THE BREAD OF LIFE
Ex9:1 ‘…’Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me…’
The true unadulterated word of God is food for the soul. When you preach anything else apart from what thus says the Lord, you starve your hearers. They need bread! Listen to the words of Deut 8:3 ‘So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.’ As we already saw earlier, Jesus, in John 6:32-33 says that He is the manna from heaven. Now Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). Just as we need bread (food) for our natural nourishment and growth; we need the Word of God for our spiritual maturity. There is no other way around this. You don’t grow by attending many crusades and conferences; unless and until you are fed the Word of God in those conferences. Just because you attend all church fellowships it doesn’t mean you are a mature Christian. How much bread have you eaten? Or are you malnourished?
Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life’ (John 6:48). Then He said, ‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.’ (John 6:51) Now at the table of Showbread in the temple, the priests had to ensure that there is bread daily (Ex 25:30). We shall look at the table of showbread well later but I just want to pass this message here; Dear pastor, never replace Bread with singing. Some have come up with new patterns where they organize for concerts where there is singing and no Bread served. There shall be Bread always at the table of showbread. Dear praise and worship team chairman, I know you are good at training vocals. But I want to request you to feed your team of singers with bread first. This will change their singing from entertainment to worship. The list can keep going and going on every department in the body of Christ. There shall be Bread always at the table of showbread.
Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul in Eph 5:23-27 ‘For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Saviour of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.’ The church is the bride. Jesus is the groom. The wedding garden is around the tree of life in paradise (Rev 2:7). Earth is the bride’s dressing room. Unlike every other groom, Jesus is not waiting for the bride at the wedding garden. Other grooms would be waiting at the wedding garden for other women to finish preparing the bride so that they can present her to him. Not so with Jesus!
He has not allowed other women to prepare the bride for Him. Other women don’t know how He wants the bride to look like. He is in the bride’s dressing room preparing the bride Himself so that He can present that bride to Himself! Now, what is this that He wants the bride to look like when she finally appears before Him at the wedding ground? Men will be expecting certain gowns, lipsticks, hairstyles… etc. Jesus on the other hand is only looking for one thing – the bride has to be glorious. Not necessarily educated but glorious; not necessarily modern but glorious; not sophisticated but glorious; not intellectual but glorious. If any man, purporting to be a bride’s matron, robs the bride this one thing (glory) and tries to replace it with modernism, sophistication, intellectualism etc.; it will be better for him that a rope be tied on his neck and then on a big stone and the stone be cast into the sea (matt 18:6)
There is only one way through which the bride can become glorious – by the washing of water by the Word. The word of God is the only water that glorifies the bride. The more Word you have the more Christ is revealed to you. The problem we have today is that many have their eyes veiled by the enemy that they can’t behold the Glory of the Lord. Like in the days of Moses when he came back from the mountain with glory and they put a veil on his face that they may not behold the glory. Stephen was doing the opposite when he was being stoned to death. He saw the Glory and the Son of man standing at the right hand of the throne. He did not put a veil on his face. He rather focused more on the Glory until he was consumed in it. He was so much soaked in it that the stones thrown at him could not distract him. When he saw Jesus with the unveiled face, he saw the TRUTH. When he then opened his mouth to pray, he never said, ‘back to the sender’. He prayed God’s will, ‘Father do not count this sin against them’.
If Stephen could have prayed the ‘back to the sender’ prayer, Saul of Tarsus could have been killed that day by that prayer. It was Saul who had signed to approve Stephen’s murder. You all know what we could have missed if Saul of Tarsus died before meeting Jesus. How did Stephen do it? How could he repent on behalf of them that killed him while they were continuing to kill him? He beheld the Glory of God with an unveiled face and never put his eyes away to even look at his murderers. This Saul of Tarsus who later became Apostle Paul told the Corinthians in his second letter 3:15-18 ‘But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Moses knew something that the Israelites did not know. He knew the secret to the glory. The bible says in Ps 103:7 ‘He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.’ Whereas the Israelites thought that the source of their victory was the great acts of God like the ten plagues, the crossing of the red sea among others; Moses knew better. He knew that before these miracles happened there was a WORD from the Lord. His source of faith was not the acts of God but the ways of God. He did not depend on miracles but he depended on THUS SAYS THE LORD. We should not allow experiences and testimonies to be the foundation of our faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:17)This idea of ‘God did it for her so He should also do it for me’ should not arise. You are not her and your experience is not hers. Stick to Thus says the Lord!
So when the experiences of the Israelites stopped or delayed, their faith grew cold and they went back to the worship of idols. Moses never bowed to any idol because with him he knew the ways of Jehovah. Like Moses I am in search of the ways of God; not just His acts. The author of Hebrews had this to say about Moses ‘And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward’ (3:5) He was so faithful that he was invited to his death. He did not die of an accident or a disease. God called him to the mountain and took him home. Even at his death the devil was not allowed to come near his dead body (Jude 1:9). Don’t you remember when the King of Glory wanted to show three Galileans who He really was at the mount of transfiguration it was Moses and Elijah who appeared with Him in Glory? Think about this.
I hope you are learning as much as I am. Let’s keep walking together. Stay tuned for Let My People Go Part 6