Deuteronomy 8-14- Hungry for some manna?

When one reads the Old Testament through the lens of the coming Christ, it's kind'a easy to see the things that point to Jesus.  Did you see anything this week that pointed to Jesus?

I noticed chapter 8 had some big-time arrow pointing!! → = Jesus!
Moses was reminding the Israelites about the manna they had in the desert.  "He (God) humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone by on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." (8:3)
Did that sound familiar to you? It should!  Jesus, himself, quoted that verse to the "tempter" in Matthew 4:4.

I also can't help think of the scene when, once again, God was providing a miraculous amount of food for the people that gathered around Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus even reminds the people the same thing Moses was reminding the Israelites about,  "Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died." (John 6:50)
Yet, we get more of the meaning (or insight to the Old Testament foreshadowing) when Jesus continues with,  "I am the bread of is the bread that comes down from heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will live forever.  This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6: 48-51)
I think it's so cool how God, in his masterful storytelling, gave foreshadowing to the Israelites 1250 years prior to the actual main event~ Jesus!!  Don't you think that's cool?!!

Eating the bread that comes from heaven (accepting Jesus as our bread of life) will allow us to live forever with him. Some may think that our salvation is a one time "eating event", but there is more to learn from manna. Manna was given to the people every morning.  It was God's tool to teach the people that they needed to rely on Him and his word every day!!  This is still the lesson that can be learned from reading Deuteronomy.  We need Jesus every day! Relying on God and his word, daily, is critical for our spiritual health. Like Matthew 5:6 says, when we hunger and thirst for righteousness that comes from Jesus, we are satisfied!

So let's keep reading; feasting on God's word!!

There are so many other things that I would love to talk about regarding chapters 9-14, but I can't go on forever! How about you?  What stood out to you in the reading this week?


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