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In Exodus chapter 16 we read as the Lord speaks to Moses concerning the children of Israel. At this point the Lord is telling Moses that He has heard the grumblings of the people and He is going to answer them by feeding them quail in the evenings and bread in the mornings. He gave them strict instructions to only gather a specified amount for each person to last for each day and not to keep any extra for the next day. Those that disobeyed found that the bread (or “manna”) they had saved from the day before was full of maggots and smelled.

In Deuteronomy chapter 8 it says “ 2Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Notice that the scripture says that the LORD LED them into the wilderness and that He did this in order to humble them and to see what was in their hearts. He also CAUSED them to hunger to teach them that we should find our sustenance in the Bread that comes from Heaven. The very words that come from the mouth of our God are the only thing that will satisfy a hungry soul that was led into the wilderness.

The next time we see verse 3 quoted in scripture is in Matthew Chapter 4:  “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Note that Jesus was LED by the Spirit of God into the wilderness just as the children of Israel. He was also led there to be tempted just as they were.  (The Greek word used here can also be translated as tested). He could have grumbled against His Father at having led him to that place or because He was hungry. Just as the children of Israel were in the wilderness for 40 years Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights and he also was HUNGRY. His response to the devil was that he lives not by bread only but by every word that comes from the mouth of His Father.

In Matthew 6:11 Jesus is teaching us that we ought to pray this way: “Give us this day our DAILY BREAD”. It is no mistake that he is telling us to pray for fresh daily bread. I believe there is a principle being laid out for us in the scriptures to seek the Lord for daily bread from Heaven. We cannot live on the manna from yesterday. Not to say that what we received from the Lord the day before will be full of maggots but that the Lord intends to give us fresh manna DAILY. He has prepared fresh words for us to live by for TODAY. Our Heavenly Father knows what today will hold for us and He knows the exact words that we need to hear to be able to face THIS day. The words from yesterday may no longer be applicable for what we must face TODAY.

One last food for thought (pun intended J )…Read Psalms 104. He gives life to everything on earth and in verse 15 it says that he” gives wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.” I love the wording chosen by the psalmist of “Bread that sustains their hearts”. How I know that one fresh word from my Lord can sustain my heart. It can satisfy any hunger and put to rest any fears or doubts that may come as we are walking in our wilderness.

Christina

Posted February 8, 2014 by theprayeroffaithshall in Uncategorized

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