Thursday, February 28, 2013

Are we Cannibals or Christians? (John 6:53)

As I have stated many times, we must read the Bible as a whole, and not just concentrate on either the Old or New Testament, ignoring one or the other. We must also see in the New Testament the spiritual reflection of the physical in the Old.

John in chapter 6, makes this abundantly clear when we find he recorded Jesus speaking of Himself (that is Jesus) in verse 48 as “the bread of life.”

In this chapter, we find Jesus speaking to the Jews, and referring back to the Old testament in the Gospel of John, as recorded in verse 49, and stating “Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead,” and in verse 50 “This,” (speaking of Himself,) “is the bread which cometh down from heaven that a man may eat thereof and not die.”  Here once again we find another parallel between Old and New.  In the Old Testament we find the physical, and in the New Testament the spiritual.  We should be constantly watching for these parallels for they greatly help our understanding of the New Testament which reflects the spiritual reality of the physical in the Old.

The word manna is derived from the Hebrew words meaning, what is it?  

Just as we find the Israelites confused in the Old Testament times by the physical manna in the wilderness, so also we find the Jews confused by the spiritual manna in the New Testament times, where Jesus appeared as the bread of life.

Since the Israelites were confused when they first seen the manna on the ground, it was obviously not something which naturally occurred in the area.  It was truly something beyond the natural things of this world.  It was bread sent from Heaven, even as Jesus was also sent down so that we might not only be saved through His willingness to die for our sins, but continue to be fed from the bread of life.   

We read in Numbers 11:7-8 “And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.  And the people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil” and in Numbers 11:9 “When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it." 

During the first five work days of the week, the Bible makes it clear that the people were only to gather enough for that day, because it would spoil before long (Exodus 16:19-20). On the sixth day however, they were to gather enough for 2 days because no manna came down during the Sabbath, and the manna supplied on the sixth day did not spoil like it did on the other days (Exodus 16:23-26) In this we find confirmed that God provides sufficiently for our needs, and so we should not be greedy in disbelief, and try to gather more than we need, hoarding it against the coming days, for God provides for us daily that which will be required to sustain us through that day.

After beginning about one month after the exodus, the Israelites were to continue to eat the manna provided throughout the forty years of their journey in the wilderness see (Exodus 16:35).  This also would appear to be reflected in the New Testament, in that Jesus encourages us in our wanderings, to eat of the “Living bread” John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness therefore, so also do we wander through the desert as aliens in a strange land, and can only be sustained by the spiritual manna which God provides for us to eat daily. 

We like the Israelites of old, must indeed feed on God’s Word daily if we are to remain spiritually healthy and able to continue on our journey of faith! 

Isn’t it amazing, that even today as we wander as aliens in this land, we can still depend every morning when we awaken, on the love of God, and His provision of the bread of life on which we can feast?

May God bless you!

All Scriptures are taken from the KJV of the Bible
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