24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 6 – Bread From Heaven

Exodus 16:14-15

Manna From Heaven – Stained Glass – Priory Church, Great Malvern

And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. – Exodus 16:14-15

God has a sense of humor. The people in the wilderness were grumbling about not having any food to eat and he miraculously provided food that was like white round drops of dew on the grass and tasted like honey wafers. “Manna” sounds very spiritual but it actually means, “What is this stuff?” The people lived on “What is it” for 40 years until they entered the promised land.

In John chapter 6 we read the account of how the multitudes flocked to see Jesus after he fed the five thousand. Jesus had a prime opportunity to capitalize on his new rise in popularity; everybody was talking about it and coming to see the next miracle with the hopes of getting some free food!

However, the Son of Man does not take polls.

Jesus gave the following discourse as he rebuked the people for their spiritual blindness and offered them what would really satisfy: himself.

John 6:26-40

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The people who heard these words dreamed of seeing or tasting the “What is it”. I believe that God has a sense of humor because he miraculously provided this “stuff” that the people ate for 40 years knowing that like any of us they would grow tired of the daily routine and the lack of variety. It makes me think of Keith Green’s old song, “So You Want to Go Back to Egypt” where the people are complaining, “Manna again? Manna-burgers, Ba-Manna Bread, Manna-cotti?”

God provided for them and kept them alive but played a little joke on them by giving them stuff that would not completely satisfy. Isn’t that like everything that we try to fill ourselves with in this life that is not from the Source of Life? We have an opportunity to write the punchline to God’s joke: we can believe in Him whom he sent and laugh along or we can be miserable and eat our spoiling manna.

I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 NKJV

Hungry

This worship song by Kathryn Scott is not a Christmas song but it speaks of a hunger for Jesus and that He alone can satisfy.

Hungry, I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty but I know
Your love does not run dry

So I wait for You, So I wait for You

I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

Broken, I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know
Your love does not run dry

So I wait for You, So I wait for You

I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for

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Comments

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD9W61KZYxk
    Never heard this song until today, love it! May the Lord be my promised land and bread of life every day!
    Fried manna, manna bruschetta, manna bunches of oats…