Intro: In our Study last week saw how the Lord Provided Manna from Heaven talked how the Manna was likened to the Word
A) Tonight we want to discuss how the manna Speaks of Living Word Jesus
B) In John 6: Feeding of the 5,000 afterwards that Jesus gives an important teaching He refers to this Story / the
1) The people ate & were full / They were satisfied But there were also skeptics in the Crowd - show us a SIGN !!!
C) He had just fed 5,000 asking for a sign!
1.) amazing what people will do when they REFUSE to believe
D)Show us a sign our Fathers ate bread He gave them bread
He = Moses gave them bread gift from Moses
1.) Jesus responds v.32-33
"Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
Jesus says It wasnt Moses who gave your fathers bread in those days it was God and He is giving bread to you right now!
Then He identified himself as the Bread of Life
B.) V.35 "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
1) Jesus turned to His Disciples are you going to leave Also ?
D) Where would we go for in you are the words of Eternal life !!!!
1) So RIGHT !!!!
But There in John Jesus was saying whole Exodus story was pointing to Me!!!!! I am the TRUE MANNA -
A) Looking at Jesus as the Manna teaches us several things about Who Jesus is/ How Jesus came/ What we must do with Jesus
1st - Who Jesus is: Humility
A.) v.14 small Jesus came as babe born stable common person
Small in the eyes of man
Phil. 2:7-8 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Isa. 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
B.) Only biographical statement about His Character Meek and lowly I am approachable come to me!!!!!
1) Devotions in a week He says come to me
Eternalness v.14 ROUND
A.) Rev: 1st and last/ Alpha & Omega The one "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
1.) knew claiming deity picked up rocks
B) The circle Also speaks of PERFECTION of symmetry and COMPLETION
1) Jesus had NO rough edges...... He was perfect in all His ways
Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well
C) In Jesus there is EVERYTHING that the heart of man needs
1) There is nothing that needs to be added to make us right with God or to bring us into fullness of life... It is NOT Jesus + something
Col. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
2Pet.1:3 His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him
Holiness v.31 White
A.) Nothing lacking pure! Purity !!!!!
B.) We look at us see flaws holes
Sweet v.31 Honey
A.) Isa. Taste and see Lord is good
B) People were Drawn to Christ Marveled at the Gracious words .
2nd How Jesus came:
A) From heaven John 6:33 "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
B) At night Jesus born at night - light of world
Matt.4: 16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."
C) On the dew v.13,14 Num 11: 9 And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.
D) The Dew would fall & Then manna would land on dew why? so not defiled by the earth
A.) Jesus our Lord came by the Spirit conceived by the Spirit why? Not defiled
B.) David in sin my mother conceived me
C) At the Moment of conception there is already corruption according to biblical theology the sin nature is passed on at the moment of conception
1) But Jesus was conceived not by man but my the work of H.S.
D) Gen 3:15 Seed of the woman doesnt have seed / Seed equivalent sperm born of virgin
A) Jesus came accessible Near how near? salvation is nigh unto you even in your mouths!
B) Rom 10 / Salvation so near believe in heart confess with the mouth you shall be saved
1) Simple: no climbing mts.
V.3 Manna came to sinners they were complaining! Doubting
B) They were not seeking God
#3 What we must do to partake of Christ the Manna
A) 1st feel our hunger Luke 15 ( Prodigal) I perish with hunger
B) see our sin I need him hole in my heart longing in my soul
2nd Stoop Humble ourselves ( God resist the Proud but gives grace to the Humble !!!!
A) Exalt your self & God will humble You / Humble Yourself & He will exalt you !!
3rd We must eat cant just talk about it
A) Have to partake eat of body flesh
B) We have to partake of the Lord - We do so At the table and in the Word
C) We feast on the Lord as we eat of His body- Communion
1) We feast with the Lord as we open the Word !!!!
A) Rehpidim rest stop! - But there was no water!
On a Trip Carls Jr. closed
B) Interesting that God led them to Rephidim but no water & so the People Began to complain again how would you like to pastor this group?
1) ( so glad I dont)
C) Well the Lord said to Moses take Rod & Strike the Rock in Horeb
1) Result : Water came out !!!
D)In 1 Cor. 10:4 ROCK WAS CHRIST - Jesus was Struck
1) Mixture of Blood & water
Here the thing: why would the Lord take them from this place satisfied with manna to this place where no water rest stop no water
A) Picture for us: See you might leave a study a retreat time great devotions feasting on the manna
B) But then you leave and you come to place where it is dry!
1) What is going on dont understand 2 days ago seemed like flood
gates journal 10 pages
C) Now this why? I dont understand / Is it Sin? Not necessarily
D) God led them to Rephidim to do something very important picture for us Manna represents the incarnation
1) Rephidim shows us first the crucifixion the rock smitten
E)But then after the water gushes out- God did this to make them aware of
the need of a fresh drenching of water
1) It speaks of our need to experience a fresh touch of the spirit
See The Lord brings us to Rephidim at times to make us aware of our thirst for more of him!
A) They just feasted on Him wonderful
B) But He takes them to Rephidim that they might have a craving for more of Him- Desire to be filled a fresh a desire to go deeper
C) Why? Well the rest of the chapter goes on to say that there at Rephidim
something else was about to happen
1) Amalek shows up!
D) Amalek speaks of war we have with our flesh
A) And if you try to defeat Amalik in power of your flesh you are going
to get beat up
B) Not by might nor by power but by Spirit says the Lord that is what the water speaks of Spirit
1) John 7: 37Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, Anyone thirsts torrents of living water
C) Rephidim speaks of our need for those fresh fillings of the Spirit that we in need of
D) So feasted with the Lord thru the Word feasted on the Lord - communion