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The Daily Portion

It’s been said that we are what we eat, meaning if we eat unhealthy foods we will in all probability become an unhealthy person. If, on the other hand, we eat that which is good and healthy for our bodies we will be a much healthier person. It’s a matter of discipline and consistency. The same can be said regarding what we feed our spirits. The health of our spiritual lives is determined upon that which we take into our spirit. Are we regularly feeding on the Bread of Life, or that which makes our hearts and minds fat and sluggish?

2 Kings 25:27-30In whose presence do we receive our daily meals, the Lord or the world? King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem while his servants were besieging it. Jehoiachin, king of Judah went out to him and was taken captive and led into exile into Babylon. In the thirty-seventh year of his exile, the newly crowned king of Babylon, Evil-merodach, the son of Nebuchadnezzar released Jehoiachan from prison. He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor above the other kings who were with him in Babylon.

27 Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach [ev-eel' mer-o-dak'] king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison;

28 and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

29 Jehoiachin [“Jehovah will establish”] changed his prison clothes and had his meals [“bread, food, grain”] in the king's presence regularly [8548- “continually”] all the days of his life;

30 and for his allowance [737], a regular [8548] allowance [737] was given him by the king, a portion [1697] for each day, all the days of his life.

NASU

2 Kings 25:29-30

29 So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life.

30 And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.

NKJV

OT:8548 tamiyd (taw-meed')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from an unused root meaning to stretch; properly, continuance (as indefinite extension); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant (or adverbially, constantly); ellipt. the regular (daily) sacrifice [see Daniel 8:11 below]:

KJV - alway (-s), continual (employment, -ly), daily, ([n-]) ever (-more), perpetual.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

continuity, perpetuity, to stretch

a) continually, continuously (as an adverb)

b) continuity (a substantive)


OT:737 'aruchah (ar-oo-khaw')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

feminine passive participle of OT:732 (in the sense of appointing); a ration of food:

KJV - allowance, diet, dinner, victuals.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

a meal, an allowance, a ration

a) food

b) diet


OT:1697 dabar (daw-baw')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from OT:1696; a word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause:

KJV - act, advice, affair, answer, any such (thing), because of, book, business, care, case, cause, certain rate, chronicles, commandment, commune (-ication), concern [-ing], confer, counsel, dearth, decree, deed, disease, due, duty, effect, eloquent, errand, [evil favouredness-], glory, harm, hurt, iniquity, judgment, language, lying, manner, matter, message, [no] thing, oracle, ought, parts, pertaining, please, portion, power, promise, provision, purpose, question, rate, reason, report, request, (as hast) said, sake, saying, sentence, sign, so, some [uncleanness], somewhat to say, song, speech, spoken, talk, task, that, there done, thing (concerning), thought, thus, tidings, what [-soever], wherewith, which, word, work.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

speech, a word, speaking, a thing

a) speech

b) a saying, an utterance

c) a word, words

d) business, occupation, acts, matter, case, something, manner (by extension)


dabar [OT:1697] – “word, matter; something.” This noun occurs 1,440 times.

As a biblical phrase “the word of the Lord” is quite important; it occurs about 242 times. Against the background just presented it is important to note that “word” here may focus on the content (meaning) of what was said, but it also carries overtones of the actual “words” themselves. It was the “word of the Lord” that came to Abram in a vision after his victory over the kings who had captured Lot (Gen. 15:1). In most cases this is a technical phrase referring expressly to prophetic revelation (about 225 times). It has been suggested that this phrase has judicial overtones although there are only 7 passages where this is certain (cf. Numbers 15:31). This noun is used twice of God's “affairs” in the sense of the care of the temple (1 Chron. 26:32).

The “word” of God indicates God's thoughts and will. This should be contrasted with His name, which indicates His person and presence. Therefore, God's “word” is called “holy” only once (cf. Ps. 105:42), while His name is frequently called “holy.”

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Man does not live by bread alone…


Deuteronomy 8:3Moses warning the Israelites before entering the Promised Land to remember the ways through which God led them in their wilderness journey of forty years.

3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

NASU

Matthew 4:1-4 The temptation of Jesus.

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.

3 And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"

NASU

2 Samuel 9:6-7

6 Mephibosheth [“dispeller of shame (i.e. of baal)”, or “exterminating the idol”], the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he said, "Here is your servant!"

7 David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly [8548]."

NASU

Removing The Daily Sacrifice, The Regular Allowance/Ration


(See the Bible study The Morning And Evening Sacrifice.)


Daniel 8:9-14

9 Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.

10 It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.

11 It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice [8548] from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down.

12 And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice [8548]; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper.

13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, "How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice [8548] apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled?"

14 He said to me, "For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored [“to be just, to be righteous, be in the right, be justified; a legal term which involves the whole process of justice”]."

NASU

14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated."

NIV

14 And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."

NKJV



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