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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

HeavensProvisionThe children of Israel were not long in the desert before they began complaining. Exodus 16:2, 3 says: “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. “

Following this terrible complaining and accusations against God He responds in verse 4: “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”

Despite their ungrateful and “entitlement” attitude, God in His grace and mercy, rained bread down from Heaven. Although in the natural order of things God gives bread from the earth to sustain physical man, He is not limited to earth’s resources.

When we find ourselves in a predicament where natural resources run out, are depleted and dried up, it is easy for us to get irritable, thin-skinned, and complain. Instead of fretting and becoming anxious we need to fix our eyes upon the Lord who always has the answer to every situation.

In this situation, with Israel being out of bread, God teaches both them and us that the earth is not the only resource to meet our natural needs. There is another place of provision, a place of limitless provision--Heaven!

Heaven always has an answer for every need, no matter how small or great. Why do we so often look to earth and the things that it hopefully will provide to meet our needs? We must realize that trusting earth’s provision will often fail us. Earth is not always able to provide all the answers we need.

God rained bread from Heaven out of His grace and mercy to meet their need, not because they deserved it. Because of their ungrateful attitude they did not deserve it. This points us again to Jesus as we read Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

They did not get this miracle because of their faith in God. The trial of facing hunger was intended to be an opportunity for their faith to increase and be enlarged. Hebrews 4:2 tells us that this miracle of bread from Heaven did not profit them spiritually because it was not mixed with faith.

Every trial we face in our lives are all opportunities for us to exercise faith in Heaven’s provision. In this matter, Israel got the miracle, but failed the test of faith. How sad.

In the midst of trials, we must, with humble hearts, turn our eyes upon Jesus and call upon Heaven’s bread and Heaven’s resources.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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DoublePortionJesus Christ is our double portion. He is our complete rest, now and for eternity.

The Jews who celebrate Shabbat every Friday evening take two loaves of bread representing the double portion which was gathered on the day before Shabbat (the seventh day). God did not give them manna on the seventh day.

On Friday evening following sundown, which according to the law, is the beginning of Sabbath, they sit down at their tables and break bread together. They give thanks in Hebrew for the wine, which translated into English says: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, King of the universe, who bringeth forth the fruit of the vine.” They then give thanks in Hebrew for the bread, but translated into English says: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord God, King of the universe, who bringeth forth bread from the earth.”

The two loaves represent the double portion which had to be gathered on the sixth day.

Exodus 16:16 says: “Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.” I think that every person in the family was given an omer measurement, approximately three quarts, one pint daily for five days. On the sixth day they collected two omers prepared for both the sixth and seventh days. They could not bake bread on Shabbat as it was their day of rest.

In Exodus 16:36 we note that an omer is the tenth part of an ephah, approximately ½ gallon per person. Therefore, on the sixth day, each person received a double portion to hold them over until the Sabbath ended. They received a two tenths deal.

Jesus Christ is our two tenths deal. He is our double portion for He is our Sabbath rest, not only for the Sabbath, but on every day of the week.

The typology points to the fact that we cannot earn our salvation through our own works of keeping the law. It was a serious offence to go out to get manna on the sixth day. Salvation can only come by accepting Jesus Christ as our complete rest for every day of our lives.

Ephesians 2:8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Titus 3:5: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

The rest that the law granted Israel was for one-day per week. The rest, spiritually speaking, that grace gives us without the law is never ending. In this way, Jesus is our eternal Sabbath.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ShewbreadMatthew 16:21: “From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”

Jesus said in John 12:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of the Old Testament shewbread, reveals to His disciples (in the above Scriptures) that He was the kernel of wheat that would be ground into fine powder, He would be baked through the many sufferings and intense fiery trials ending in His crucifixion. And, He would rise from the dead to become our living bread.

Nobody wants to eat unbaked bread, and for that matter, bread that is not ground. Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus, who was the fulfillment of the Old Testament shewbread to physically fulfill the exact truth of what the wheat must go through to become bread for the hungry.

