Exodus 27, John 6, Proverbs 3, Galatians 2

John 6:35

"I am the bread of life."  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.  In John 5, Jesus told the Jews that just as the Father has life in Himself, so does the Son.  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 had wanted to make Him king and who wouldn't want a king who feeds you?  This is especially true since God explained in Genesis 3:17-19 that to eat bread would require the sweat of their brow.  Needless to say, they wanted to know what they must do to receive this bread that endures to eternal life.  

Jesus' simple answer is believe in the One God sent.  Jesus describes Himself as the true 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

Man's heart is a subject found throughout the Bible.  The first use of the Hebrew word for heart is found in Genesis 6:5 where the LORD saw that every intention of the thoughts of man's heart was only evil continually.  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. 

So this instruction to his son in reference to his heart (his inner self) is appropriate.  Solomon 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 understanding.  Solomon is saying in effect do not put all your weight on your own wisdom and knowledge. Instead trust in the LORD with your 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 true 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 true 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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