“To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna.”
— Revelation 2:17
Whenever we read from the book of Revelation, it’s important to keep in mind that it is full of symbolism. It isn’t meant to be read literally, and if we try to read it that way, we will run into many difficulties.
In this passage, the apostle John is writing down a message from Jesus to a church that needs to hear encouragement as well as a warning. The bottom line is this: Stay true to God’s Word. Don’t get distracted by other slick ideas that might lead you in directions where you can get defeated and discouraged. Keep your eyes on Jesus! Whoever does this will be victorious, and whoever is victorious will be given “some of the hidden manna.”
“Hidden manna” is probably a reference to the manna that was placed in the ark of the covenant (Exodus 16:33-34; Hebrews 9:4); this reminded the people that God was present with them in every situation. This manna was some of the bread sent from heaven, a reminder of God’s abundant provision to his people in their need. It was a sign of God’s generous hospitality and God’s presence. It also pointed to Jesus’ coming to save us and give us new life.
Jesus’ offer of “hidden manna” reminds us that he is the bread of life (John 6:32-35). So let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and trust that he will help us stand firm in faith, no matter what challenges may come.
Lord Jesus, our eyes are fixed on you. We trust you to give us all we need in every situation, that we may remain true to your name. Amen.