The Bread of Life
In the last year or so, I have discovered something so powerful, yet so simple, I wonder why there are not more people shouting it from the rooftops. I see many people out there asking, why are my prayers not being answered? Why can I not hear the Voice of YHVH as good as some people? Why am I not seeing the deeper things in the Scriptures like others? Today is the day that I share a Truth that has elevated my study and prayer life to a new level. Many people understand the Torah Commands at the Peshat, or literal levels, but they stay so focused on checking the blocks, they lose sight of the deeper side to the Holy Scriptures. I have found a Truth that helped me maximize my studies and prayer, while also eliminating the long cramming sessions on the weekends, most Torah pursuant people understand this.
I will start by asking a question. What happens to a man if he does not eat for six days? We all know that most men would be extremely weakened, and may even die without bread and water for six days. Well, this is what is happening in the Body of Yeshua/Jesus. Most Sabbath keepers understand that the Sabbath day is a Holy Day, set apart to the Worship of YHVH and Fellowship with your Israelite Family/Mishpacha. Many Assemblies, especially in Home groups miss the importance and wisdom contained in the Torah for our Daily Bread. If we do not eat physical food for 6 days, by the time we get to the 7th we are so weakened by the week. We would be pretty much useless on the 7th day, and would not feel as energetic and motivated to Worship our Creator and Redeemer. It is the same when we do not eat the Spiritual Food for six days, by the time the 7th comes, we only want to rest and do not feel up to studying. In many groups, you will have one person sharing and many others receiving, without much input into the groups or the Assemblies.
I understand that many work long hours. So, today I am going to give you a formula that YHVH established long ago. It will help maximize your intake of the Spiritual Bread while navigating through this fast paced world. We all know that bread or food is what fuels our Bodies, but at a deeper level, we also understand that the Word of YHVH is the Bread that feeds our Spirit.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
We see here that Yeshua/Jesus has given us a very True statement, we must not live on bread alone, but we also must ingest the Word of YHVH. This is the symbolism contained in the Lord’s Supper. He instructs us to eat his Flesh. Many of the people who were present when He said this left, because they did not understand what he was saying. We all know that eating a man’s physical flesh is forbidden. So, we must go deeper to see what he was conveying. After all, he did speak in parables in order to conceal the secrets of Heaven from the unworthy.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
So, we see here that he intentionally spoke in “hidden sayings” or parables so the secrets of the Kingdom could be revealed to them that have eyes to see and ears to hear. This is a Hebrew idiom for people who know and understand the Torah. Why would he instruct us to eat His Flesh? This is something that many, still to this day stumble over. Let’s take a closer look.
Joh 6:49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Joh 6:52 Then the Jews debated angrily with each other, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Joh 6:53 So Jesus told them, “Truly, truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink.
Joh 6:56 The person who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will also live because of me.
Joh 6:58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not the kind that your ancestors ate. They died, but the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
Joh 6:59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
Joh 6:60 When many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This is a difficult statement. Who can accept it?”
Joh 6:61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Does this offend you?
Here, he says he is the bread from Heaven, and we must eat this bread in order to obtain life that is eternal. Many could not understand this teaching, so what is he proposing? We must go to other scriptures to find out what he is saying, else we may miss the entire point. Just as these ignorant people missed what he was teaching, because they thought it too hard to understand.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 He existed in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity.
So here we see the Word was with YHVH, and the Word is YHVH, so why does Yeshua/Jesus instruct us to eat His Flesh?
Joh 1:14 The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father’s unique Son, full of grace and truth.
So, the Word became Flesh. There is your key to understanding Yeshua/Jesus instructiuons to eat His Flesh. His Flesh represents the Word of YHVH. He is the living image of Torah, the Word, which is YHVH’s authority. He walked it perfectly, he taught it flawlessly, he was the very image of YHVH, and we are instructed to consume this Bread everyday. After all, man does not live on bread alone, but every Word that comes from the mouth of YHVH. The True Bread that brings life eternal.
So, the good news is this, YHVH also gave us instructions on when and how to consume this manna/Bread from Heaven. Those who ate “Moses’s manna” died, but the Messiah tells us if we eat His Bread, we will have eternal life when we are raised on the day he returns. The Torah can not save. But ,what it can do is instruct us in the proper Way to search, find, measure, and consume the True Manna – the Word, the Spiritual Food that we must feed ourselves with daily.
Ezra the scribe, after the Babylonian Captivity, set up a system we call Torah Portions. These portions every week consist of a few chapters out of the Torah, Prophets, Writings, and in the Messianic World, the Brit Chadasha, or, New Testament. Every week, the portions are designed and set up so that we read and study events that took place historically in the same weeks as we are currently in in this day. In other words, we are reading about events every week that took place the same time of the year that we are in. Since we know the words of Solomon, we understand that History repeats itself.
Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecc 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Also according to His words, we come to know there is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.
