An Omer is One-Tenth an Ephah

Yesterday I Tweeted this verse:

(An omer is one tenth of an ephah.) Exodus 16:36 NIV

I received some great replies, such as: “Thanks a lot!” and “That really helps!”

I was simply being silly, but truthfully, this has been one of my favorite verses over the years. I wrote a devotional about it at my Mustard Seed site in 1998!

Here is that devotional to explain:

Have you ever read a word or phrase in the Bible and it kind of caused you to ask….”Say what?” Well, that’s what the word “omer” did for me the first time I read it.

I had been eagerly reading the account of Moses and the Israelites on their journey to the promised land. God had provided for them each step of the way. Each morning they had their manna (bread), and in the evening they were provided quail. Now, I know that manna is a crisp and sweet tasting flaky bread type food, because the Bible tells me so.

But, what is an omer? What type of measurement is that? Moses, the writer of Exodus, tells us that each day the people were given an “omer” of manna. Okay, now just how much is that?

So, at the end of the 16th chapter, after continuing in my confusion, I read an answer: An omer is one tenth of an ephah! Well, of course it is…thank you very much! Problem solved.

Which begs another question………WHAT’S AN EPHAH?

But, you know, the answer I think lies more in what I don’t know than it does in what I do. You see, it doesn’t really matter! What matters is that the omer was just enough! It was all they needed for the day. No more…and no less!

And, you know what the best news of the day is? God’s word promises to His children today is that He will still provide for us our “omer”!

Now, I really don’t know how much that will be for you today….or for me…but I know this……..it will be just enough!

Oh Lord, give us this day our daily bread…our omer!

Thank God for your omer today!

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10 thoughts on “An Omer is One-Tenth an Ephah

  1. I loved your devotional, explaining what an “omer” is. God has been so good in supplying my “omer” each day..wether it be my daily bread (food) or an “omer” of His grace! (& you were EXACTLY right in saying)..It’s just enough!! ( :

  2. I woke up and read my daily devotion on God Tube. The reading was about the prophet Gideon. ( Judges 6 chapter) Which encourages to have faith in what Gods ask us to do even if we don't understand, as well as not
    sure how we will accomplish the task. As I was reading I came across that word phrase again in verse 17, (an e'-phah of flour) I wonted to know what that word meant. I Google the word and that's when I came across your Blog. I would like to thank you for explaining this to me. I finally got the understanding of it's meaning. In addition; I recently started thinking about the fact that when I eat something tasty even though I ( Sometimes) have plenty of it I always enjoy smaller ( a tenth) amounts. Thank you.

  3. I also like Deuteronomy 30:15-20 where God spoke about choosing life and blessings today. I think sometimes we make so much out of a once-and-for-all decision for Christ that we lose sight that it's not just about what happens after death, but also about what happens as we live. Perhaps if we concentrate on living in God's absolute love today, then everything else will work out.