I appreciate the common themes in the old testament and the new testament. specifically Water, Bread, Perfect Provisions, Testing, Listening, a Covenant Promise and a grumbling people – Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus and the need for Jesus.
Old Testament travails of the Israelites involved a lot of grumbling, yet the Lord provided in just the exact provisions. If they didn’t need it, they weren’t supposed to save it, and they weren’t supposed to go out for stuff they didn’t need. They were supposed to listen and obey. God supplied drinkable water, food, and a day of rest. God did test the people, often they failed, but God prevailed in keeping them safe to get them to the promised land. God physically provided and physically had them save a small portion of manna with the Ten Commandment tablets as a reminder of what He had provided. Do we likewise have a physical remnant of Jesus in us, with us? Yes we do. We are the carriers of His Spirit maintaining us and providing our needs. We must not let that rot. We must consume our daily bread and make use of it and know that tomorrow God will provide again. We are the carriers of His fulfilled promise and His sustenance is not too much or too little.
In the desert, grumbling and refusal to follow directions/rules continued and this frustrated Moses. Not only does this show that the people themselves could not fulfill the promises that God wanted them to hold onto, they tested God when God was testing them. Therefore a New Covenant, that of Jesus sealed the deal to make the redemption of all who would listen as something that could only come from heaven. The grumblings we have today continue, but so do our Perfect Provisions if we only realize. Jesus IS the Daily Bread, the Water of Life, the Perfect Provision. The Lord may seem like He is testing us, but that’s on us because He already provided the best and only answer we need, Jesus. Our need for listening more than grumbling continues these days – and so does our need to obey and believe in the Promise that God keeps. (And so does the rotting of the excesses that we don’t need. They had maggots, we have maggots. All earthly treasures turn back to dust.)
The stories of old are not just stories but written down to understand that the Lord’s Way provides. Jesus did say that it was impossible for a rich man to enter heaven because he did not give his possessions away and trust the Lord’s provision. We too. The Israelites wandered, we have wonder. We must TRUST that our best way is following HIS WAY.
He provided the out (exodus) and now provides the in (the entering INTO the Kingdom thru Jesus).
Bread Water and Perfect Provision
Thank You God!
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.
Exodus 16:4-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
14-34 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.
Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”
So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” So the people rested on the seventh day.
The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’”
So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.” As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.
Matthew 19:16- KJV
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.