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“… Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…” 

 – Matthew 4:4

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By Pastor Vinod

NOT BY BREAD ALONE

Sounds Like An Oxymoron

“… Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…” 

(Deuteronomy 8:3)

God had a purpose behind allowing Israel to hunger; He planned to feed them with Manna – the bread from heaven. (Exodus 16:4). The primary purpose of feeding them with bread from heaven was to teach them that “man does not live by bread alone…” (Deut 8:3). But it sounds like an oxymoron, a riddle, isn’t it? You wonder why is it a oxymoron? Yes, it is! Because, how can a man eat bread and learn that he doesn’t live by bread? It’s interesting to learn that God allowed them to hunger, then fed them with bread – manna, wanting them to learn that man actually doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. What connection eating bread has with the word from God?

When we solve this riddle, then we get the answer to the “survival technique” which God was teaching Israel and this is the means of our survival today. We, like Israel, are in our journey to our heavenly promised land but until we get there, we must learn how to survive in the wilderness.

Many think manna was the word of God, but manna was not the word of God. Manna is a type of the word but not the word itself. Manna was the grain of heaven and was  angels food. (Psalm 78:24-25). It was the spiritual (angels) bread that turned into physical bread, for man to eat. But what caused the grain of heaven to fall upon the earth and what changed the heavenly grain into physical substance is the “word” of God. We read in scriptures…

“… He commanded (word proceeded out of the mouth of God) the skies above and opened the doors of heaven. and He rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of the angels. (Psalm 78: 23-25)

What brought everything into existence is the “word of God.” (Heb 11:3). God wanted Israel to eat manna and learn that man does not survive on manna alone but by the very “word” that provided them with manna – the bread of heaven. When God commanded the skies to open up and rain down heavenly bread, it was the power of God’s “word” that was in operation. 

When Israel left Egypt, it was only 30 days. (Exodus 16:1); they did not have  bible with them. Law was not given until chapter 20 of Exodus. Then how could they have learned to live by the “word”? The answer is: 

The Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” (Exodus 16:4-5).

God had given them the word for a miracle – the bread from heaven. God had given them detailed instruction – people were to collect everyday… how much they were to collect each day… they were not to keep for the next day… on the sixth day, they were to gather twice as much as the other day… they were not to gather on sabbath day, as there would be no manna… etc. God did on purpose, because God wanted to test them, whether Israel would live by His words. 

Dear, the seed of miracle is the word of God. The same word that created heavens and the earth and everything in it. The same word from God that caused the skies to open up and pour down manna is the secret of our survival. God has promised in His word that He will take care of our food, clothing and our daily needs. The God who takes care of the sparrow, ravens and the lilies of the field, promises us in the word that we should not worry. Worries takes away the object of our attention. It’s the gentiles who worry about all these matters. We must seek the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto us. These words are not merely spoken with no purpose, but it has been given to us that we learn to live and practice them in our lives. 

“God’s spoken word is the seed of every miracle, therefore, we must learn to live by the word of God daily to walk in the rythmn of miracles.”  

Prayer: Heavenly father, help us understand that all we need is in your word. Teach us to trust in you word and live by your word everyday, for your are true and your word is firm foundation forever. Amen