EXODUS 27, JOHN 6, PROVERBS 3, GALATIANS 2

John 6:35
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'"

Jesus is the source of life.  Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD (Deuteronomy 8:3).  In John 5:21, Jesus told the Jews that just as the Father has life in Himself, so does the Son.  In John 5:39 Jesus corrects the Jews understanding of the source of life.  They search the Scriptures thinking they have eternal life but Scripture points to Him. 

The feeding of the 5,000 men is the only miracle recorded in each of the four Gospels, so it must be significant.  John adds a depth of understanding to the meaning of the miracle the other Gospel's don't include.  While speaking to the crowd that followed him after being fed, Jesus confronts them for seeking only physical bread that does not last instead of spiritual bread that lasts forever.  They wanted to make Him king.  Who wouldn't want a king who feeds you especially since God said in Genesis 3:17-19 that to eat bread would require the sweat of their brow.  Why should they work for bread if Jesus could provide it for free?  Needless to say, they wanted to know what they must do to receive this bread that endures to eternal life.  

Jesus' simple answer is to believe in the One God sent.  Jesus describes Himself as the real bread from heaven that alone gives life to the world.  But, as in the past, the Jews grumbled about the Bread God provided.

Author of life, God raised You from the dead as proof that You alone are the living Bread from heaven.  May we be those whose response to You is, "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God". 

Proverbs 3:1-6
The Bible repeatedly deals with the subject of man's heart.  Genesis 6:5 contains the first use of the Hebrew word for the heart when the LORD declared that every intention and thought of man's heart was evil.  The Hebrew word for heart means the seat of life or the source of life.  The heart is the inner person; his mind, spirit, soul, thoughts, and will. 

Thus, this instruction to Solomon's son about his heart (his inner self) is appropriate.  He desires this training to affect his son for the rest of his life.  He wants his son's life to exhibit steadfast love and faithfulness.  Even though Solomon's stated purpose is for his son to have understanding and wisdom, in Proverbs 3:5, he tells him to not lean on his own knowledge.  In effect, Solomon is telling us not to put all our weight on our own wisdom and knowledge. Instead, we are to trust in the LORD with our whole heart.  Solomon wants his son to be wise, loving and faithful, but to realize God is the only One capable of supporting him.  His own ability will fail, but acknowledging God as the source and seat of life will result in real wisdom and understanding.

All Knowing God, You alone know man's every thought and intention.  My heart is the one You saw in Genesis 6:5 as continually evil, but I want to live a life of pure wisdom and not a life living out my own desires.  Thank You for my new heart; one which desires to trust You wholeheartedly.

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