Exodus (Program #41) – The Living Water Out of the Smitten Rock (2)
As Christians, from time to time we pass through stages of spiritual dryness. We just can’t seen to find the flowing and satisfying water that previously has wonderfully quench our inner thirst. Actually God will lead His people to such a dry place to test them. For when we are short of this living water our real inner condition is surely exposed. Such was the case with His people Israel as they journeyed in the wilderness following Jehovah God in Exodus 17.
Today we are going to join the children of Israel now some two months after their miraculous deliverance from Egypt. They experienced many miracles by this time and they are being led day by day by this pillar of cloud and at night a pillar of fire into and through the wilderness. They’ve come now to a place seemingly without any water to sustain them.
When you hear the word “saint”, what comes to mind? Well, most of us draw a pretty vivid mental portrait of the genuine saint of God. But you know in the Bible the word saint is used to describe every single member of the Lord’s Body, the church.
Yes, even the smallest most seemingly insignificant of the believers is a saint in the Father’s eyes. We find this in 1 Corinthians 1:2 “To the church of God which is in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, the called saints, with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours:”
Exodus (Program #40) – The Living Water Out of the Smitten Rock (1)
When the children of Israel were in bondage, they cried out and Jehovah God heard their cry and rescued them. When they were hungry, He heard their cry and sent them manna, bread from heaven. Exodus 17 shows us the story of God providing another necessity of life; water, to sustain and satisfy. Stay with us as we enjoy another marvelous view of our Savior God taking care of His people on today’s life study of the Bible.
We return to Moses and the children of Israel. This time murmuring to God and murmuring to Moses because of their thirst.
We come to the rock that was sovereignly waiting for the children of Israel. The Lord led them to this place to another great miracle that has very much to do with, as we are going to find out, our own experience. Let’s read this portion that we are going to be talking about for several programs that are coming up in the days immediately ahead. more…
Every detail of the Bible is under the sovereign arrangement of God. Not only the words themselves have God as their source even the arrangement of the Bible is significant.
Romans for example gives us a full and complete sketch of both the Christians life and the church life. Then immediately following Romans we 1 Corinthians. What we have is the illustration of the same church life in the Christians life. What Romans reveals 1 Corinthians illustrates.
As we begin the life study of 1 Corinthians, a book that on the surface seems to be mainly focus on the problems of this 1st century gentile church in the city of Corinth but actually we will come to appreciate there is a very positive message in this book that is critical in God’s economy.
When Moses was leading the children of Israel through the wilderness, what they have to eat became a major concern. To sustain and nourish them, God provided a mysterious food called manna. These small round wafers appear on the ground every morning and this was their sole diet for 40 years. 1600 years later, God brings manna back to His people in the book of Revelation. But this, rather than being out in the open as it was in Exodus, is hidden in a golden pot, within the Ark, in the Holy of Holies. What is this hidden manna?
We have seen a lot by now regarding eating Christ as our manna. We are talking today about manna in little different aspect. What is the hidden manna and where do we see it in Scripture?
After the exodus out of Egypt, God’s people needed food. In His sovereignty, He provided for them with manna, daily bread come down from heaven to be their supply. But after they begin eating this manna, He commanded that they take a small portion and place it in a pot to be kept perpetually in the Ark of the Tabernacle. This hidden manna shows up again in the New Testament book of Hebrews and Revelation. What is all this mean for us? There is a word for us in the living word of God on today’s life study of the Bible.
We are talking about manna today and the hidden manna and the new diet that God had in mind for His people. We have been looking at the characteristics of this manna that Jehovah had provided for His people as they were journeying through the wilderness. But today we come to the deeper aspect, the hidden manna.
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.”…