#19 The Change of Diet to the Heavenly Christ (3)

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#19 The Change of Diet to the Heavenly Christ (3)

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Jameson Chen continues our series about our spiritual diet as believers!

Scripture Reading: Exo. 16:1-36; Num. 11:6-9; John 6:31-35, 48-51, 57-58

IV. We need to see and experience the characteristics of Christ as our unique food, our daily manna, for our metabolic transformation:

A. Manna is a mystery—Exo. 16:15; Col. 2:2; Isa. 9:6; Eph. 3:4; John 3:8:

1. The Hebrew word man hu, from which the word manna derives, means “What is it?”—Exo. 16:15.

2. Just as we cannot analyze or explain manna, we cannot analyze or explain the Lord Jesus; to the people of the world, Christ is the real manna, the real “what is it?”

B. Manna is a long-term miracle; manna was sent every morning, and it had to be gathered every morning; this indicates that we cannot store up the supply of Christ but that the experience of Christ as our life supply must be daily, morning by morning; as our food, Christ will last for eternity—vv. 4, 21; cf. Matt. 6:34.

C. Manna is from heaven; on the one hand, the Lord Jesus is “the bread out of heaven”; on the other hand, He is “the bread of God,” the One who came down out of heaven to be our food— Exo. 16:4; John 6:32-33, 51.

D. Manna comes with the dew, which signifies the Lord’s refreshing and watering grace brought in by His fresh compassions; grace is God reaching us to refresh us and water us—Exo. 16:13-14; Num. 11:9; Psa. 133:3; Lam. 3:22-23; Heb. 4:16; Psa. 110:3.

E. Manna comes in the morning, indicating that it gives us a new beginning through our living contact with the Lord—Exo. 16:21; cf. S. S. 1:6b; 7:12; John 5:39-40; Rom. 6:4; 7:6.

F. Manna is small; Christ was born in a manger, and He was raised in the home of a carpenter in a small, despised town; this indicates that the Lord did not make a display of His greatness but preferred to be small in the eyes of man—Exo. 16:14; Luke 2:12; John 6:35; cf. Judg. 9:9, 11, 13; Matt. 13:31-32.

G. Manna is fine, indicating that Christ is even and balanced and that He became small enough for us to eat—Exo. 16:14; John 6:12.

H. Manna is round, indicating that as our food Christ is eternal, perfect, and full, without shortage or defect—Exo. 16:14; John 8:58.

I. Manna is white, showing that Christ is clean and pure, without any mixture—Exo. 16:31; Psa. 12:6; 119:140; 2 Cor. 11:3b.

J. Manna is like frost, signifying that Christ not only cools and refreshes us but also kills the negative things within us— Exo. 16:14; Prov. 17:27.

K. Manna is like coriander seed, indicating that Christ is full of life that grows in us and multiplies— Exo. 16:31; Num. 11:7; Luke 8:11.

L. Manna is solid (implied in the fact that the people “ground it between two millstones or beat it in a mortar; then they boiled it in pots”—Num. 11:8), signifying that after gathering Christ as manna, we must prepare Him for our eating by “grinding, beating, and boiling” Him in the situations and circumstances of our daily living—cf. 2 Cor. 1:4; Eph. 6:18.

M. Manna’s appearance is like that of bdellium, indicating the brightness and transparency of Christ—Num. 11:7; Rev. 4:6, 8; Ezek. 1:18.

N. Manna’s taste is like that of cakes baked in oil, signifying the fragrance of the Holy Spirit in the taste of Christ—Num. 11:8; Psa. 92:10.

O. Manna’s taste is like that of wafers made with honey, signifying the sweetness of the taste of Christ—Exo. 16:31; Psa. 119:103.

P. Manna is good for making cakes, indicating that Christ is like fine cakes good for nourishment— Num. 11:8; 1 Tim. 4:6.

“That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

-1 John 1:3

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