Bread and Water to possess the Promise Land
Nehemiah 9: 15 -
You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to go in to possess the land Which You had sworn to give them.
We read in the book of John, Jesus spoke about the Israelites eating Manna given from Heaven. The Manna was bread that came from Heaven. Later Jesus adds He is the Bread that came from Heaven and anyone who eats this Bread will live forever and never die. We know this eternal life which Jesus spoke of isn't earthly but is life which we will have in Heaven. Thus eating of the Bread gives us the ability to enter Heaven which is our Promised Land.
Now we read Jesus also said the fathers ate Manna and died but eating the Living Bread (Jesus) one does not die. If Jesus is the Bread that came from Heaven and Manna is also bread from Heaven then how is it that they died?
Let me first confuse you and then clear your confusing.
Manna (A) is the Bread from Heaven (B)
Jesus (C) is the Bread from Heaven (B)
Entering Heaven by eating the Bread (D)
A=B and B = D (according to today's scripture)
C=B and C=D (according to Jesus' Word - John 6:48-51 )
Then logically if A=B then A should = D which did not happen for those who ate A died.
Here A which = C will not = D for the true C is not = A
Let me explain.
Jesus is the Living Bread and eating the Living Bread will get us to Heaven but eating Jesus the Manna will not. The word Manna means 'what is it'. What bread the Israelites ate, which was given to them from Heaven they never understood. So like the Israelites if we accept the Word of God (Jesus) without knowing Him then we will be like them who ate Manna and died for this will not get us to the Promised Land. But if we understand Who Jesus is then we will not be eating Manna but will be eating the Living Bread and it is only the Living Bread which will get us to Heaven.
Also the water that they drank was from the Rock but they did not know the Rock and Paul puts the Rock as Christ. When we say Christ it does not just refer to Jesus but also the Spirit of God the Holy Spirit which was on Jesus. There were two Rocks the first which the Lord allowed to bruise and the second which were not allowed to bruise and that Rock was the Holy Spirit.
We receive Living water from both Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Water symbolizes mercy. Jesus said anyone who drinks the water He gives will become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life (grace).
The first grace we receive is from Jesus and we were allowed to bruise Him. The second grace we receive is from the Holy Spirit and for this grace we need to just ask of Him.
The Lord is telling us in very simple words that it is only by our understanding of the Word and by the grace of Christ that we will be able to enter our Promised Land which is Heaven.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray that your people do not eat Manna but the Living Word that they do not be like the Israelite who did without understanding. Lord, we also pray that your Living Water fill us and we become wells of water spring, unto our entering our Promised Land. Let not our relationship be stiff neck but help us change according your leading...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
John 6:31 - Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the bread which cometh down out of heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is my flesh [symbolizes desire], for the life of the world.
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
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