Exodus - The Bread and Water of Life

Jesus Christ giving of His life for those who believe on Him was foreshadowed in Exodus by bread from heaven and water from the rock. He is our true bread, living water, and true Exodus to the heavenly Promised Land.

Exodus – The Bread and Water of Life

By Lynn Warner

Exodus foreshadows the bread and water of eternal life, Jesus Christ, by introducing the physical bread from heaven called manna and the water from the rock which Moses struck.  Both bread and water are necessary for physical life in the wilderness.  But the Bible shows that the true bread from heaven (Jesus) and the living water (the Holy Spirit) are necessary for our Exodus (departure) from physical life to eternal life.  Eternal life is knowing “Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3b KJV).

In Exodus, the people were hungry and murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  God heard and answered in Exodus 16:4, “Then said the Lord unto Moses, 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.”  This was the physical bread foreshadowing the true bread of eternal life.

Jesus explained the true bread of eternal life in John 6:47-51: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”  Here, Jesus was clear that the true bread is His flesh – meaning, He would die for man’s salvation.

Similar to murmuring for bread, the people murmured for water in the wilderness against Moses, who cried to the Lord in Exodus 17:5-6: “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”

Like the manna and the true bread of heaven, the water from the rock foreshadowed the Living Water of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, as we read in John 7:37-39: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.).”

This foreshadowing of bread and water, being Christ, our true Exodus, is summarized in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; 16: “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.…The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”

Jesus Christ giving of His life for those who believe on Him was foreshadowed in Exodus by bread from heaven and water from the rock.  He is our true bread, living water, and true Exodus to the heavenly Promised Land.

 

 

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