“ Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) Jesus spoke these words when the tempter came to Him saying, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Jesus was quoting Moses as he directed the Israelites in how they needed to be observant of the commandments and obedient to the Lord. Moses reminded the people how God had protected them for forty years, humbling and testing them, clarifying what was truly in their hearts. God humbled the Israelites making them eat manna, which nobody knew anything about. Scripture tells us this was so they would know they couldn’t live by bread alone, but that man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. In Deuteronomy 8:1-3 the word “proceeds” is not past tense, but rather “present” tense, and is used as a present participle. This means it expresses continuous or repeated action. In itself, proceeds does not indicate the time of the action, but when we relate it directly to the verb, “live”, the word “proceeds” needs to signify its’ relationship, and be consistent. Therefore, God tells us that we must live by His present and continuous Word coming forth from His mouth.
In context this Word which proceeds is not limited to the written Word. In the original language the definition for “word” is “rhema”, which means “that which is or has been uttered by the living voice”, or “any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning”. If you combine spoken word with the present tense of proceeds, it means the continued spoken word of God coming from His mouth. The point to be made is that this is how we are to live in reality every day of our lives. We are to live by every “rhema” word coming from the mouth of God. This requires us to be in relationship with the living God, to hear His voice, to follow, to be obedient, and to do what Jesus has commanded His disciples to do in this world. Go and make other disciples, baptize them, and teach them to observe all Jesus commanded us to observe.
The Word of God by which we live and move and have our being is incredible. The Bible is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible is inspired, the writers of the Bible writing by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible is supernatural in every way. It is not just another book. It is alive, bringing fresh revelation every time it is picked up, read and meditated upon. It is powerful when combined with faith and action.
We have the written Word of God and we have the Holy Spirit teaching and encouraging us each day of our lives. John 14:16 reveals to us the role of the Spirit of God in our lives. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth…..” Verse 26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
We need every Word which proceeds from the mouth of God, and we have a Helper to make sure we remember what has proceeded and what is proceeding from His mouth. Jesus is the Bread of Life – He feeds us everything we need! In John 6:35 Jesus says to us “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
Let’s pull ourselves up to the table and feast on the bread of life and from every Word which proceeds from His mouth.