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Bread of Life

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.”

Exodus 16:4 New International Version (NIV)

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 6:35 New International Version (NIV)

Have you ever heard the word "bread" used as slang to describe money? We don't usually associate this term as Biblical, but it can be since "bread" is used quite frequently in God's Word to express sustenance. In this Scripture relating to Moses, God sent manna from the sky as an ingredient to make bread to eat. When Jesus spoke of the bread that would forever satisfy our hunger and thirst, God had sent Him from above to offer us salvation through reconciliation with Him and eternal life in His Kingdom. Both verses describe the feeding of our daily bread by our Father in Heaven and neither speaks of cash.

When the Israelites wandering in the wilderness began to complain to Moses about having no food to eat, if God had started throwing dollar bills down from Heaven, I doubt their hunger would have subsided. The nearest grocery store selling packaged bread was still hundreds and hundreds of years away. However, they were given specific instructions of what to do with the manna coming down and they made bread with it. And it sustained them. Eventually, they started grumbling about not having meat, but that's another story (although He provided that too). It's also another story that most people today would prefer that money be showered down (with excuses like bread being fattening or not gluten free).

Jesus came from Heaven with a new message about bread. The Son of God came to declare that He is the Bread of Life and His desire is to feed us the truth. He came to die for our sin and rose to sustain us with everlasting life. He promises that as we come to Him, we will never again be hungry or thirsty. He offers us bread that all the money in the world cannot buy when we believe in Him. So let's not get it twisted. Even if cash starts falling from the sky, we won't be able to make it into bread to eat or receive salvation as we pick it up from the ground. Let's seek the Bread of Life so we won't ever be hungry again or worse, starve to death.

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