The Manna and the Faith of Abraham
“But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves”
The manna was to be eaten in the day in which it was given. The great provision of God was not to be held on to, it was to be eaten as the daily sustenance. So is God’s word. It is not given to be stored in the intellect. It is to be eaten and consumed through our obedience so that its substance becomes a part of our everyday life.
“And Moses said, let no man leave of it till the morning. Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them”
The religious ways of men store up the sayings and words of the One who is the true manna. Just as the manna bred worms and stank so will His provisions if not eaten through the medium of obedience. The hearing of His Word if not coupled with obedience to that Word will bring deception and dishonor.
The Faith of Abraham
God spoke to Abraham to offer up his most beloved son and we see his faith revealed in his response to the word of the Lord.
“And he said, take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of”
What was Abraham’s response? Immediate obedience. May we have just such a response in the obeying our Lord!
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him”
The depth of our faith is revealed in the verity of our life. Jesus in talking to the religious leaders of that day declared:
“If ye were Abraham’s children,
ye would do the works of Abraham”
The Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day had become deceived by knowing the scriptures and walking in the vain show of an outward religion; inwardly they had become “ravening wolves”. It was the pretense of an outward show of being spiritual rather than an inward reality. The great and penetrating question for us:
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say?”
Clarity of discernment comes to those by love obey and serve their God. It requires great grace to walk in obedience to His word and His way. Obedience is the path to knowing Him and the understanding of His Covenant.
“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him;
and he will shew them his covenant.”
Excerpt from the Spiritual Discernment and False Prophets Part One Writing