As the shewbread, He reveals Himself to His disciples for the third time in John 21:1-14. Jesus is now the living shewbread. He has been resurrected from the dead and is now placed on the table for the whosoever who will believe in Him to freely partake of His resurrected life.

Acts 1:3: “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

These Scriptures regarding His resurrection are so important for they validate His resurrection by many eye-witnesses over a forty-day period. The truth is that Jesus Christ is now what He confessed in John 6:35: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John 6:48: “I am that bread of life.”

John 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any many eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh (which was ground to fine flour), which I will give for the life of the world.”

Jesus is our daily bread, more important than the best of our natural breads. Let us eat of Him freely.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ComeDineJesus said, “Come and dine” (John 21:12).

The Holy Spirit wants us to receive the revelation that the golden table of shewbread points to Jesus Christ who was, and still is, the most valuable golden table. We have the priceless privilege to sit down and partake of Him and with Him every day of our lives. We sit at this table with none other than the King of all kings. What a privilege. What a blessing.

God’s great desire is that each one of us have an ever-increasing appetite to turn away from all other tables, enticing though they may be. He wants us to sit down with Him at His royal table and partake of His life-giving food.

Jesus Christ is to us the Tree of Life that was in the Garden of Eden. The devil enticed Adam, through Eve, to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as the world discerns it and that tree brought sin and death. They were driven out of the garden and were not allowed access to the tree of life eternal until the revelation of the atoning blood of Jesus the Lamb, slain before the foundation of the world, was given.

The truth is that Adam and Eve sat down at the wrong table!

We who call ourselves Christians must ask ourselves: “At what table am I sitting?” “On what food am I feasting?” The world has a table that looks so good to our fallen nature. So enticing. So appetizing to the flesh. But we end up having no appetite left for the table responding to the tree of life, Jesus Christ.

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples of Jesus went back fishing, speaking of their “old life” and “old table.” However, when Jesus came down to the shore of Galilee to find them, He called out: “Come and dine.” They instinctively knew it was Him (John 21:12). This was the Son of God. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. Conqueror of death and hell. This was the one who called them to come and leave their old table and dine with Him.

Where are you dining today?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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JesusRevealsJesus Christ is the Golden Table, prepared by God the Father to provide life and daily sustenance for His people.

The golden table speaks of the very high value and importance of this ministry of feeding and sustaining His people. This is the Table of tables. There is no other table that can compare with this table. The Candle of the Lord, the Golden Lampstand, shines on this table. It doesn’t shine where the Word of God is not present.

We note that the Golden Lampstand with its seven candlesticks was positioned directly opposite the Golden Table of Shewbread. This golden ministry of feeding on the Word of God could not be seen or shown forth (shewbread) if the light did not shine on it to reveal it.

God does not want His people to sit in the dark at His golden table. Never. Ever. God desires His Word to be illuminated at all times.

If it were not for this golden table, we would not have specific understanding and revelation of God being the GREAT I AM in the person of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

The following are some of the Scriptures that show forth Jesus, the Son of God, revealed as the I AM of God (the shewbread).

“I AM the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15;26).

“I AM meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29).

“I AM the bread which came down from heaven” (Join 6:41).

“I AM the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48).

“I AM the living bread” (John 6:51).

“I AM the light of the world” (John 8:12 and 9:5).

“I AM from above . . . I AM not of this world” (John 8:23).

“Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).

“I AM the door of the sheep” (John 10:7, 9).

“I AM the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14).

“I AM the Son of God" (John 10:36).

“I AM the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).

“I AM the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

“I AM the true vine” (John 15:1).

“I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” (Revelation 1:8; 21:6; and 22:13).

“I AM the first and the last” (Revelation 1:7 and 22:13).

“I AM he that liveth, and was dead” (Revelation 1:18).

“I AM alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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