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Gathering the Manna

  • Gathering the Manna from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    (Exodus 16:4–5 NKJV)  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”

    The Lord rained manna across the camp of the Israelites daily. It was literally daily bread from heaven. It appeared in the early morning like frost on the ground. The manna was white and tasted like wafers made with honey. The Israelites gathered it, baked it into cakes, or cooked it in various ways. Each morning, more manna would appear. It fed them, but it also tested their trust in God.

    There were strict rules regarding manna. It came each morning with the dew, and the Israelites went out to get enough for their family. Each household had to gather the manna for themselves. A wealthy family could not hire others to gather it for them. The ones who gathered little had enough, and the ones with a lot never had too much. It was always enough.

    The Lord told them not to keep manna overnight, but some did, and it was terrible. It grew worms and stank. Yet on the day before the Sabbath, they were given a two day supply of it. They kept it overnight, and it did not spoil. This allowed them to take a day off and rest. In fact, it forced them to take a day off, for the manna did not appear on the Sabbath day.

    The manna sustained them, but it also tested their character. The Israelites broke every single rule God gave them concerning it. He told them to not keep it overnight, but some tried to. He told them to rest on the Sabbath, yet some went out to gather more manna anyway but found none. They knew what God wanted but apparently just didn't think it mattered.

    The Lord tested them to see what they would do with what He provided. There was no room for greed or hoarding. Each family was to depend on God to give them what they needed each day. It is a beautiful flow of supernatural provision—a complete balance between work, reward, and rest. Six days a week, they rose early in the morning and gathered the manna. On the seventh day, they rested and enjoyed the day off.

    Jesus taught His disciples to include it in their prayer:

    (Matthew 6:11 NKJV) Give us this day our daily bread.

    The Lord provides each day, yet we still have to do our part. Just as the birds of the air, or the squirrels gathering nuts. The opportunity that He provides may seem humbling to you. Some of the Israelites grumbled and missed the "pots of meat" in Egypt. But through our life, we travel through mountains as well as valleys.

    Remember that it is the Lord who provides the manna, and He can give double when it is needed. He is also able to make what you gather stink and melt away overnight.

    (Proverbs 3:9–10 NKJV) Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

    We face difficult times. Once because of a string of bad choices made by the leadership of Israel, Ahab, and Jezebel, the entire land suffered drought and then famine. Those two seemed to honor any god around except for the Almighty God. As a result of that, it did not rain for years. The people could not plant crops in the dry dust, so a shortage of food followed.

    During this drought and famine, the Lord sent Elijah to stay with a poor widow in Zarephath. But she had only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar. She planned to make a small cake out of it so that she and her son could have a last meal together. After that, they would starve to death. While she was out gathering sticks to build a fire to cook their last meal, she met the prophet, Elijah.

    What happened next is totally against what we think our God would do. Instead of God coming through at the last minute and miraculously providing food for the poor widow, He asked her to share her last bit of food with a stranger. Would God really ask a poor, starving widow with no income to share the little she had with someone else? Apparently so, because it is all about trusting Him to provide for us daily. None are exempt from "Give, and it will be given to you," not even the poor widow with two mites, nor the widow in this story.

    Elijah told her to first make him a small cake out of what she had, and then some for her and her son because the bin of flour and the jug of oil would not run out until it rained on the earth. When she did as Elijah asked, the little bit that she had fed them all for the next three years. The supply of food did not run out.

    (1 Kings 17:15–16 NKJV) So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

    Our God is a sustaining God. When trouble comes on the earth, He is more than able to take care of those who listen to His voice. This is the time to be obedient to His gentle promptings. In the story, the widow was free to ignore Elijah's request, but her obedience brought them provision for years. The Lord took care of Elijah and the widow, even when the land they lived in was undergoing judgment. The Lord is more than able to sustain you during the hard times.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me wisdom, guidance, and help me understand Your word. I know that my provision comes from You and that You could double it or take it away. Give us today our daily bread. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Day 

November 22, 2020
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Jessica Anne
Jessica Anne

You too Yvette!☺

November 23, 2020
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Brenda F
Brenda F

AMEN.  Right on time!

