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God provides manna from heaven

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ELISA NORMAN

The Living Word

God meets our basic needs. This is the first lesson God teaches the Israelites in the wilderness. In Exodus 16, the group encounters a need for food. God provides them with manna in a miraculous way. For 40 years, God continues to sustain them as they travel through the rugged desert.

In Isaiah 36, the commander of the Assyrian army asks the Judeans to surrender to him. In exchange for their peaceful surrender, he promises to take them to a land similar to their own with fields of grain (Is 36:16-17).

However, he warns that "they will have to eat their own filth and drink their own urine" if they do not submit to Assyria (Is 36:12). He hopes to incite the people against their leaders on the threat of starvation. He offers to be their provider in exchange for their allegiance, but God is the Provider, not Assyria.

In 2 Kings 7, as the people starve, Elisha delivers his prophecy that on the next day flour and barley will be readily available at a good price. An officer responds, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen (2 Kings 7:2)?"

Indeed it does. God causes the besieging Arameans to hear strange sounds. They panic and flee, leaving their camp unguarded for the inhabitants of the city to come and plunder.

It is not uncommon for God to meet basic needs through miraculous means. Equally impressive, God meets spiritual needs through miraculous means. In John 6, Yeshua turns five loaves into food for five thousand men, meeting a basic need.

He then teaches the spiritual principle behind the event: "The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the bread of life (John 6:33,35)." Just as the Israelites in the wilderness did not recognize the manna God sends to meet their physical need (Ex 16:15), so many people do not recognize Yeshua, the "manna" God sends to meet our spiritual need.

Seek first the spiritual food, and God will make provision for our physical food as well (Matt 6:25-34).


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