My family and I have been reading through the Bible this year together. It’s been a pretty wonderful thing that we are all reading the same exact thing every day. Well, all except the youngest, who at 7 years old, has been given our blessing to just read the New Testament portion of the reading plan. Two to three chapters of the Old Testament is pretty daunting at that age:-)
So as of last night we’ve just finished with Leviticus and are 2 chapters into Mark.
Do you read the Word every day?
There have been many things that have struck me about my read through this time and I’ll probably talk about them all eventually. But on this first “Monday Manna” I want to talk about why I decided to call it “Monday Manna”
When the Israelites were wandering around in the wilderness, they grumbled and complained about not having enough to eat. God told Moses,
“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.” (Ex 16:4)
Basically, God wanted them to go and collect what they needed only for that day (except for the sixth day where they were supposed to gather twice as much so they wouldn’t have to gather on the sabbath.) Except for that one day, they were supposed to gather and consume all of the bread (manna) each day. But as what usually happens, “they did not listen to Moses”. Some of the Israelites kept the manna till the next day and it “bred worms and became foul”.
In Deuteronomy, Moses reminds them,
“And he humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3)
Later in the New Testament, Jesus tells us, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
The Word of God – it is our spiritual bread. When we don’t daily gather and consume what God would want to show us, then we are starving ourselves spiritually. And it must be every day. We can’t spend a few hours on Sunday and expect that bread to last us all week long. Nope – we need to feed our spirits each and every day with the Word of God.
So this week’s challenge – if you haven’t been reading every day – start today:-)