Bread from Heaven – Part 4
“The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.” (Exodus 16:31 NIV)
The Psalmist said to the Lord, “You prepare a table before me…” (Psalm 23:5) What good is a table if I don’t sit down and eat? So here’s what God said to the Israelites in the wilderness: “Every morning you have to go out and get the manna.” How much? However much you need. Do you need a lot? Then get a lot! Get as much as you need. The supply is there but you have to go out and get it every single day.
How terrible it would be for us to be there in the wilderness and witness that one of the Israelites had lost thirty pounds in forty-five days because he was just sitting in the tent, saying, “I don’t know why I’m starving to death!” We’d say, “Hey, get out of your tent and go out to where the manna is! Pick the thing up! God gave it to you, but if you stay in your tent complaining or analyzing it, it won’t help you. You have to go and get it and eat it!”
The Bible is full of truth, but if I don’t pick it up and read it, it has the same effect on me as if I were an atheist. It won’t help me. Don’t we all hear people saying, “Oh, how I love the Word of God,” or “I have seven different translations”? What good is it to say that we love the Word or that we have different translations of the Bible if we don’t read it… if we don’t have a meal every day?
Notice that in order to get the manna, the Israelites had to bend over and go down. That’s a good picture. God didn’t put the manna on the trees. No, he put it on the ground, so his people would have to bend down. Whoever humbles himself, the Lord will lift up. Today, why don’t we all pray, “Lord, there’s something I need from you. I humble myself, and I bend down to get it from your hand of mercy and grace.”
Jesus, the Bread of Life, will always provide bread from heaven for you and for me.
Read Exodus 16:27-36.