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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW MANNA IN THE WILDERNESS -JOHN 6


Jesus is in the wilderness with a crowd of Jews who are going to celebrate the Feast of Passover in Jerusalem. He will use the manna in the wilderness supplied by God for the Israelites to speak of Himself. The manna sent by God in Exodus was a heaven-drawn picture of Jesus, as I illustrated last week. Jesus was with the Father as the Word when God sent the manna in the wilderness to the Israelites. Although the manna in the wilderness was supernaturally provided by God, it could not give the the Israelites eternal life. This was saved for the True Bread of heaven – Jesus.

Let’s take a look at God’s instructions to Moses in Exodus 16:18-36 regarding the manna sent from heaven.

  • Each person was to gather as much as he needs – an omer of the manna for each member of the household -- no more or no less. An omer is a measurement of grain in ancient times. It was a tenth of an ephah – about 4 quarts. Some gathered much, others gathered little. When they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, nor did the one who gathered little have too little. They had just what they needed. God's people must realize that their daily existence depended solely upon the Lord and His gift. They were to eat all of the manna they had gathered leaving nothing for the next day.
  • When the people disobeyed God by gathering more than they needed, the next day it was full of maggots and smelled. It was not edible.
  • The Lord said that the Israelites were to gather a double-portion on the 6th day and bake or boil the cakes (bread) because the next day was the Sabbath which was to be kept holy. No work was to be done. They were to gather two omers of the manna on the 6th day so they had enough for the 7th day. There would be no manna on the ground on the 7th day – the Sabbath day of rest. Some of the people went out anyway on the 7th day, but true to God's Word, they found no manna. God then rebuked Moses for the people's disobedience to His command.
  • God then told Moses to “take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the desert when I brought you out of Egypt.” Exodus 16:33 First deliverance from bondage; then God's supernatural food! God wanted them to remember who supernaturally fed them during their wilderness journey. God further instructed Moses to put the omer of manna in front of the “Testimony.” Testimony means Law and/or witness.
  • The Israelites ate the manna for forty years until they reached the border of the land of God's promise.
  • Moses died and Joshua (Yeshua) took God's people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Joshua is also a picture of Jesus. When Joshua and the Israelites reached the Promised Land of God, the manna ceased, and they ate the new food of the Land.
  • Later, God told Moses to “put in the ark of the covenant the Testimony (manna) which I will give you.” Exodus 25:16 When the tabernacle was made according to God's design and instruction, God told Moses to put the Golden Pot of Manna, the two tablets of Law and the High Priest Aaron's rod that budded into the Ark. These three things were hidden in the Ark of Covenant in the Most Holy Place under the mercy seat. No one could see them.
  • Fulfillment in Christ
  • Jesus is the True and Eternal Manna sent from heaven – the whole Word of God. He is the gift of God for the people of God.
  • Every believer in Christ can gather as much of the Word as they desire daily until they are filled. None of God's Word will be wasted nor will it corrupt like the manna in the wilderness, because Jesus is the Incorruptible Word of God. People can corrupt the Word by incorrectly understanding it or by disobeying it, but the Pure Truth will never be corrupted because it is Jesus who is, was and will ever be pure and holy. Only the pure Truth came from His lips. We are not only to read the Word, the Bread of heaven, we are to chew on it and eat it until it becomes alive in us through obedience. When the Israelites disobeyed God, the manna was corrupted and stunk! When they obeyed, they were blessed.
  • Jesus is the double-portion of the Word – both Testaments. Both testaments speak about Him. He is also our double-portion as the whole Truth and the giver of the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth and empower us for ministry. As the Golden pot of manna was put in front of the two tablets of Law (Testimony) in Exodus 16:34, Jesus is in front of the Law. As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna in front of the Testimony that it might be kept.  The Law and the Prophets  point to Jesus. The Law becomes alive and eternal in Him because of His fulfillment. Jesus said, “I did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it.” Once something is fulfilled, it is completed. The Law is complete in Christ, as believers are made complete in Jesus.
  • As the Israelites ate the manna in the wilderness for forty years until they crossed over into God's Promised Land, believers in Christ can eat the Word of God freely and without price as we journey through the wilderness of earth until we reach God's Heavenly Promised Land.
  • Moses died before reaching the Promised Land because he represented the Law that cannot bring us into God's Promised Land. Faith was to bring Abraham into the Promised Land and people. The Law was given long after Abraham had died. Joshua (Hebrew: Yeshua which means “God is salvation”) brought God's people to the earthly Promised Land, but Jesus (Yeshua) will bring us  into God's Eternal Promised Land. Moses and Joshua in the Older Testament are types and shadows of Jesus Christ. A shadow is a faint representation of a reality. Moses was the Servant-Ruler, lawgiver, mediator between God and His people, and intercessor for God's people. Joshua was the Servant-Leader, Mighty Warrior and Conqueror who will lead God's people into victory over the pagan inhabitants in the Land. In Moses and Joshua too were a heaven-drawn picture of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Moses wrote of Me.” “David called me Lord.” “Before Abraham was, I am.”
  • The Manna of Jesus will not cease on earth until all is fulfilled, and we are in the Heavenly Promised Land with the Eternal Word – Jesus. We are to eat the Word of God until we join Jesus for all eternity.
  • Like Moses, we must die to our fleshly ways and live for Christ in preparation for our eternal destination of the Heavenly (spiritual) Promised Land. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc. could not ascend to the Father in the Heavenly Promised Land until Jesus died on the cross, was resurrected and ascended to the Father. They had to follow after Christ, just as we are to follow Christ and His ways until we ascend to our heavenly destination.
  • The Ark of the Covenant is also a heaven-drawn picture of Christ. He is the glory of God (shekinah glory) on earth and the mercy seat of God. He is also the three things that God told Moses to hide inside the Ark -- the golden pot of manna, the two tablets of Law and Aaron's rod that budded.  Jesus is the Golden Pot of Manna as the Divine Bread of Heaven sent by God. He is the two tablets of the Law as the Word of God (Divine Truth) from beginning to end. He is the Living Law because He fulfilled it once for all.  He lives on eternally and, therefore, the Law in Him lives on eternally.  Jesus bound it to Himself for us, and then established grace, so we are no longer bound to the Law.  The Law cannot bring us to the Heavenly Promised Land. God saved that task for Jesus. Jesus is Aaron the High Priest's rod that budded as the Resurrection and the Life. So, Jesus is the Ark of the Covenant and all hidden within.   
   True Bread from Heaven can only be found in Christ. When we eat and drink His Anointed Word, Jesus lives and abides in us. Christ's earthly life was bound up in His Heavenly Father, as we are to be bound to Jesus in the same way. Jesus had no life apart from His Heavenly Father. We too have no life apart from the Son. Those who receive the Son will have the life that comes only from Christ. When we eat the spiritual bread and the drink the water of the Anointed Word, it becomes a part of us.



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