Scripture: Exodus 16:4 NASB “Daily Bread”
“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will 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 or not they will walk in My instruction.” Exodus 16:4
The bread the Israelites had brought from Egypt had run out. So the Lord let them starve. OK, no, He didn’t. But how often do we think like that?
Some have asked, if we are supposed to trust only Christ for salvation, what about the heathen that haven’t heard about Him? I usually answer, sometimes Bibles fall from Heaven for them. It’s a reference to missionaries who drop Bibles from airplanes. But in this case, the bread that fell out of the sky was called manna (lit. “what is it?”) and represents Christ coming down from Heaven for us (cf. John 6:31-33, 41, 50, 58).
Yahweh told them that they were supposed to pick it up everyday in the morning (v. 4, 21). So they didn’t have to work on the Sabbath, they could pick up enough for two days on Friday (vv. 22-26). If they picked up too much during the week, the manna would rot (v. 20) and, of course, some of them found that out the hard way.
Paul uses these verses as an example of how we should give to the Lord during the Church Age. He says that just as everyone had what they needed in the wilderness, so the church should look after the needs of her members. If people were blessed by the Lord abundantly, they should aid those in the congregation who didn’t have enough (cf. 2 Cor. 8: 1-15). You know, just like we do it today. Hey, wait . . .
And notice what the passage in 2 Corinthians says about tithing. Hey, wait . . . it doesn’t say anything about tithing.
1) We need to feed ourselves on Christ daily. There aren’t any leftovers. If we don’t feast on the Lord every day. We lose out. Just like a hotel that doesn’t sell out all its rooms on a given day can’t get that profit back.
2) We should look out for the needs of others and the Church as God has blessed us (cf. Gal. 6:10).
And if you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
A few years ago one of my daughter’s teachers brought us Christmas. He and his wife brought us gifts and cash. It was part of something he was doing at his church but he knew we didn’t have much since we were starting a small church. It blessed us enormously. This year a lady and her mom brought us Christmas. We would have worshipped over a few sprigs of holly.
Sometimes when you do something for others you have no idea what impact it has.
Do something for someone else today!
You’ll be blessed if you do!
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Pairs In Heaven?