Ecc 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Ecc 3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
Ecc 3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
Ecc 3:4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecc 3:5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Ecc 3:6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
Ecc 3:7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Ecc 3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecc 3:9 What gain has the worker from his toil?
Since History repeats itself and YHVH has appointed pre-established times for everything, we should be able to find exactly how AND when we should eat the Spiritual food of YHVH’s Word. One of the key elements in doing YHVH’s will is understanding the TIMING of what he is trying to accomplish. If it was not important, would he have even mentioned it? So, do we have instructions on the time we are to consume the Word, the Measure and the Manner in which we are to consume it? Absolutely!
Exo 16:14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground.
Exo 16:15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.
Exo 16:16 This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’”
Exo 16:17 And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less.
Exo 16:18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.
Exo 16:19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.”
Exo 16:20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.
Exo 16:21 Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
Exo 16:22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses,
Exo 16:23 he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’”
Exo 16:24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it.
Exo 16:25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field.
Exo 16:26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.”
Exo 16:27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.
Exo 16:28 And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?
Exo 16:29 See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.”
Exo 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
We are instructed to gather the Manna six days, and on the 6th day, gather a Double Portion, because on the Seventh day, there would be none. We are instructed to gather it before the sun waxes hot, so it does not melt. WE are told to not leave any till the next morning, else it would fester and stink. We are told to gather a portion and divide it among our Families and do not gather more than we need or less than we need. We are instructed to eat on this portion throughout the day.
Can we apply this to the Word in today’s times? Yes we can, and I will tell you from experience, this Truth will exponentially enhance the intake, memory, and depth of the Word that is revealed if you apply it in your life. And, if the entire Congregation applies it in their lives, the Fruit they bear should be as Fruitful as the Levite or Teacher of that Assembly. We already know that the scribe Ezra made a weekly portion to study, this is the weekly measure of the Bread/Manna of life we should gather during the week and consume.
If we take this portion and divide it into six parts, with a double portion for the 6th day, we can have just enough to study daily to sustain and grow. By this, we will not have so much that we lose what we have taken in. I’m going to walk you through the daily routine that has led me into exponential growth over a period of a year or so with the last Torah cycle.
Gather it in the Morning before the Sun waxes Hot- Every morning, read the daily portion after dividing it into six parts. In the morning, do not get too deep, simply read/gather/intake the daily Portion, after of course you pray the Shema and the “Lord’s Prayer” for Daily bread. There is a reason for gathering it before the sun waxes hot at when the sun rises and the day starts. Since we are mostly busy and preoccupied with work, household chores, raising kids, and many other things; this tells me to get up in the morning when all is quiet to intake or gather the Word/Bread/Manna in a less distactive setting. This may be reading into the text a bit, but I will say the application has been amazing for me.
Gather a Portion according to the need of the Family-Throughout the day. When you eat physical food 3 times a day, also take a few minutes to take in or eat the Word/Bread/Manna you gathered before the sun came up. Also, if possible, distribute this Word/Bread/Manna to your Household. Ultimately however, the individual must be accountable, especially for those that work. If you are able, teach at these times to your Family members. This should also be the same time during the day that you should be praying and meditating. I will get to that in a bit.
Do not leave anything till the next morning. Making sure you take in all the portion of that day; trying to get as much of the “nutrients” out of it as possible and getting as much of the deeper things as you can. Do not go to bed without finishing the portion, else it will spoil; or in the Spiritual sense, you may lose what you previously gathered, because it was not FRESH on your mind.
Gather a Double Portion the 6th Day- This is the day everyone should really dig and get as much as possible out of the Portions, because on the 6th day, YHVH gave Double, and on the 7th, there was no Manna. On the 7th day we rest, and this is when we share what we have learned all week. In the Shabbat Ritual of consuming the Word/Bread/Manna together with your Assembly or Group, this is symbolic of sharing the things you have learned in the Torah Portions of the week with your Mishpacha/Family/Assembly. Every person during the week will see different Truths within the portions because everyone is Gifted in different ways. The Entire group will have different angles they glean from the portions. So, when we assemble to the commanded Holy Convocation, we share in physical bread as well as what we have learned in the Portion throughout the week. This will vastly strengthen the Assembly if all members actually apply this concept, because more Truth will be found. King Solomon says this.
Ecc 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Ecc 4:11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
Ecc 4:12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him–a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
The more people that are sharing, the better the outcome will be. This is one thing about the way the modern Churches are set up that I personally believe is destroying the Body. There is basically one man trying to feed an entire Assembly, and he Himself is usually starving. This is also present in many Synagogues as well, where the Rabbis are the sole authority for scriptural insight. This is pure foolishness. The least of the Assembly is the most important, and if we do not share in teaching, instructing, and discerning then you can bet your bottom dollar that deception will likely run rampent.
The last piece of fine tuning I would like to discuss is the times in which we can maximize the chance of receiving a Word or a Blessing from our High Priest in the Heavenly Tabernacle. We all understand that the Tabernacle was made after the Pattern of the one Moses was shown in Heaven.
