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Exodus 16:4-7

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Hi everyone!
This Sunday for our corporate reading we will be reading together Exodus 16:4-7. 
"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.' So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, 'At evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against the LORD.'"  
The Israelites had been delivered out of slavery from Egypt; they had been set free from bondage, yet they still needed to survive.  They needed food to sustain them.  Thus, the LORD provides them with bread from heaven, which the people called "mana" (16:31).  Roughly 1,500 years later, God would once again provide bread from heaven for the life of the world.  In commenting on this event, Jesus will say, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (Jn. 6:48-51).  The event that took place in the wilderness in Exodus 16 was a picture (a type) of the true and living bread that God would someday send, and it was designed to point the Israelites toward their need for dependence on God and toward their need for a genuine savior, someone who could deliver us not only from physical death, but from spiritual and eternal death.  That savior is Jesus Christ, whom we must consume by faith and take into our lives, our hearts, our minds, and our souls.  To trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior is to be fully dependent on Christ to sustain us in this life and in the life to come.  It will not due to simply taste of the Bread of Life (Heb 6:4-6), we must wholly embrace all of Christ or be wholly rejected by Christ (Matt 7:21-23).  
Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!
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Exodus 14:21-25

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“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And in the morning watch the LORD in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down on the Egyptian forces and threw the Egyptian forces into a panic, clogging their chariot wheels so that they drove heavily. And the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from before Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians’” (Exodus 14:21-25).

 The Israelites found themselves in the dessert with their backs against the wall—the Red Sea, a body of water that is 220 miles across—and their enemy rapidly approaching with chariots and spears.  The prospects for survival seemed smaller and smaller with each passing moment.  But as the passage tells us, the LORD fought for them and provided the way of escape through a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.  But this event as it falls within the story of redemptive history is really the story of Jesus, and is a picture of what God would ultimately do for his people through the person and work of Christ.  As we stood there—spiritually speaking—caught between sin and the Law, with no hope of survival, God did for us what we could never do for ourselves “by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom 8:3-4). God, through Christ, provided a way for us to overcome death and sin and the law.  That way is by faith alone in Christ alone for our salvation.

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