Gather a Portion Every Day

In the Bible, the path of eating goes through Exodus 16 where manna is revealed. Verse 4 includes the instruction, “the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day.” How can we apply this to our daily Christian life?

All Scripture is god breathedIn Deuteronomy 8:3, Moses, while reviewing the heavenly supply of manna, said, “He humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you the manna…so that He might make you know that man lives not by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out from the mouth of Jehovah.”

In Matthew 4:4 the Lord Jesus quoted this, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.’ ”

We should “gather a day’s portion every day” of  “every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.” The Bible certainly has proceeded out of the mouth of God—“All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, one aspect of our gathering is that we come to the Bible each day to read.

However, “word” in Matthew 4:4 is rhema (ρημα) in Greek. This is not the printed word of the Bible but the living word which the Lord speaks to us as we read the Bible. Therefore, as we begin to read we can ask the Lord to speak to us through the passage that we will read. This speaking through the written word is the Spirit who gives life (John 6:63, 2 Corinthians 3:6).

Thank God that His word is living and operative (Hebrews 4:12). We can experience it daily now and surely we will experience this eternally to a much greater degree in New Jerusalem.

Please see Andrea’s post about “gathering every day”: The Habit of Daily Bible Reading;
also check her related posts at the end.

Other posts about rhema: Preparing the Bride by Washing (1) (2) (3) (4).

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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