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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Exodus 15:19–17:7
Matthew 22:1-33
Psalm 27:1-6
Proverbs 6:20-26

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Exodus 16:4 (CSB) “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.'”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As I pointed out in Wednesday’s post, “Jesus, Our Passover Lamb,” the Son of God appears all throughout the pages of Scripture. We simply need to look for Him.

Today, as we read the first few verses of Exodus 16, we hear the people of Israel complaining that they didn’t have any food. So, God responded by giving them manna each morning, except for Saturday (the Sabbath).

Exodus 16:4 (CSB) “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.'”

It was in this way that God miraculously provided for the physical needs of the Israelites. Their bodies needed food so God provided bread for them. They would eat it for the entirety of their 40 year wandering in the Wilderness.

You may read Exodus 16 and then say: “I don’t see Jesus in this chapter. There is no man or angel of the Lord that claims deity. I guess Jesus isn’t in this story.”

That conclusion would be wrong. Jesus is very present in Exodus 16.

Let’s jump to the New Testament. Specifically, let’s land in John 6.

In this chapter, Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5,000 men (plus women and children) with just 5 loaves of bread and two fish. As evening came, Jesus sent his disciples across the Sea of Galilee. In the middle of the night, as they were still rowing, they saw Jesus walking on the sea.

Later that day, some of the crowd that Jesus had fed the previous day found Him in or near Capernaum. Jesus, as He so often did, saw this as a teaching moment.

Listen to part of their conversation as they asked Jesus for a sign – evidence that He was the Messiah.

John 6:30-31 (CSB) “‘What sign, then, are you going to do so we may see and believe you?’ they asked. ‘What are you going to perform? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

These people asked Jesus to perform a miracle. Since Jesus claimed relationship with God, they wanted Him to do something similar what God did in the Old Testament – provide bread (manna) from Heaven.

This particular Old Testament miracle may have readily come to their mind because they still remembered how Jesus had performed the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish the previous day. He had fed well over 5,000 people. Maybe they were getting hungry again.

Listen to Jesus’ response to their request…

John 6:32-33 “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.'”

Jesus noted that Moses didn’t provide the bread. The bread came from God and it came from Heaven.

But notice that Jesus switched the conversation a bit. Clearly, He began to refer to something else when He said: “but my Father gives you the true bread from Heaven.”

Jesus’ words make it clear that He was not talking about a past event but something in the present. He was saying that God is presently giving “the true bread of heaven.”

Then, Jesus further elaborated on what (or who) the bread is when He says: “For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Just as the Old Testament manna was eaten and gave life-sustaining energy to those wandering Israelites, so Jesus says that there is a present “bread from Heaven” that gives life to the world.

What or who is this bread from Heaven?

Better yet, let’s let the Jews ask their question so we can get to Jesus’ answer.

John 6:34 (CSB) “Then they said, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.'”

John 6:35-36 (CSB) “‘I am the bread of life,’ Jesus told them. ‘No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe.'”

Did you hear Jesus’ answer?!

Jesus said He was “the bread of life!” He said that He is the One who has come from the Father in Heaven! He is the One who will be the source of life to all who will place their trust in Him! Just as the Old Testament manna was consumed to give life-giving energy to the Old Testament Israelites, so Jesus is to be consumed (by believing in Him) so that He is the source of life to New Testament believers.

Jesus is the New Testament manna!

So, friend, when you are reading through Exodus 16 and reading about the Israelites going out to pick up manna off the desert floor and then eat it, you are looking at a shadow of Jesus. Exodus 16 provides an Old Testament picture of what Jesus would ultimately do!

I’m serious when I saw that Jesus is all over the pages of the Old and New Testament. The Bible is all about Him.

So, look for Him as you read. Get to know the Savior who loved you so much that He would rather leave Heaven and die on a cruel cross for you rather than spend eternity without you.

I hope that you are coming to see that He doesn’t just show up in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He’s everywhere in the Bible. So look for Him as you read. He’s there.