FOOD – JESUS SUPPLIES REGARDLESS

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In Part One, we saw how through the act of Adam, evil was introduced into the world; though not as punishment, but as a consequence of Adam declaring, through him eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that he wanted to know what evil was.

In Part Two, Jesus wants to show us that His supply is never-ending and always independent of our actions. And from there, let us discover how to receive from Him.

Even though Adam had fallen, and evil was now in the world, when Israel was in the desert, after they had left Egypt and they became hungry, God supplied them food.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you.” Exodus 16:4

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”” Exodus 16:11-12

Notice also that God’s supply was comprehensive. They had bread in the morning for energy, and meat in the evening to repair their bodies. And not only was it comprehensive, God’s supply is always in abundance for Israel was supplied till they were filled. And the Psalmist also says,

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5

In fact, the supply for Israel was in such abundance that God had to tell them to take only what was needed for the day.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Exodus 16:4-5

And if some took more, this was what happened,

“And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank.” Exodus 16:19-20

Now, critics take this event and argue that when God supplies, He is stingy. Well, two facts refute that. First,

“…he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” Exodus 16:18

Our Father never short changes us. He never puts us in lack. He always makes sure we are filled, regardless of how much we gather. Our Father is not stingy.

Secondly, food rots, and Israel was sojourning through the desert. They could ill afford to burden themselves with more than they were already carrying. So by telling Israel to take only what they needed, God was doing them a favor. He was saying, relax, I know you have a lot to carry, let me help you out.

Beloved, this same message is true for us today. Our Father wants to supply. And if you are honest enough with yourself, our Father is supplying daily, manna for you through your job, through favor at work, through favor in the store, in a myriad of ways, our Father is supplying. And His supply is comprehensive, it meets all our needs and it comes when we need it, and will come again when we next need it.

But beloved child of God, what is the most beautiful of all is that Jesus supplied the food which unlocks the endless eternal supply of Heaven for us. In fact, He describes the food which He supplies like this,

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

And this is because, just as He told the Samaritan woman at the well,

“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14

For us who believe, Jesus’ supply becomes a perpetual source, filling us and fulfilling us every time we need it.

And we qualify for this supply because Jesus first fed us at the last supper.

“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

With His body broken, the bread reminds us of the pain and scourging that Jesus bore for us, in our place, so that we can exchange our sinful lives for His perfect one. It reminds us of how much we should be punished but need not suffer anymore because Jesus has borne it all for us. And it is all encapsulated beautifully in the words of the prophet Isaiah.

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

With His blood shed, the wine reminds us of the blood of the sacrifices that were to be shed on the altar when Israel made burnt offerings to atone for their sins. It reminds us that our sins are now forgiven because they have been transferred to the lamb of sacrifice, Jesus.

“An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.” Exodus 20:24

“‘If his offering is of the flocks—of the sheep or of the goats—as a burnt sacrifice, he shall bring a male without blemish.” Leviticus 1:10

“Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.” Leviticus 1:4

“He shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the Lord; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar.” Leviticus 1:11

So beloved, because of all this, we can now say with confidence,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

For Jesus Himself said,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Jesus has reset the world for us who believe to the state it was before Adam decided to go his own way, and brought it right to the time when our Father told Adam,

““Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

To us who believe, has been restored the Kingdom of Heaven and its riches, and to us has been given the key to unlocking the treasures of Heaven through prayer.

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Beloved, our Father has promised,

“With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:16

There is nothing He will not do for you. He says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

He comes to bring you Food that is everlasting, that nourishes comprehensively, that forms in you a perpetual source of supply that will never run dry. He comes to give you the key to unlocking the Kingdom of Heaven for you today. Take Him up on His offer and open the door of your heart to Him.

And if you would like to do that now, say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so much that you would supply all my needs. Thank You for setting a table for me in front of my enemies and declaring to them that I am saved, I am favored, I am Your child and I am therefore now and evermore under your protection and provision. I receive this gift right now. I receive Jesus into my life as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus that by your body broken, I am now able to be free of all the physical punishment that is a consequence of my sin. Thank You Jesus that by your blood shed, I am now able to receive the full remission of sins. Thank You Jesus that because of all that, I am now right with God, and Your Father is now my Father. Thank You for loving me so much. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, come feast at His table and let the food which He supplies be our declaration that indeed He lives and loves us, protects us and provides for us all things.

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