|Lesson 1: The Law Of The Old That Is Covered In
the New Testament:
Man Can Not Live On Bread Alone
Deuteronomy 8:1-20 KJV
(1) All the commandments which I command thee this day shall
ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and
possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.
(2) And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee,
and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou
wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
(3) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed
thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers
know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by
bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of the LORD doth man live.
(4) Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot
swell, these forty years.
(5) Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
(6) Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD
thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
(7) For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land
of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of
valleys and hills;
(8) A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and
pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
(9) A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou
shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and
out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
(10) When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the
LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
(11) Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not
keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes,
which I command thee this day:
(12) Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly
houses, and dwelt therein;
(13) And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver
and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
(14) Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy
God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the
house of bondage;
(15) Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness,
wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where
there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock
(16) Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy
fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might
prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
(17) And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of
mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
(18) But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that
giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his
covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
(19) And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God,
and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I
testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
(20) As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your
face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto
the voice of the LORD your God.
These next series which we are working on today pertains to that
law of Moses taught both in Old And New Testament. No one
obeys Old Testament law completely today. If we did would our
nation find itself in safer state then yesteryears when we were
attack on 911. The law of Moses and the Law of God over lap in
Jewish culture. So it did in a culture of one faith being primary
practice. Laws would change with different cultures but there
were certain laws given that were for those who walked by faith.
It was instructions to the believer and the believer want to be.
The believer want to be takes and looks at the law of God even
though they do not believe in God but see the principals of God
has having value except for the worship of God. Then you have
the believer who struggles with the spirituals laws of faith through
out their life time. And then you have laws of humanity/society.
Why is certain of the Jewish laws important to both the Gentile
and Jew of faith in Christ Jesus is because it how we learn to
fight the enemy. If we have standard spiritual laws of faith vs.
laws of natural man, they are provable by a default. Some people
are rich in faith and others poor in spirit. Some are wealthy to
extreme and others are poor as the church mouse who eats
regularly from the church pantry. Even a mouse know to live
where there is a food source if possible. Yet the survival of the
fittest does not apply to society no matter what. Rich man falls
and loose his wealth and poor get richer and prosper for a
purpose. All at the Lord will according to His promise to those
who are faithful to His Word. Yet it is clear that God does allow
evil men to prosper as well as those poor but rich in faith. David
knew one day the authority of the palace would be taken from
him. He even seen it happen and seen it restored in his day. Yet
sin was the reason it was taken and repentance brought about
restoration. So it is still today, one prosperity not necessarily in
rich abundance but based on spiritual prosperity, unless God is
allowing evil to rise only to one day destroy it for the world to see.
Business fail for two reasons corruption in business or a lack of
hard work. Yet Business fail for another reason and it is based
on spirituality called faith in God. There are business owners that
obey the law of God except for the first commandment of God
and that is to seek Him first, to love Him and obey Him. Those
are companies that fall into corruption at some level. Then you
have the companies that obey God’s law except for reverencing
God that prosper, but because of a lack of belief fail eventually,
because corruption eventually enters in, because the ways of
God are not taught or greed gets in the way of health business
The spiritual bread that comes from this passage is man can not
live on bread alone but every word that proceeds out of the
mouth of God. Tomorrow we will look at Christ use of this
passage, but today we looking how it was so true for Israel
spiritual prosperity. To live on what you can find in the wilderness
vs. on the manna from heaven. If we live by the Word of God,
God is going to provide for our needs. However are you willing to
sacrifice those needs to help a soul not saved. A Baptist
missionary by the name of Lottie Moon was in China during one
of their famines. She gave her daily ration to the children of china,
only to began her journey home by boat because of her failing
health. She died on her journey home. Some might say if she had
eaten her daily ration of food instead of giving her rice to the
children she might have lived, yet what some fail to see is
sacrifice often cost one something. She had the most important
bread that came from heaven, the word of God living within her
heart. Personal sacrifice and survival is different then prosperity
sometimes. If where you are is without and you have a supply
are you using it to help your fellowman or hoarding it for yourself.
One can not live by bread alone, but one needs bread to live. So
it is with the word and breath of God that is given to every man
we need air to breath and bread to live, or we die. Yet we also
need God’s word to keep us through life journey, so when we
fail we know God will and can restore us. Lottie went to a better
place, she had suffered for the children sake far to long. Yet God’
s people are often a hand extended to the needy. Whether they
rich or poor they have a treasure that enables them to live with
joy in their heart all the days of their life. God’s people in times of
hardship of nation vs. times of prosperity as individuals and as a
nation. Lottie had both food and spiritual food and she gave both
Christ gave his life so we could have spiritual food and
restoration to God the Father. Spiritual food that would never
pass away that will remain through out eternity. Follow the ways
of God and prosper. No matter what state you find yourself in,
God provision will come with obedience to His Word.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to have faith in troublesome times.
Help us not to be discouraged but to hold on the manna of
heaven, never looking to what we do not have but what we do
have. In Jesus precious name, Amen.