二○一九年六月二十九日／六月三十日 Click here for English version
Rev Gordon Siu
Out in the wilderness, the Israelites could not find food. Then God rained down bread from heaven to meet their needs, the Book of Exodus says. The Israelites were to go out each day to gather enough for that day. No one was to keep any of it until the morning, otherwise what remained would melt away. On the sixth day, however, they were to bring in twice as much as they gathered on the other days. What remained on that day would not stink nor get maggots in it. The Israelites could then observe Sabbath on the seventh day.
The Heavenly Father is happy to provide us with a lot of things, but He all the more wants us to learn to follow His commands in everything that we do. The Lord has said, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." As such, the Israelites were to "go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions" (Exodus 16:4).
As far as earning a living is concerned, God has allowed some of us to earn a lot of money. Some others only earn enough for one month. The important thing therein is to understand that nobody earns anything other than what God would give. Some Israelites disobeyed God and gathered more than what was needed for one day. In the end, what was left was nothing other than maggots and food that began to smell. They also offended God. Some other Israelites, after getting an extra portion of manna on the sixth day, went out again on the seventh day. They could have taken a rest and got close to the Lord. But they wanted more manna, which was not there after all: "Some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none." God was unhappy, but He still exhorted the Israelites to comfortably rely on His daily provision. He bore with them for 40 years to let them learn how to obey Him every day.
Real bread is not the material manna. The Lord said, "I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die" (John 6:48-50). Thus, the Lord commanded us: "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life" (John 6:27). Dear brothers and sisters, let us make an effort to pursue God and obtain the "real bread" that gives life. Let us not be satisfied with earthly manna alone. What do we do? Study His Word! Meditate on and obey His Word! The Lord said: "The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life" (John 6:63).
The One with a sharp double-edged sword said: "Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna" (Revelations 2:17).
[The original article is taken from Rev. Gordon Siu's book 《在愛與接納中握手》, published by China Alliance Press]