Our Soul’s Nourishment

“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.” Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV.by-bread-alone

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.

That 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 the believer.

This is not a matter of legal duty, determining one’s salvation, but a matter of personal responsibility, determining one’s obedience to the pathway of discipleship. However, let no one suppose spiritual survival is possible for long without nourishment from the Word of God.

1 Peter 2:2 declares that God’s Word is as essential to the believer as milk is to a newborn child. But as we come to terms with His Word as key to our survival, let us also see that God has given its pleasantness as a joyful source of sweetness for our living (Ps. 19:10).


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