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!