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The Rev. Roger Salter: “The Bread God has Given You” (Exodus 16:4-15)

May 30, 2014

From the Rev. Roger Salter’s Living Oracles website comes a reflection on The Bread God has Given You.  This meditation is based on Exodus 16: 4-15 and refers to John 6: 27-40, and as Rev. Salter points out, “It is so delightful to witness the unity of Holy Scripture in its foreshadowings and fulfilment.”  In the message, we have both reassurance and warning – the reassurance being Jesus’ pledge for the future:

And then Jesus issues an assurance, his pledge for the future.  The unknown future can be frightening as we consider life’s “what ifs”.

Jesus banishes that anxiety concerning circumstances and self.  “He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (v.35).  How can Jesus declare this certainty?  It is because those to whom he has given himself have been given to him by the Father:  “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (v.37).  As we have noticed, comers to Jesus are never cast out, not at the outset or ever.

Jesus’ life feeds the life of believers, ever preserving them, and giving them strength to persevere in the faith he has wrought in them through divine enabling.  They will never hunger to the point of spiritual death.  Furthermore, the Son is strictly charged by the Father to see that the given ones are kept in absolute security and wellbeing.  “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day (v.40).

The warning is of a Western civilization that is starving in the midst of the abundance of the Word of God:

People are fed on the scraps of human baking.  The Bread of heaven is set aside.  Souls are empty.  Folk are famished.  God in his displeasure sends his worst judgment on an arrogant western civilization that defies him and increasingly deserts him.  The themes of our culture are dark or depraved.

Our manner towards God needs to be changed.  But we must pray that even yet the manna of heaven will fall softly on grumblers, and that the dew of heaven will soften hard hearts of western leaders and peoples before our collective starvation results in rigor mortis and the grave death of the soul, the second death to be avoided at all costs – and can be through Christ.

May God open the eyes of those who cannot see the Bread of heaven, and cannot – or will not -taste and see that the Lord is good.  If you have time, read the whole meditation by Rev. Salter.

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