Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bread of Life


Jesus is the Bread of Life
 
As our Bible Study Teacher taught the class, I took notes and present an edited lesson here.

Exodus chapter 16 tells how God gave the Children of Israel bread from heaven each morning, with instructions.  They called it Manna.

They were told to gather enough Manna for 5 days.  On the 6th day they were to gather twice as much because on the 7th day, there would not be any.

Some were bad listeners and refused to follow the instructions.  Those who gathered too much and saved it for later, discovered it turned to worms.  Others failed to take double on day 6 and did without on day 7.

Let us not judge them too harshly, because at times we too are not so good at listening.

May we be quick to obey lest we also end up with spoiled bread; or none at all.

The people were rebellious and hard headed and hard hearted. The Lord said, “How long do you refuse to listen and keep my commandments?”

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply. You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness.  He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

God wanted them to remember all that He had done for them during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.  He did not want them to be boastful thinking they had completed all this by themselves failing to give God the praise He deserved.

They were a stiff necked people and easily forgot the goodness of God.  That is why God wanted them to have certain feasts to remember especially the pass over.

There are areas in our lives when God points out a need for change.  Have we realized God is at work protecting us, providing and caring for us and we fail to give Him praise and have a grateful heart.

Jesus said, “Some seek me not for the miracles, but because of the loaves and fishes that filled their stomach.

John 6:26  Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

Jesus said, Moses gave you not the bread from heaven, because I am the bread of Life that comes down from heaven.  Who ever believes on me shall have everlasting life.

John 6:52  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the life of the world, is My flesh."

Jesus was referring to communion, but many did not understand this saying and left.

Jesus asked his disciples, “will you go also?”  They answered, “To whom shall we go, for you have the words of life?”

Our teacher had prepared communion for us as a group with small cups of grape juice and large hunks of bread.

As we partook together, I remembered the words “Eat ye all of it.”  The chunk of bread seemed large to me, but I found it necessary to eat all of it.

Often as we remember the Lords broken body, and His shed blood by taking of the communion, we receive a washing away of sins and unhealthy attitudes, and a healing of body and soul.

 

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