Your Soul’s Nourishment and God’s Word.

 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your father’s know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:2, 3 NKJV.

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As I am fond of saying, “then as now,” God is still humbling His people and revealing what is in their hearts for the purpose of bringing healing and divine direction. Moses places emphasis on the faithfulness of God toward His people. The wilderness experience was divine discipline; so they would not forget what He taught them.

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Our Lord is deeply concerned about hearts, He always has been. Heart in our text refers to the basic attitudes of the people toward God and His commandments. It took testing to know such inner attitudes. Please remember the difference between temptation and testing. God never tempts, but tests us to teach us that we stink and need cleansing, and need His help always.

Jesus quoted this text in Matthew 4:4, when He faced Satan’s snares in the wilderness. The obvious message of the passage is that there is no survival of the soul without God’s Word –daily.

The parallel is used of Israel’s receiving the daily supply of manna makes clear that a regular, daily portion of God’s Word is to be sought and fed upon by us. This is not some call to determine if we are saved, but an matter of personal responsibility, determining one’s obedience to the almost non-existent pathway of discipleship.

Let’s not fool ourselves spiritual survival is not possible for long without the nourishment of God’s Word. 1 Peter 2:2, tells us that God’s Word is as essential as milk is to a new born child. So drink up daily.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 18:25:28

    Hi Manny.

    This is another fine post in an excellent series.

    “…we stink and need cleansing, and need His help always.”

    This section of a sentence that you have written is a true theological statement.

    “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all righteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10).

    Without the Word we are in danger.

    So, I choose to drink with you my friend….

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  2. kingintraining
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 10:00:58

    LOL! We stink indeed! Praise God for testing!

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  3. Delight in Truth
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 04:51:15

    “difference between temptation and testing.”

    Key concept Manny. My take home is that we should never allow testing (from God) to turn into temptation….

    Reply

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