November 23, 2020
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Jessica Anne
Jessica Anne

The Lord is our provider. Amen

November 23, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father I Thank You with all of my heart

November 23, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Heavenly Father I am so Blessed by You.  Thank you for answering my prayers. AMEN

November 23, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Lord for providing for my needs every day, I am thankful and greatful for your love, compassion, kindness and forgiveness when I sin.  I pray as Jesus taught us each day and I thank you for my daily bread, for without it Lord, I am lost.  Thank you Jesus for your sacrafice in saving me so that I may live in eternity with you and Our Heavenly Father, and I say, "Give us this day our daily bread"!  In your most precious name I pray, Amen!!

November 23, 2020
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, thank you for sustaining us through the good times and the bad times, and for never forsaking us!

November 23, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

November 23, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

November 23, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God is so awesome.

November 23, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

November 23, 2020
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

Amen!!!

 

Some helps that found me along the way...

often following His exact instructions are referred to as being done by those following (walking with) Him as being done "just so" כן (kn) ... We discover His multitude of compassions חן (chn) everywhere... ♡

even when I find myself grumbly, He is slow ארך (ark) to anger and very patient yet insistent with me step by step... making certain כן I don't miss any steps so I can become "just so" ... usually I often find that I'm overlooking something very simple. He teaches His things to little children... my mind can get too poofy with things I've heard and learned (yeasted with) formerly and I need to be deflated and childlike to understand from a little viewpoint not overthinking.

The foolishness of God is wiser than wisdom of men. Not like a scholar, but like a heart of a young child.

Jesus is the door, we Torah (see/ have revealed to us the everlasting gospel by entering into OT through every saying אמרי from מן His mouth פ and in this manner eat with Him and The Father with The Help from The Spirit face:face...)

it's imperative to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.

as we begin we come in between "the door and the altar" where in many prophets were torn to pieces... we want to increasingly cooperate with manifesting fruits of The Spirit and resisting the works of flesh in midst of these things.

Fear is very springy, idk if my big brain or the fear of Him I was chased about with of Him as a child continuously must be overcome within me more... I'm so greatful He doesn't abandon me to it... ♡

Exodus 16
8 And Moses said, “When the LORD gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full...

This meat בשר is His gospel בשר
His body בשר broken for us ♡

Starting new each day is very helpful, otherwise I'm quickly weighed down. We go through parables each day, seek treasure, His Words to keep become engraved כת on my heart... then after a little while light making sure to read the NT "fasting" at that time light amplifies everywhere dawning greater faith by belief. it's a great gift, easily delayed by overlooking this instruction. ♡

In John 14.24 Jesus highlights to us the importance of keeping His Words... these are the keys כי και to His message/commands our lost salt and the foundation of His Kingdom. In Matthew 5, He encourages us to Jesus them ♡ and teach others to do the same כי like משל Him.

Then He clothes us with His armoure ♡

I've found it very difficult to gather like Acts 2 to do these things at this time. It seems like any who follow Him Beginning to End following Him closely and becoming completed are like virgins?...

So I try to put His Words I find in front of any who might have them recalled to them by The Spirit at an appropriate appointed time.


In Matthew 24 Jesus asks who really is the faithful and discreet slave? Hoping to be found faithful, yet far from discreet at this moment calling out to everyone in town "come and hear all The Things Jesus is Saying"

I see the reason for discreetness is because of the fire within the waters we walk through to get into heavenly places. It's like the closer I see someone to the flames the more amplified my being becomes because He snatched me out from them early. ♡ I really want to help them, but see also imperatively that they need to follow Him there, to be restored gently יצר to follow Him straight ישר giving up our thoughts for His perfect ones... not being hardened when we unexpectedly hear His voice from the midst of all things we thought we understood before but didn't yet know Him. ♡♡♡

He is coming on the clouds עין
and every eye ען will see Him.

These instructions are from the beginning. Our adoption is John 1.1, Genesis 1.1, Matthew 5.1. We're born ברא again שת... reestablished and promised completion if we rely on Him הראשית and His promises we are His bride אשית and one עשתי with את Him.
מם : תת

John 14-17 is breathtaking ♡♡♡

November 23, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always providing for my needs! I love You, Amen.

November 23, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen Heavenly Father, I will always be grateful to You, for Your love for us is immense by following Your designs. Lead us Father 'cause without You we are nothing, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. We trust in You always Lord. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia, God bless you both. 

November 23, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

November 23, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 23, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Lord, thank you, Amen !

November 23, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Thank you LORD for all the many blessings, being with us in good times and troubled times! "Thy will be done!" - Wishing each and everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, as we count our blessings, but most of all our salvation!

November 24, 2020