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Bread of Life.

Bread of Life.

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BY HENRY VARLEY


EXODUS XVI. 35.

AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID EAT MANNA FORTY YEARS,
UNTIL THEY CAME TO A LAND INHABITED : THEY DID EAT
MANNA, UNTIL THEY CAME UNTO THE BORDERS OF THE LAND
OF CANAAN.
BY HENRY VARLEY


EXODUS XVI. 35.

AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID EAT MANNA FORTY YEARS,
UNTIL THEY CAME TO A LAND INHABITED : THEY DID EAT
MANNA, UNTIL THEY CAME UNTO THE BORDERS OF THE LAND
OF CANAAN.

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BREAD OF LIFE. BY HERY VARLEY EXODUS XVI. 35. AD THE CHILDRE OF ISRAEL DID EAT MAA FORTY YEARS, UTIL THEY CAME TO A LAD IHABITED : THEY DID EAT MAA, UTIL THEY CAME UTO THE BORDERS OF THE LAD OF CAAA. I more than one address I have endeavored to point out how fully the Old Testament makes known the Lord Jesus Christ, and perhaps in no part does the excellency of Jesus Christ come out more vividly, than in this beautiful type of the manna. He himself has given His introduction to my theme, very distinctly identifying Himself as the true manna which came down from heaven, of the which, if a man eat, he shall live forever. The condition of Israel was such that they must be supplied by the living God or die. The wilder- ness could not supply them with food, and since their unbelief had shut them out of the land flow- ing with milk and honey ; since God had judicially (104) THE BREAD OF LIFE. IO5 separated them by His oath, swearing in His wrath that they should not enter into His rest, (and, as you know, that whole generation died, save only Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son
 
of un, and the children under twenty years of age, when the oath went forth,) — I pray you ob- serve how this provision was entirely of God's mercy. I should like to identify my theme with the chapter, so that whenever you read it again, the thoughts I express may come to your minds. ote first, that the manna was provided by God in the dark night of their human need. How precious is the thought thus suggested. When man was lying in the hopelessness of sin, the Eternal God Himself brought in His own wonder- ful provision. There, upon the ground, the manna lies. I love to think how near it is, and that the Lord Jesus Christ has come to our necessities. " Who shall ascend into heaven, that is to bring Christ down from above, or who shall descend into the deep, that is to bring Christ again from the dead, for the word is nigh thee." Oh that I could take you outside the tents of Israel, and show you there that manna which God so bountifully show- ered around. There it is, and I would here point out to you the responsibility which rests upon us. Either the manna must be taken up by us or we must tread upon it, — one thing or the other. It must be taken up or trodden down. It lies there in its minute form, — small as coriander seed, — like the hoar-frost on the ground. So abundant has our God made the provision of salvation, that I06 THE BREAD OF LIFE. there is not one soul in this house to-night who need leave it unsavedl " He that bclieveth on riim is not condemned ; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not be-
 
lieved in the name of the only begotten Son of God." And remember how adapted to the need of the Israelite was this manna, and how beautifully adapted is Jesus Christ, as the bread of life, to every one of us. Still men are idly speculating upon the Lord Jesus as a bundle of doctrines, of difficult theories. But I would ask you to remem- ber how ^ the eternal God has made Him to be the bread which cometh down from Heaven. He cannot bear that you should die ; it is the bread which sustains ; it is Christ which is the life. He that hath the Son hath life, for as Jesus so sweetly says : ' I am the bread from Heaven, cf which if 'a man eat he shall live forever.' I pray that your minds may be disabused in this beautiful figure, of all the difficulties which may suggest them- selves to you about the reception cf Christ. Re- member that Christ is bread to the soul. He scatters the harvest-field of the world with His presence, and bids you cat. There is not a loaf that finds its way on to your table but it speaks of Jesus to you. It whispers, "I am the bread which came down from Heaven." The hunger of the soul must be appeased. There is a sphere in which you cannot find even the temporary rest which man has now. The rich man, when he passed away into the other world, lifted up his THE BREAD OF LIFE. lO/ ey^s, being in torment, and asked that Lazarus might be sent to cool his parched tongue. And there is an absence of the bread which satisfies, — an absence which I pray God you and I may never know, for the time will come when God shall re- move this v/ondrous provision.

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