life.

There is a bit more to this tradition that I'll probably explore in a separate lesson during Passover week this spring, but for now it sets the table for the following word study on the underlying meaning of 'matzah'. Given the above tradition, this meaning is REALLY interesting, which you'll see in a moment. Personally, this has ended up being my favorite Hebrew word study so far.


MatzahI accidentally stumbled across the Hebrew for 'matzah' tonight while preparing for another lesson, and the individual letters struck me as being quite significant, based on my current understanding of the tradition of the Afikomen.

In the adjacent Hebrew text, we see that this word 'matzah' begins with a 'Mem', followed by a 'Tsade', and ending with a 'Hey', reading from right to left. And in the original Hebrew pictographs that are the backbone of this study, these letters would be illustrated in the following way;

MemThe 'Mem' is a picture of water, or specifically, waves of water.  This letter carries with it the potential meanings of chaos or mighty or blood, or it can simply mean water or waves. In this instance, it appears to mean 'mighty', which will become apparent in a moment.

TsadeThe 'Tsade' is a picture of a man laying on his side, which seems rather strange at first. But the picture illustrates the potential meanings of wait, chase, snare or hunt, all of which can be related to a man resting in this position.  In this instance, we'll use the idea of hunting, or to 'seek'

HeyThe 'Hey' we've seen many times in these studies, and it's a man trying to get our attention. It has the potential meanings of look, reveal, or breathe, but can also mean behold. In this instance, we'll use the meaning of 'reveal'.


When we consider the context of the hidden manna, which is the middle matzah of the Seder dinner tradition, the implied meaning is clearly apparent, suggesting the following;

"The Mighty One you seek was revealed."Cross

Notice how the mnemonic meanings of the pictographs coincide perfectly to the tradition of hiding and then finding the 'matzah', known as the 'Afikomen'. The children would seek the matzah, which would be revealed ONLY to the seeker. If you did not seek, you did not find. Does that remind you of any particular scripture?  It should.

But you might wonder why I used the words "WAS revealed" in the meaning above, instead of "IS revealed", which would be another possibility. The answer is simple. You see, Afikomen is not even a Hebrew word, but rather a Greek word, and it's the only Greek word that has found it's way into the Seder tradition. This tradition began in the first century A.D. after Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, and while this word is generally associated with 'dessert', ironically enough, Afikomen simply means"I came."

In other words, the Lord announced to the Jewish community that while they still seek their Messiah even to this day, their Afikomen "WAS revealed" back in the first century. He has already come, and He died on a cross to save them, and the rest of us, from our sins.

One day soon when the 'sign of the Son of man' appears in the sky, the Jewish community will finally find their Afikomen, Jesus Christ, and on that day, they will receive their reward of eternal life.
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#7 Mike 2014-07-29 17:20
Hi Frank,

Yes, there is an interesting grouping of potential signs coming in the days ahead. What we are to make of them is another thing that many are debating, and will continue to debate.

My opinion is that I don't believe we'll see a rapture any time soon however. There are too many requirements that must take place before that can happen. From that statement, you might gather that I am in the pre-wrath camp, and I am. It appears to be the only position that (so far) harmonizes all rapture passages contained in the Bible.

So, while none of us knows when these things will take place, my reading of the Bible suggests we will have a 7-year tribulation period to endure, and I also believe we will know it once that period begins.

But that's just my opinion. I always reserve the right to be wrong.

#6 Frank 2014-07-29 14:36
This coincides with another situation. We have had the first of four Blood Moons, the most recent being Passover, this year.

We will have the second of the four on the Feast of Tabernacles, the third on passover, and the fourth on the Feast of Tabernacles, again.

They are signs of great events. We had one in 1948 and 1967, and other events through time.

The current one is most likely relating to the current Israel - hamas war.

Couple this with the facts that, in 2017 will be the 70th anniversary of the Dead Sea Scrolls -and- a Jubilee year for Jerusalem.

2018 will be the 70th year anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel -and- the 40th anniversary of the Israel-Egypt peace accord.

The inference, as Messiah revealed to me, is that the Messiah wasn't born in the Roman year 01, because it had to have occurred during a Roman Census, which occurred every 20 years, during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Many suggest it was three years before the Roman Calendar. However, the year 17 of the Roman Calendar would seem appropriate.

Messiah, therefore should return in 2017 or 2018, but the Feast Day we can not know.
#5 lk 2013-01-03 03:21
#4 Angeline 2012-08-04 13:35
I read every available work in the Hebrew Studies and am hungry for more. How can I access previous postings? Please help :(
#3 Mike 2012-07-13 11:49
Hi Laurence,

I didn't use that imagery because the 3 Matzahs signify the 'Bread of Life' in the form of Father-Son-Spir it. Together they are the three wafers, with Jesus the Son being the middle wafer, the one that is taken out and broken. The outside wafers, or the Father and the Spirit, were not broken, just as this tradition requires.

The reason the thieves on the other two crosses don't work with this imagery is that they are not only not symbolic of the Bread of Life, but they were both also broken. So including them would not fit this tradition or imagery.

However, there is another interesting application for the two thieves, and it concerns the Passover. The blood that was applied on three separate parts of the doorposts was probably symbolic of Jesus and the two thieves.


#2 Laurence Bosma 2012-07-13 04:35
I am surprised you didn't use Luke 23:33 KJV: there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Jesus was the middle malefactor, or 'matzah"
#1 Jody 2011-03-19 00:04
You're welcome for the idea Mike even thought all I could recall was the 'thingy in the middle of the passover thing' :) Good thing one of knows all right words for things!