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Monday, May 23, 2011

Kingdom Manna


Kingdom Manna Introduction

We pray “Thy kingdom come” on a regular basis as we seek to follow the Lord’s invitation to live in His family. But are we any more aware of what God’s kingdom is than the bewildered disciples were when they struggled to grasp Jesus’ stories and metaphors? Or Joshua, as God led him through ‘un-worldly’ military tactics?

How do we recognize the kingdom? Live it? Explore it? Share it? Do we find it as if under a microscope or do we need to develop peripheral vision? In these reflective meditations we'll glimpse into kingdom characteristics, and explore their relevance to our modern world and lives. Please share as you discover your own of prose, poetry, questions and journal insights.


Treasures

John 6:31, Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”


“Manna-what is it?” Israel asked, mystified by the flaky fiber carpeting the earth, surrounding their camp.

“Bread from the Lord,” Moses replied. Gather as much as each needs, an omer apiece, one day at a time.

They did not, could not, recognize the substance. They struggled to comprehend it, classify it, cook it.

Food from heaven. Fare of the angels.

Morning by morning the heavenly meal fed them, sustained them, nourished them for forty years.

Bewildered disciples struggled to understand Jesus’ kingdom, too. Not of this earth, but sufficient for the needs of each day. Not a fact explainable, but a fact undeniable. A different reality, sent from God, delivered by Jesus’ own hand.

Thoughts crowd, convict my mind. God’s kingdom present here, now? Can I grasp it? Explore it? Live it? What does it mean?

Far reaching implications. Fruit from God’s house.

Open my eyes, Lord, I pray, to see Your kingdom clearly and live each day nourished by spiritual manna.


Psalm of Worship: Psalm 78: 24-25

he rained down on them manna to eat,

and gave them the grain of heaven.

Mortals ate of the bread of angels,

he sent them food in abundance.


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