Part 3 of Kings & Kingdoms
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Today we move from the introduction of the kingdoms to living in the kingdoms. This week will address a question, a scripture, and thoughts contrasting both kingdoms in day to day living.
Kingdom of this world:
“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…
the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? Your murmuring are not against us, but against the LORD…
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying,
- At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread:
- and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God…
And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them,
- This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat…
- And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
- Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses: but some of them left of it unto the morning, and it bred worms, and stank:
- and Moses was wroth with them.” Exodus 16:2-3,8, 11-12, 15, 19-20.
Murmuring, believing God has withheld good from them, disdaining the good God has already done for them, and disobedience to the One who has provided for them, I’ll leave it to your own imaginations how this fits into the world today. All too often, it may even be found among God’s kingdom. And did you notice, God still blessed them?
“according to the word of the LORD”
Kingdom of God:
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
- Arise, get thee to Zarepath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:
- behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
And as she was going to fetch he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
- And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
And Elijah said unto her,
- Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
- For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
And the barrel of meal wasted not,
neither did the cruse of oil fail,
according to the word of the LORD,
which he spake by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:9-16.
The Lord speaks to his servants. The servants obey His word. The Lord provides for His servants. He knows our need before we ask and does not withhold any good thing from us. His servants trust Him and need not fear for they know Him to be who He is according to His word.
- In these days what keeps you trusting the Lord’s provision rather than complaining?
- What good things has God done for you in the past that instills trust He will do good for you today?