Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Manna Points to the God Who Sends It

In Deuteronomy 8:3 Moses explained that God sent manna to the Israelites in the desert so that they would know that man doesn't live by bread alone. But, shouldn't the lesson that man doesn't live by bread alone be accompanied by hunger, not relief of hunger?

After all, didn't Jesus experience hunger in his desert fasting, to which he responded to Satan's temptation by quoting Moses? If Moses were right, then God would have provided Jesus with manna, right?

John Piper addresses this, too. "How does the giving of miraculous manna teach that? Because manna is one of the incredible ways God can, with a mere word, meet your needs when all looks hopeless." (A Hunger for God, p59).

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