In the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 8:3), God was literally showing His people that man couldn’t live by bread alone because life was more meaningful than feeding the body. In the previous verse (Deut. 8:2), God tested the Israelites to see if they would obey His commands. God wanted them to depend on Him and understand His will for their lives. 

In Romans 14:17 (New Living Translation), the Bible says, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” In the New Testament in John 6:22-40, the passage talks about how Jesus is the true bread from heaven. Moses didn’t give the Israelites the manna mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:3; God did. It is God who gives life to our flesh; not food. 

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“The heavenly origin of manna represents the heavenly origin of Jesus, the Word who in the beginning was with God and was God” (Gundry, 2012, p. 305). This passage is a message for me to keep God first. It’s a reminder for me to always recognize that everything that I have comes from the Lord. In Him alone, I move, breathe, and have my very existence! 

Reference

Gundry, R. H. (2012). A survey of the new testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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