Friday, June 26, 2015

Sufficient for Our Nourishment

If you are the Son of God, command
these stones to become loaves of bread.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
—Isaiah 55:2
Thus humans ate angelic bread;
from God's abundance they were fed.
The east wind from the heavens sped,
the south wind by God's power was led.
Like dust he rained meat on them, and
quails numerous as grains of sand.
—Psalm 78:25-27
Suggested tune (Israel):
The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
—Matthew 4:3-4
Satan presses us very hard when he attempts to make us distrust God and consult our own advantage in a way not authorized by his word. The meaning of his words, therefore, is: When you see that you are forsaken by God, you are driven by necessity to attend to yourself. Provide then for yourself the food with which God does not supply you. Now, though he holds out the divine power of Christ to turn the stones into loaves, yet the single object which he has in view is to persuade Christ to depart from the word of God, and to follow the dictates of infidelity.

Christ’s reply, therefore, is appropriate. "We do not live by bread alone. You advise me to contrive some remedy for obtaining relief in a different manner from what God permits. This would be to distrust God; and I have no reason to expect that he will support me in a different manner from what he has promised in his word. You, Satan, represent his favor as confined to bread. But God declares that, though every kind of food were wanting, his blessing alone is sufficient for our nourishment.”

Such was the kind of temptation which Satan employed, the same kind with which he assails us daily. The Son of God did not choose to undertake any contest of an unusual description, but to sustain assaults in common with us, that we might be furnished with the same armor, and might entertain no doubt as to achieving the victory.
—John Calvin
Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more. Amen.
—William Williams

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