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Monday, January 26, 2015

Manna and the Bread of Life – John 6:30-40

They asked Him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you. What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert, as it was written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

The Jewish crowd wanted Jesus to give them a miraculous sign to prove His words are true, as God did for their forefathers by supplying manna in the wilderness. Jesus had just replicated the manna in the wilderness by multiplying the bread that fed 5,000 + who were also in the wilderness, but they wanted another sign. Throughout the Older Testament, God gave “signs” to His people, so it would not be surprising for Jews to ask for a sign. Jesus and His word must be received and believed through faith, not through signs. This crowd had come to Jesus out of curiosity after being fed the bread that He miraculously multiplied. Jesus is attempting to draw the curious to faith in Him. He will speak the Truth to them.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” v33 He tells this Jewish crowd that it wasn't Moses who gave them the heavenly bread but His Father in heaven. No man is to get the glory for what God has done. In the Older Testament, the God-provided manna fed and strengthened their physical bodies for an earthly journey. Jesus is telling them that this “manna from heaven” is now a Person -- Jesus the Living Word. The manna in the wilderness in the Older Testament was a foreshadowing and taste of the True Bread of heaven in Jesus Christ. As I have said many times in my teachings, God uses the physical to paint a picture of the spiritual.

The manna of the Older Testament fed their physical need, but the True Manna – Jesus – feeds our spiritual, eternal need. Because the “new food” – manna – was a mystery to the Israelites, they called it manna which means “What is it?” In the New Testament, Jesus says that He is the True Bread who came down from heaven and gives life to the world. In other words, “I am that Manna that is Living who will feed your spiritual hunger and thirst.” He is the Bread of life as the Word of God. The manna in the wilderness saved the Israelites from physical death by starvation. This manna was temporary and ceased once the Israelites entered the Promised Land of God. The manna in the wilderness was prepared and sent from God just as Jesus was prepared and sent from God. His manna will never cease because He is the Word of God and the Word is eternal. (Isaiah 40:8) The Bible says the Word of the Lord is forever! It is eternal IN CHRIST. This physical manna also corrupted but Jesus, the Bread of Life, is incorruptible. He is the incorruptible Word of God who saves us from eternal death through His salvation and His Bread of Life – His Word. (see John 6:50) This Jewish crowd was so focused on the physical that they missed the spiritual messages of Jesus. They were more concerned with their stomachs than their souls!

The following is a comparison of the manna in the Older Testament and the True Bread of Heaven – Jesus:

Manna is mysterious. Exodus 16:15
Jesus is the mystery of God hidden throughout the generations. Rom.16:25-26

Manna was food prepared by heaven that came down from heaven.
Jesus, the Word, is food prepared by God. He is the Bread of Life that came down from
        heaven. John 6:45

Manna was white (pure and holy).
Jesus is without sin (pure and holy).

Manna was round.
Jesus is the beginning and end – the full circle of the Word of God.

Manna was sparkling (glowing).
Jesus is full of the glory of the Father.

Manna was a gift from God that cost the Israelites nothing.
Jesus is the free gift of God that costs believers nothing. We can eat of His Word freely
        and abundantly without cost.

Manna was small (humble).
(Jesus) “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became
        obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:8

Manna was for all– rich or poor.
Jesus the Savior and Word is for all.

Manna had a sweet taste.
Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was a sweet savor to the Lord. The Word of God is sweet in
        our mouths and spirits, but bitter sometimes in its inner workings. Honey in
        scripture is symbolic of the incorruptible Word of God. Psalm 119:103: How sweet
        are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
Honey cannot
        be corrupted. If it crystalizes, putting it on the fire will make it useful again.

Manna fed and strengthened God’s people for their journey through the wilderness.
Jesus is the Word of God that feeds and strengthens His people through their journey
        on earth in route to the heavenly Promised Land.

Manna was given in abundance. All could eat and were filled. No one was left out.
Jesus gives His Word abundantly. All who hunger and thirst for it will be filled.

Manna came at the right time to save the Israelites from death by starvation.
Jesus came at God's appointed time to save all people from spiritual death through the
        starvation of the Word of God. God had not spoken in over 400 years.

Manna came with the dew of the morning.
Jesus came with the dew of the Holy Spirit. He is the Bright and Morning Star and
        the light of a new day.

Manna was corrupted if God's people did not follow God's instruction.
Jesus is the incorruptible Word of God. God's Word is Eternal in Christ.

Manna has to be eaten to be beneficial.
Jesus' Word must be eaten if we are to benefit from it. We are to also eat the body and
        blood (bread and wine) of Jesus in remembrance of what He did for us.

Manna was eventually loathed by God's people.
Jesus, the Bread of Life, was loathed by many Jews and Gentiles.

Those who ate the manna in the wilderness eventually died in the flesh.
Those who believe in Jesus, the True Manna from heaven will live eternally in their
        spiritual body.

The Israelites were to seek the manna in the morning for six days. On the sixth day,
        they were to gather enough for two days – a double portion – to carry them
        through the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.

Jesus is our double-portion. When we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we also
        receive His Holy Spirit. Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit will reveal Truth to us and
        empower us to walk according to His ways. Jesus is our Sabbath rest. We rest in His
        finished work on the cross and will rest eternally with Him in heaven. The
        Word/Jesus and the Holy Spirit will keep us holy.

It is my prayer that all who receive God's teachings through me will see that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not change, nor do their ways. The Older and New Testaments are embroidered together to reveal Jesus Christ -- the Living Word of God. Jesus Himself said of the scriptures, “They are they which testify of Me.” Jesus became in the flesh all that the Law, Prophets and Writings required and fulfilled them. Why am I so passionate about revealing this? First, God told me to, and secondly, to remove confusion. Jesus is the Word of God that created all things in the beginning. He is the Word of God in the Gospels, and He is the Word of God in Revelation. He is the same yesterday (Older Testament), today (New Testament) and forever (Revelation). The Word stands forever in Jesus Christ! It is to also stand forever in us! If you want to become intimately acquainted with Jesus, study the scriptures. Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:53, 63.

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