Exo 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
Exo 25:9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
The Torah instructs us how to build yes, but it also instructs us on the duties of the High Priest. If you wish to know what the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus is doing on a Daily bases, simply study the instructions to the High Priest. That is where you will find what Yeshua/Jesus is doing everyday.
There are certain times he is praying, certain times he is blessing, certain times he is offering oblations on our behalf. If we know the timing of these events, we can be where we need to be; in the manner we are told to be in so that we can receive. Instead of hoping and wishing we are heard, we can approach the High Priest with expectations and confidence that we are going to be blessed because of our obedience to be where and when we need to be in order to receive.
The Messiah gives us clues on these times, and there are things throughout the scriptures that let us know when these “windows” or “doors” of time are open so we can maximize our opportunity of blessings and revelation. Just as there are also instructions in things we need to repent of. A clue is given when Yeshua/Jesus says this.
Joh 11:9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
Joh 11:10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
We all know that a day in the modern world is 24 hrs, but in the scriptures, day and night are divided.
Gen 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Gen 1:4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
So, there are twelve hours in the day (Light) and twelve hours in the night (Dark). If we set this example, starting the twelve hours at sunrise, and ending it at sunset, we can see when the hours we are to eat and intake the Word/Bread/Manna and pray and receive revelation. The three times I find a pattern for in scripture are the 3rd, 6th, and 9th hours of the day. This is when prayer, revelation, and lamentation occurred. If the sun rises at 6 AM for example, that means it should set around 6 PM, making 12 hours of sun light. The 3rd Hour would be 9 AM, the 6th would be Noon, and 9th would be 3 PM. These are the times that we should stop for a few moments and intake the Word/Bread/Manna, Pray, or Meditate. Here are a few examples of prayer, lamentation, revelation, and Meditation on these hours.
Mar 15:25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him.
Mar 15:26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”
Here, he was announced “King of the Jews” on the 3rd Hour, and also the time he was hung on the tree.
Act 2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
Act 2:15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
Act 2:18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
Here the Spirit came down from Heaven at the 3rd Hour, and many received revelation and Prophesied.
Joh 4:6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Joh 4:7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
In the 6th hour, Yeshua revealed Himself at the well to a Samaritan, and he gave her personal revelation as well as hidden revelation concerning the Northern Kingdom of Israel. All the Patriarch met their brides at wells while drawing water, is it a small thing Yeshua spoke to His Bride at the same well?
Act 10:9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.
Act 10:10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance
Act 10:11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth.
Here, Peter goes on the roof to pray at the 6th Hour, and receives revelation about the Gentiles being clean in His vision of the unclean animals. I hope you are starting to see the patterns, after all, Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Here at the 9th hour, the Messiah is crying in lamentation to His Father, and it was at this Hour that His Spirit left Him and returned to the Father.
Act 3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
Act 3:2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.
Act 3:3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.
Act 3:4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”
Act 3:5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
Act 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Here Peter and John were going to the Temple to pray, and they healed a man at this 9th hour.
Act 10:1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort,
Act 10:2 a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.
Act 10:3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.”
Here, at the 9th hour, Cornelious prays and receives revelation from Heaven to bring Peter to Joppa, which led to the vision of Peter and the unclean animals. The patterns are many and these are but a few.
So, in conclusion to all this, we can see very clearly that time, as well as content is important to hearing the voice in Heaven and receiving Revelation. By gathering and studying the Word according to the instructions given to Moses concerning the Manna, we can maximize our intake of the Word/Bread/Manna. Getting it three times a day, the Daily Portion of Bread from Heaven.
The Torah gives insight to us in the timing of what our High Priest is doing in the Heavenly Tabernacle. Understanding this can increase our learning and relationship with Him because we can stand in His presence at the correct times in order to receive.
If all Members of the Body follow these instructions, we will see more knowledge, wisdom, and fruit throughout the Body and should be able to start feeding not just parts of the body, but all members. Making the body stronger, more alert, and in good health.
The Kingdom of YHVH requires sharing and bearing one another’s burdens. It requires we operate as a unit, one body made up of many members, all having their own roles and Gifts in order to accomplish the will of YHVH in the Earth. I pray that this teaching will be as big of a blessing to you as they have been to me personally. It has enhanced my revelation in the scriptures many times over. Remember, for those who have knowledge, it will get you nowhere if you do not apply that knowledge. Yeshua/Jesus makes this clear.
Mat 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
One of our next teachings will use these same concepts, but on a seasonal scale instead of a daily one. We will be discussing the “Water of Life”. After all, a man can not live without water. I pray this has been edifying, and I pray that you will take these Truths and actually teach them and apply them to your Assemblies. I have faith that you will see a massive jump in understanding and knowledge. As you know, blessings come with obedience and Faith. Shalom Torah fans, and may YHVH Bless you in everything you do for the sake of His Kingdom.
Deu 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Part 2: The Water of Life