The food that man eats is the focus of the Bible from the first pages of Genesis to the final pages of Revelation. Man’s eating represents what he takes into his being. Manna, the heavenly bread given by the Lord for His people in Exodus is one of the Bible’s meaningful types of our Lord Jesus. A careful consideration of the details and characteristics of manna can open up a great insight and appreciation of Christ.
The last couple of days we’ve been looking at the characteristics or details that are given in Scripture related to manna. Yesterday in particularly we saw 3 items that first it came from heaven, second it came with the dew of the morning and third it came every morning.
Manna was the food that God gave to the children of Israel to eat during their 40 year journey in the wilderness. We know that it was small and white and round, but beyond that description we don’t know much else. In another word, it was mysterious. Though numerous words have been written about the Lord Jesus Christ, He also remained in may ways a mystery. It’s hard to say exactly what or who He is. Yet like the manna of old, He can surely feed and sustain His people.
We began this topic of manna a few days ago and Witness Lee put chapter 16 of Exodus on the same plain as chapter 14 and chapter 12 where the Passover feast and the crossing of the Red Sea are all depicted. It is quite remarkable that this chapter has the same kind of stature. Manna is mentioned in two places at least in Scripture in the Old Testament; this portion in Exodus 16 that we’ve been looking at and also comes up in Numbers chapter 11. more…
Listen to these brief words from Exodus chapter 16, “in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth. And 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, It is the bread which Jehovah has given you to eat.” It is easy to see why the people ask “what is it?” They needed what we need; vision and revelation as we touch the matter of manna, the unique food for God’s people. In this broadcast will be a tremendous help to us in our Christian journey to fulfill God’s eternal purpose.
Exodus presents a clear picture of God’s salvation, a picture that is not found in any other book of the Bible, including the great epistles of the New Testament. For the fulfillment of His purpose, God does not want His redeemed people to be anything or do anything. He wants to be everything to us and to do everything for us, which makes us nobodies. Are you willing to be a nobody in God’s purpose?
This book has been described as a picture book and it real is a picture book displaying graphically so many items in God’s economy to us even as New Testament believers. We have the children of Israel who had been brought out from their captivity and have seen so many miracles done. But now we are at a point in time when their diet is threatened. Here is how they responded in chapter 16:3 “And the children of Israel said to them, If only we had died by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole congregation with hunger.”…
Exodus (Program #33) – God’s Dealing with the Flesh of His People
Chapter 16 of Exodus is a chapter in one sense a miracle, two great miracles in fact; first the Lord sent thousands and thousands of quail in the wind to His people for a meal of flesh. The other miracle is that on the following day, they people awoke to find the ground covered with small round wafers called Manna, bread from heaven that would miraculous feed His people for 40 years. One way to study this passage is to examine the miracles that God wrought and marvel at His great power to do such miracles. Another way is to see the divine revelation of the Scriptures in the way of life.
For 400 years, God’s people lived in Egypt and understandably they really became Egyptians in their constitution and particularly in their diet. But once God brought them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, He was very definite they could not continue the Egyptian life. What was His wise way reconstituting them?
In Exodus the Lord performed miracle after miracle in rescuing His people Israel. Once through the Red Sea, He continue to bless them with rich experiences such as quenching their deepest thirst. Yet despise His merciful treatment, they murmur bitterly at the first sign of difficulty. How can we explain such pitiful behavior by the people of God? Well, the same way we can explain much of our own shameful behavior before the Lord. Stay with us as we get another view of our savior God on today’s life study of the Bible.
We see something very remarkable in this journey with the children of Israel in the wilderness. They had a remarkable series of experiences with the Lord; His miraculous deliverance of them through the Passover and going through the Red Sea, and this marvelous experience of the bitter water at Marah and finally the flowing stream and the growing palm at Elim. Yet after all of these, there is a very ugly, an ugly display of their dissatisfaction toward the Lord. more…
Romans (Program #70) – Being in the Spirit to Experience the Work of the Spirit
We may have the assurance that we are children of God by the witnessing of the Spirit with our spirit. This is not a method, this is an action of the Spirit.
Today brings us to our 70th and final life study of the book of Romans. It has been quite an examination of one of the classic books of the Christian faith.
What has been the central message of this life study of Romans? One way to summarize it is with five words: sinners, sons, members, Body and churches. The central thought or message of Romans is that God is making sinners into sons to be the members of the Body of Christ expressed in local churches…
Exodus (Program #31) – Israel’s Experience at Elim
When God led the children of Israel out of Egypt in the book of Exodus, their destination was ultimately northward to Canaan, the good land and the place of fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose. But He took them first far to the south, to the shores of the Red Sea, then after crossing the Red Sea, He led them south again to a place call Marah and then to Elim. Surely this did not match their expectations. God’s ways are not our ways. Is He leading you south when you thought that you should be headed north?
The background of this message today is one that most of us can relate to, at least to some extend. The children of Israel had just come through the miraculous events related to their exit out of Egypt; the Red Sea, the Passover, all the miracles in God’s dealing with Pharaoh. By now they must have been expecting a swift and direct journey to the promised land, the Good Land. more…
Romans (Program #69) – God Condemning Sin in the Flesh That We May be in the Spirit
We have a very helpful program today dealing with a topic that’s often debated among believers.
Today we have one of the great goals that we as Christians set for ourselves and that is the matter of walking according to spirit. Is this a proper goal for us as Christ to set for ourselves? It seems like in one sense like one of those nebulous and kind of spiritual items that may be somewhat difficult to get a handle on in our experience.
Of course It is very critical that we Christians walk according to the spirit. In Epistles, Paul even commands us to do this. more…
Exodus (Program #30) – Israel’s Experience at Marah
Exodus is surely a book of great stories. How many Sunday school lessons have come from these wonderful stories? We do love these stories. But a deeper and far richer appreciation awaits the ones willing to go beyond the surface and into these pictures for what they really are; dynamic, vivid portraits of the deep and indescribably rich experience of the living and ever present Christ in resurrection. Please set the next 30 minutes aside for your own spiritual journey with Christ, as we see Him leading us as He led the children of Israel in the book of Exodus.
We’ve seen over and over in this book of Exodus that is just one striking picture after anther, depicting our real spiritual experience of all these rich aspects of Christ. Today this message will be very much in that same vein. There are a lot of commentaries on the book of Exodus and the library of Christian literature. In your years of studies, have you ever come across anything to help unveil these pictures that can remotely compare with this life study of Exodus that is being brought forth in this broadcast?