Our True Daily Bread

<strong>Our True Daily Bread</strong>

Bread is a symbol of many things.  In the Old Testament, the Lord provided bread from heaven when His people were wandering in the wilderness after escaping from Egypt.  (Ex 16:4, 14, 31)  In this context, bread was a forceful symbol of God’s provision for His people. 

For decades in America, the husband in a family was referred to, in informal terms, as the breadwinner.  Even now, bread is a synonym for money.

Let’s read what God’s Word says about bread.

Give us today our daily bread.  (Mt 6:11 NIV)

Give us day by day our daily bread.  (Lk 11:3 ASV)

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say:  ‘No one can live only on food.  People need every word that God has spoken.’ ”  (Mt 4:4 CEV) 

In the above verse, Jesus reminds us that we need to know and love God’s Word as much as we do our daily food.

Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”  35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  (Joh 6:31-35 ESV)

In John, chapter 6, Jesus clearly declares Himself to be the true bread from heaven.  Through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we become partakers in eternal life.  It is vital to maintain an ongoing faith in Jesus and an ongoing relationship with Him because we need to depend upon Him continually for our every need. 

The Lord Jesus proved Himself to be forgiving, merciful and loving to those who followed Him.  He was a fount of wisdom and grace, and being in His presence provided a powerful blessing.  He was also the hand of God who healed the sick, maimed, deaf, blind, and hurting.  People received deliverance and miracles and wonders through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Heb 13:8)

 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.  (1 Cor 10:16-17 NIV)

When we partake of the Communion elements, we are remembering the sacrifice and obedience of Jesus. Through the ceremony of remembrance—which is the observance of Communion—we declare our unfailing gratitude to God for the precious gift of salvation that we have received.  Praise the Lord!

Fresh Manna

Fresh Manna

In Exodus 16, the story of manna (bread) from heaven is told. Exodus 16:15 recounts:

So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was, and Moses said to them, ‘This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.’  And the Lord told the people to gather the manna, every day, according to each one’s need. So they gathered fresh manna every morning.

The day before the Sabbath only, they were allowed to gather enough manna for two days, so that they could rest on the Sabbath.  On all of the other days, they were allowed to gather manna only for the day and in this fashion, God provided for His people.  They needed to rely upon Him daily—and that was what God wanted from His people.

According to John 6:32-35 (NKJV): Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father 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.’  Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, give us this bread always.’  And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’

Jesus is the true manna from heaven. When I seek Him every day, ACCORDING TO MY NEED, I never hunger or thirst–I’m never wanting or lacking anything. In light of this truth, I don’t have any troubles!

I know for sure that I need fresh manna every day. I need to spend time, daily, in God’s presence, glorifying and praising Him for salvation, grace, mercy, and provision. I also The greater my need, the more time I spend with my Lord, focusing on His beauty, meditating upon His attributes, and feeding on His faithfulness.

The soul and spirit of mankind cries for input from the Word of God every day, as well.  The Bible teaches us about the personality and the character of our God.  It shows us the way into His presence, and shares its mysteries with us.

This is the life that Jesus gives to the world. This is the manna that produces faith which moves mountains. Jesus is the Bread of Heaven, and every believer needs Him each and every day.