Wednesday, February 25, 2009

daily manna

The Israelites were given fresh manna every morning, and a double portion to gather the morning prior to the Sabbath, for both days. Jesus tells them later that he is the true bread come down from heaven, which if a person eats will give them life forever.

I need to be in God's word daily, but of course that word comes to us in Jesus, who likewise is called the Word. In the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus told the devil that humans do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

In my experience I find that God has something fresh for me daily. But I have to get it; it normally doesn't just come to me. One has to do their part, taking what God has given and "eating" it. This involves a meditative pondering on God's word. And by faith drawing on the life I have in the Spirit through Jesus.

I am blessed to work daily among Christians who seek to live out the truth of God's word in Jesus. We fail along the way, but God's word is there for us in all things, for us in those times. I believe the connection between Spirit-Word and Community made by Amos Yong is a quite apt one. His writings are challenging, but I do get that much. We need God's Spirit to help us through God's Word- both Jesus, and Scripture- to live in Community, ultimately the Community of God found in the Trinity, and one in which we share together as God's people in Jesus and seek to live out together in and before this world.

What would you like to add to this?


preacherman said...

As King David mentions in the Psalms, "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" I have tasted the manna and I can't get enough. Thanks Ted for this great Post brother. I needed it!

Ted M. Gossard said...


Yes, reminds me of the introduction in Scot's great book entitled something like, "40 Days Living the Jesus Creed" which I just started yesterday, on Ash Wednesday.

He compared Christians to being those who want to eat a humongous meal once a week and survive on that, saying we should instead be more like the hummingbirds Kris and he saw come to their feeder(s) over and over and over, to get the nectar. How we need to be like that.

Day one reading in that book was a blessing to my soul!

Thanks brother, you're ever and always an encouragement. And amen, to what you say!

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Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks for your comment. Blessings on you.