This post is from my notes taken during our Bible Study at Open Door Church.
Our teacher, Linda was ministering regarding the Tent Tabernacle and about Manna and its glory: Manna was the bread from heaven representing Jesus as the Living Bread from Heaven.
Inside the Ark of the Covenant was placed a pot of manna, along with the 10 commandments and Aaron’s rod that budded. The two cherubim were to protect the glory.
What was God saying to the Israelites that is relevant for us today?
Deuteronomy chapter 8 proclaims the story of the 10 commandments given, and the reminder to them selves and to their children, how God brought them into a land flowing with brooks, and of fountains and springs. A land of wheat, barley, vines, trees, with oil and honey.
They were to remember to bless and not to forget who fed them in the wilderness with heavenly manna. They were to remember the wicked nations which God destroyed before their faces, and a warning if they forgot, they too would perish.
Sometimes it is hard to be humble. We must be careful not to think, “I am better than you and you are less than me. God blesses me and not you.”
Be careful to see others how God sees them, and be careful not to judge.
Manna, day after day, got “Old.” Complaining was easy and murmur they did.
There is ramification of our decisions and consequences because of choices.
Difficulties come to all, physical, financial and spiritual. We find ourselves in a desert place of pain and suffering.
God wanted His people to rely on Him. He told them, it is not your righteousness, but His desire to bless a people who would worship him alone. There were times of remembrance with celebrations and festivals, along with written stories on the doors of their homes. God told the people to create rock pillars to remind them of God’s faithfulness.
We too have reminders; as church bells ring out - - it is time to worship. We do other things to remind us of Christ’s birth at Christmas and the Easter season, remembering his death and resurrection.
I Corinthians 10:3, 4 They all ate the same spiritual food, and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Take your ordinary life and focus on God.
Romans 12:14-21 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Our responsibility as the body of Christ:
Don’t compare yourself with others, be yourself. Keep your eyes open and don’t allow yourself to become irritated. Keep yourself pure and rejoice in Hope. Don’t insist on Pay back or to Get Even. Don’t take things personally and don’t be so sensitive with your feelings.
How are we to live today? Let God take care of it. God places a fence of protection around you. Focus on the Manna from Heaven; Jesus is our Bread of Life.