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"The Secret of Daily Bread" (Miracle of the Manna) (Psalm 78:24-25, John 6:31-58)

Part of the Guest Lecture Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Carlo Walth
Carlo Walth
February 14, 2010

Preached on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Garden Valley Chapel; Psalm 78:24-25, Exodus 16, John 6:31-58

Tags: Bread, Manna

About Carlo Walth: With a strong background of pastoral experience in three churches (35 years) and a brief period as Executive Director of Sierra Pines Christian Camp, Carlo has built a consistent track record of ministry fruitfulness through mentoring. His greatest joy is to see his relational investment resulting in compound Kingdom interest. Doctor of Ministry studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, have equipped Carlo in spiritual formation ministries and leadership development. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Taylor University College. Carlo is an ordained minister with two mainline Evangelical Protestant denominations. For 35 years Carlo has been married to Jean Ann. She is a California credentialed teacher, Certified Music Practitioner (specializing in piano, vocal and harp) and mother of their 3 children. When not deeply absorbed in the joys of mentoring, Carlo may be found wearing a Giant’s cap and wielding his Taylor guitar, Loomis fishing rod, Louisville Slugger bat, Nikon camera, Trek bicycle, or a Frisbee disc.

Psalm 78:24-25

24 and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance. (ESV)

John 6:31-58

31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” (ESV)

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