The Bread From Heaven
Manna From Heaven
In the Hebrew language, unlike English and others, every character has its own personified meaning. And, powerful prophetic messages can be in names of people or names of places.
For example, “Bethlehem,” located about 10KM south of Jerusalem has a unique message as described below:
House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It was originally called Ephrath (Gen 35:16, 19; Gen 35:16 Ruth 4:11).
Through a more in-depth understanding of the treasures of the Scripture and how the visual language portrays Jewish feasts as the appointed times can reveal to us Adonai’s redemption plan. The Hebrews were people who animated the Word of God in daily activities. If Anthropology is the definition of the science that deals with the origin, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind; the Hebraic traditions and feasts are lessons of their relationship in history and the eventuality.
Therefore, the importance of Hebrew observance of feast days was a vital part of being Hebraic.
I once read an article defending the use of the traditional term, “Easter.” Instead of the Biblical Passover, the article was saying that there is no evidence that there was a goddess named “Eostre or Astoroth” ever existed. One would have to know how to find “Eostre’s or Astoroth’s” name in Scripture. Now, if one does not trust the Bible, that is a different argument.
Moses “Mosheh” (משה) was a Biblical prophet, lawgiver, and one of the most excellent leaders of the ancient Jewish people. Also, he was the son of Amram and Yocheved, brother of Miriam and Aaron. With Adonai’s’s guidance, Mosheh (Moses) led the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
What is interesting is that while Israel was in the wilderness, God gave them, Hebrew man-hu (manna), “What is that?” the name was given by the Israelites to describe the miracle of food supplied to them during their wanderings in the wilderness (Ex 16:15 -35). This man-hu is the English “Manna” as in Bread from Heaven.
A Ruler from Bethlehem
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah,
yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. (Matthew 2:6)
Prophecy placed The Bread of Life, The Bread from Heaven or the “Afikoman,” (the long-awaited Messiah) as bread broken into parts. Some might mistakenly say Messiah’s broken away from the God-head. Not so! The middle piece of Bread broken a second time has a half of it hidden somewhere in the house for the children to search for it. This search for the bread is symbolic of seeking the Messiah.
Bread of Life
The afikoman, a piece broken off from a matzo during a Seder, is put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the Seder to be searched for by the children present “her little grandchildren will search the house looking for the afikoman.” The child who finds the Afikoman or hidden piece of bread first is then rewarded with a gift.
This example of the bread as nourishment for the Israelites in the wilderness is a shadow of things to come when the Messiah will come down from Heaven and give us life. This Jewish Messiah will cause a spiritual awakening to those who search for Him. Those who find Him will find His reward. Our Messiah will provide a way back to right-standing with the Father. The Bible promises us that those who diligently seek Him are a rewarder of His Righteousness.
I would say that the hidden “Afikoman” was in the bread box. Allow me to explain the bread box or Bethlehem.
Bethlehem (/ ˈ b ɛ θ l i h ɛ m /; Arabic: بيت لحم Bayt Lahm [beːt.laħm], “House of Meat”;
Ancient Greek: Βηθλεέμ Greek pronunciation: [bɛːtʰle.ém];
Latin: Bethleem; initially named after Canaanite fertility god Lehem) is a Palestinian city.
Why did the Lord summon Israel for those special feast days?
As the children of Israel faithfully observed the special celebrations, they couldn’t ignore the fact that use of these unifying components or object lessons were abundant. Each festival told its own story of events past or future. The piece of Matzah (Bread) broken is the last element eaten at the meal. Yeshua (suffering Messiah) told His disciples in John 6:54-55
“The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink.” To some people, Jesus’ sayings might sound a bit cannibalic. In fact, those who were offended didn’t understand the beautiful story on display of their Seder Meal.
First of all, the mighty synonym for the word “broken, as in breaking bread” means “to reveal.”
For those who are a part of the Passover meal should see the images or the struggle and price paid for the redemption of humanity. The entire Passover feast points to the perfect Lamb of God Who atones our offenses against Adonai.
Synonyms for “atone”: make amends · make reparation · make restitution · make recompense · make redress · make up for · compensate · pay · pay the penalty · to pay the price · recompense · answer ·
The atoning Lamb gives us a new bloodline, a new body, and we become a new people.
The Jews angrily contended with one another, saying, “How is He able to give us His flesh for us to eat?”
Our Lord was only talking about catching a vision of the Sacrificial Lamb.
John 6:53 I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).
Bread From Heaven
Who We Worship
When we worship and make doxological statements to God, by telling Him who He Is; a Holy atmosphere conjoins Heaven and Earth.
It is similar to when Goliath’s four brothers trapped King David and were about to kill the king. King David started speaking doxological statements to his God. I would like to tell you what that did in the Heavenlies, but we don’t have time nor room to discuss it all today. The story is in 2 Samuel. In summary, David said:
The Lord is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge,
My Savior—You save me from violence.
“I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised …
Later in the chapter, we read:
“Then the earth shook and quaked,
The foundations of the heavens trembled
And were shaken, because He was angry.
“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
“He rode on a cherub and flew…
Okay, that’s enough! The story goes that when King David finished his Blessing the Lord, he had four dead giants lying on the ground.
Whenever a worshipper gives Glory to God, His Holy Presence shows up and signs and wonders are seen!
Even when David faced King Saul, who had murder in his heart toward him, David was able to change the atmosphere through his worship to God Almighty! When King’s Saul came into the area where the prophets were praying, instead of killing David, the power of God fell on Saul and the King started prophesying by the Spirit of God!
1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.
Ephesians 6: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Be careful of which kingdom you celebrate this season. Remember, that the dominion acknowledged most, will eventually remove the Kingdom which receives the lesser recognition.
If the queen of Heaven is praised more and promoted better than the Kingdom of Adonai, we might start worshipping the Easter eggs and rabbit more than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We must be mindful that the atmosphere changes and will become saturated with the inclination of who receives the devotion.
“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.
Praise and Worship to our God annihilate the demonic kingdom and Satan knows this quite well. Demon spirits need the people of God to rebel with pagan rituals in order to develop a malevolent spiritual military against God. But, when God is the focus of worship, pagan deities tremble and flee because they cannot survive in an atmosphere where the Lord is exalted.
The spirit who competes
H6252. עַשְׁתָּרוֹת ‘aštārôṯ: A feminine proper noun Astoroth; a Canaanite false goddess. This was a pagan Canaanite goddess of love, war, and fertility, also called Astarte. Israel often apostatized from the Lord and worshiped her (Judg. 2:13; 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3, 4; 12:10). See H6253.
A feminine proper noun Astaroth; a city in Manasseh, the same as ‘ašteroṯ qarnayim (H6255). It was the capital city of Og, king of Bashan, and was given to the tribe of Manasseh (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 9:10; 12:4; 13:12, 31; 1 Chr. 6:71),