Deuteronomy 8:3 - Two Kinds of Food - Are You Eating Both? part two
Deuteronomy 8:3 - Two Kinds of Food - Are You Eating Both? part
Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT) Yes, he humbled you by letting you go
hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to
you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more
than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word
of the LORD.
Remember the Lord Your God (8:1-20)
A Call to Remember and Obey
Matthew 4:4 (KJV) But he answered and said, It is written, Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out
of the mouth of God.
Luke 4:4 (KJV) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written,
That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
John 6:27 (KJV) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but
for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of
man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
John 6:51-53 (KJV) I am the living bread which came down from
heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the
bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of
the world. 52 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood,
ye have no life in you. 53 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Mat 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Psalm 37:3 (KJV) Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou
dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
God intends that to the earnest seeker the truths of His word
shall be ever unfolding. .
It is impossible for any human mind to exhaust even one truth or
promise of the Bible. . . .
As we contemplate the great things of God's word, we look into a
fountain that broadens and deepens beneath our gaze. Its breadth and
depth pass our knowledge. As we gaze, the vision widens; stretched out
before us we behold a boundless, shoreless sea.
Such study has vivifying power. The mind and heart acquire new
strength, new life.
This experience is the highest evidence of the divine authorship
of the Bible. We receive God's word as food for the soul, through
the same evidence by which we receive bread as food for the body.
Bread supplies the need of our nature; we know by experience that it
produces blood and bone and brain. Apply the same test to the Bible; when
its principles have actually become the elements of character, what
has been the result? what changes have been made in the life? "Old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2
Corinthians 5:17. In its power, men and women have broken the chains of
sinful habit. They have renounced selfishness. The profane have become
reverent, the drunken sober, the profligate pure. Souls that have borne
the likeness of Satan have been transformed into the image of God.
This change is itself the miracle of miracles. A change wrought by
the word, it is one of the deepest mysteries of the word. ED170-2
Many people think that life is based on satisfying their
appetites. If they can earn enough money to dress, eat, and play in high
style, they think they are living "the good life." But such things do
not satisfy our deepest longings. In the end they leave us empty and
dissatisfied. Real life comes from total commitment to God, the one who
created life itself. It requires discipline, sacrifice, and hard work,
and that's why most people never find it. [Life Application SB]
Leonard E. LeSourd has written about his late wife, Catherine
Marshall, the author of Christy: "Bibles were scattered throughout our
house...all editions, plus reference books and concordances. We often went
to bed, turned out the light, and listened to a chapter of
scripture on tape. If she could have found a way to spread Bible passages
on a slice of bread, Catherine would have devoured it
"When upset or under spiritual assault or in physical pain,
Catherine would go to her office, kneel by her chair, and open her
Bible.... She would read, then pray, then read, then pray some more. She
liked to pray with the Bible clutched in her hands.... She would rest
her case on its promises. Catherine didn't read the Bible for solace
or inspiration, but to have an encounter with the Lord.... I think
these were the most intense moments of her life.... Catherine's
passion for the Word permeated her whole life. It under-girded her
writing. It formed a base for us as a married team in the making of
family decisions. It provided substance to her counseling of people
through the mail. I'm convinced it was also the basis for her inner
vitality, her charisma, and the mantle of authority she wore with some
The Bible is a living, breathing book. Let God speak to you
through its pages. Let it transform your thinking and your way of life.
Like Catherine Marshall, don't just read your Bible, have an
encounter with the Living God. [God's Little Devotional Bible]
Are You Obsessed by Something?; The total being of our life
inside and out is to be absolutely obsessed by the presence of God. If
we are obsessed by God, nothing else can get into our lives-not
concerns, tribulation, nor worries. To be obsessed by God is to have an
effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy. [In His Time;
My Utmost For His Highest re Psa.25:12]
He who sets out to live by and for "bread" alone does not really
live at all, and at best is doomed to die, for "bread" without God
brings death and not life. [SDA Commentary]
Bread sustains but does not guarantee life, which is God's gift
to those who trust in and live by his word: [NIV SB]