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June 27, 2014 / Samuel

生命的粮 [Bread of Life]

书卷:申命记(旧约)
作者:摩西

申命记8章3节:“祂苦练你,任你饥饿,将你和你列祖所不认识的吗哪赐给你吃,使你知道人活着不是单靠食物,乃是靠耶和华口里所出的一切话。”

今日默想:吗哪是以色列人在旷野生活的主要食物,为上帝所赐。主耶稣在肉身极其饥饿的时候,曾引用这句话来抵挡试探。上帝有目的的苦炼以色列人。在让他们处于饥饿中之后,才按应许把吗哪赐给他们,好使他们知道人的生存,并不单靠食物,乃是靠耶和华口里所出的一切话。上帝的话就是生命的粮,是比以色列人的祖先在旷野所吃的吗哪更为重要。人活着不是单靠食物,但肉体仍然需要食物才能生存。人的灵性生命并不是靠食物,乃靠上帝的道。没有上帝的道(耶稣),人就只有属肉体的短暂生命,而没有那永生的生命。所以,上帝的话比食物更为重要。

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Book: Deuteronomy (Old Testament)
Author: Moses

Deuteronomy 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.”

Today’s Meditation: Manna was the main food given by God to Israelite when they were in the wilderness. Lord Jesus Christ defended Himself against temptations by quoting these words when He was hungry. The purpose of God to allow them in hunger is to let them know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. The words of God are the spiritual food and are more important than the manna in the wilderness. We do not live by food alone, but we still need food to survive. Our spiritual life does not rely on food, but by the way of God. Without the way of God (Jesus Christ), we will only have short temporary life instead of long eternal life. Thus, the words of God are more important than food.

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