As I learned to study the Bible I realized what is in the NT, is also in the OT. This is called, “foreshadowing.” Why, is this common place in the Bible?
God does not change His ways. I have been sharing the teachings of Jesus on the Eucharist and now I want to show how this came forward from the OT, in this place as there are others. (Will get to them when I do the writings on the Apostles.)
Beginning with Exodus 15:22
The Israelite’s were thirsty. They had come out of the Red Sea and were in a desert. They begin to complain and murmur against Moses/God. They went to the waters at Marah and could not drink it as it was bitter. So the Lord corrected this but Scripture also says:
“He made for them a statute and an ordinance and there he put them to the test./He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statues, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
Yet after seeing the miracles of being freed from slavery, coming through the Red Sea, the Israelite’s were still complaining saying:
“If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out to this wilderness to kill the whole assembly with hunger.”
The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day./In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.”
Of course Moses and Aaron told them all of this and then the Lord spoke to Moses and said:
“At twilight you shall eat meat and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”
This foreshadowed all the murmuring and complaining which the Israelite’s did at the teachings of Jesus on the Eucharist. Jesus was also giving to the Israelite’s “statutes and ordinances” to follow in His teachings. Testing them to see who would believe and follow His teachings as John said, “He knew beforehand who would believe.”
Still they “murmured and complained,” and though they had seen many miracles just as the OT Jews had, they walked away from Jesus. As the Exodus went on, thousands turned away from God.
God told these people, “When they ate the meat and bread, they would know He was their Lord and God.”
He did not say, “When you see it, handled it, or pass it around,” He said, “When they ate it.” More or less their “eyes would be open and they would recognize God.”
This is what happened on the “Road to Emmaus.”
This story in the OT, (and as I said, there is another) is almost identical to what happened in the NT. This story, is what was leading up to the Eucharistic, teachings.
Jesus said, “I am the true bread from heaven./God rained down bread from heaven.”
Never was it changed that one did not have to “consume,” this bread, in order for our “eyes to be opened to our Lord.”
I have given the teachings of Christ Himself. I have given my personal experience of it, and why I came to believe, which again was “faith.” I have shown how all of this started.
Now it is time, to see what happened with it all, in the NT, when the Apostles taught it, and what John saw in Revelations. (After that I am going to be doing the teachings of the early Church father’s on it, and an intense study on Peter, along with it. God Bless, SR