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August 2 – The True Bread From Heaven

“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.”‘  In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp.  And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people 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, ‘It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.'”  Exodus 16:11-15

Devotional Thought For The Day

“Give us this day our daily bread.” For forty years the children of Israel were provided with bread in the morning and quail meat in the evening. It did not keep overnight, so day by day they were taught to trust in the Word of God, His promise of “daily bread.” The purpose was that they might come to know the LORD, that He alone is God, and that He was for them – that He loved them, had delivered them from Egypt, was with them always, and that He would always provide for them. In summarizing their experience in the wilderness, Moses wrote: “And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” [Deut. 8:3]

Jesus teaches us the same faith and trust in God when He urges us to pray: “Give us this day our daily bread.” He warns against “storing up for yourselves treasures on earth,” instead urging us to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” [Matt. 6:19,20]  He encourages us to “take no thought for the things of the morrow, for the things of the morrow will take thought for themselves; sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” [Matt. 6:34] Jesus is the LORD, Who loves us and Who laid down His life for us on the cross to deliver us from sin, death, and hell.  He has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age. He has promised that as we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things will be added to you.” [Matt. 6:33] Perhaps our time in this world is parallel to the 40 years Israel spent in the desert – that He might test us and teach us “that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”

Such faith and trust in God begins with knowledge of and trust in His gracious mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus, by which we learn that “God is love.” Such knowledge of God and His love is not limited to some future blessedness, but is intended to permeate our life and being and consciousness – so that in every aspect of life, and every moment of our lives, we are aware of His love, His presence, and His blessing. He also wills for us to know that He is the LORD our God, and to put full faith and trust in Him!  Each day we confess our sins and rejoice in the “Bread of Life” which God has given us, the Lord Jesus Christ [Jn. 6:32ff]. Each day we pray God for our daily bread. In this way we learn each day that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”  This too is “the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.”

Scripture Cited

John 6:32-35 “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. For the bread of God is He Who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’  They said to Him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ 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.'”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, true bread from heaven, grant that in our sojourn through this world of trial and tribulation we learn to live by every word that proceeds from Your mouth. Grant us strength of faith that we take no thought for the morrow, but only how we may serve You and glorify You today. Thank You for all the bread which You have given us to eat so that we may live, and live abundantly and eternally.  Amen.