The Journey Is Too Great For Thee
1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 3 And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there. In the wilderness, being weary of his life, he is comforted by an angel 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise [and] eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, [there was] a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise [and] eat; because the journey [is] too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
I believe that the Christian journey, from regeneration to the end of our earthly lives, is too great for the beloved saints of God. I believe that not just when we sense it, but every step, every moment, every aspect of our Christian journey is too great for us. We are without hope, without strength, and without any semblance of faithfulness and perseverance in and of ourselves. The Christian journey is long, arduous, and full of perils; we cannot walk it out, we cannot even rise up to begin the journey. I’m not talking about the elect before they are quickened and converted. I am talking about even the so-called “best of the best” of the regenerate children of God, even those whom men perceive to be the most able; they are all less than Mephibosheths — utterly lame on both feet and unable to walk. The journey is too great for us.
Because we are so weak and impotent; so without strength; we must receive our ability wholly from Another. Every positive inclination and every godly thought, word, and action associated with the too-great journey must be ordained from eternity, and worked out in us by God Himself. We are essentially carried all the way. We walk, but it is not us… but Christ in us causing us to walk. We follow the path, but not us… it is Christ leading us, guarding the rear, and bearing us about wherever He would have us to go. We avoid obstacles, clear obstructions, and victoriously battle dangers along the way, but it is not us… but Christ in us clearing our path, making it straight, and thwarting our enemies.
1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
Christ, through the Spirit of God, causes us to prosper as we go along on this spiritual pilgrimage. He does it all, and as He does it, we do it for we are truly one with Him. Sadly, as we do it through Him and with Him, we began to think on some level that we, ourselves, are doing it (that we are active, or the initiators, in this somehow). Not fully outright, we will always give the glory to God; we will always maintain that we are passive because God is our strength in all things. But this flesh is ever present; we begin to look at our actions, both what we “need” to do and what we are doing, and slowly, gradually, often imperceptibly, our eyes become less focused on Christ and more on ourselves. We begin to get high and lifted up and to look upon our victories and accomplishments as if we had just performed some great work, as if we had just slain 450 false prophets of Baal.
1 Kings 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
We have these great victories, these great experiences of the awesomeness and omnipotence of God, great joy in His felt spiritual presence and in His salvation… and then what happens? We get a word from spiritual Jezebel or one of her ministers and we are cut down in spirit.
Jezebel… scholars have a hard time identifying what her name really means. Some believe it means Baal is exalted and this would seem to fit. When Baal is exalted, when Baal has the preeminence, then the flesh has ascended and we walk according to it for a season. Our doubts and fears, spiritual coldness, lusts and temptations, error, and sin in general seem to have the upper hand against us. Some say that Jezebel literally means not residing or not dwelling. Doesn’t this make sense as well? When the flesh waxes paramount experimentally, our experience suggests that we are not residing and dwelling in Christ. Of course we are objectively, the elect are always in Christ and Christ is always in the elect. However, prone to wander Lord I feel it, we must admit that we leave the One we love (due both to our own sin and His ordaining hand) and we cease to have that felt sense of spiritual fellowship with our Lord. We wander after our own lusts, thoughts, and carnal interests. Some say Jezebel means unchaste which leads us back to our temporal chasing after Baal and leaving our Husband and Bridegroom for a season (although, as stated, never utterly). Finally, some give a directly opposite meaning and argue that Jezebel actually means intact or chaste. This one is a bit harder to apply, but I cannot help but think that it may refer to our erroneously perceived self-sufficiency. As I stated above, in the flesh we can often grow haughty after God accomplishes something noticeable or powerful through us (such as a word of comfort to others, a sermon, an article, a refutation of error, etc.), and we begin to think that we are somehow whole, complete, intact, chaste in and of ourselves (i.e. good in our own sight). We fail to keep in the forefront of our minds the precept that the Lord Jesus does it all — He deserves 100% of the glory. We, thinking we are chaste, become unchaste and Baal (the fleshly lord or husband) rises for a season.
This message from Jezebel can also represent the sin in others. We may become exceedingly disheartened by false brethren who depart from us (those who we once thought were true brothers and sisters in Christ but evidenced themselves to be otherwise). It can also represent the loss of fellowship between real brethren, loss that occurs over needless rhetoric regarding doctrinal disputes that due not rise to the level of damnable heresy. It can also be due to the general, fleshly, falling outs that we have due to our own sins (albeit God ordained); the case of Paul and Barnabus is a clear example.
1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.
What does the Christian do when the weight of sin becomes a keenly felt burden and they are exceedingly troubled by it? Well hopefully, optimally, they run to Christ and leave the burden at His feet. Sadly, this is often not how it plays out. Instead, a fiery trial lies ahead. We arise in our own strength and run for our life straight into Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah. How powerful is that? We run to Beersheba, what some translate as “the well of an oath” or “well of the sevened oath.” Beersheba is B’er Sheba` in the Hebrew [H884; בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע be-ayr’ sheh’-bah] and it is made up of two words: ᵉ’er [H875; באר be-ayr’] which means a well, pit, and to a lesser degree, a spring (ᵉ’er originating from ba’ar [H874; באר baw-ar’] which means to make plain or distinct, to make clear) — and sheba‘ [ H7651 שׁבע sheh’- bah or (masc.) שׁבעה shib‘ah shib-aw’] which means seven, seventh, sevenfold (and spiritually, to be refined, sevened, perfected or refined in the thing that is in view). Sheba‘ originates from shaba’ [H7650 שׁבע shaw-bah’] which means to swear, adjure, or charge.
The picture becomes clearer when we put the pieces together. When we experience the fiery trials of sin within and without (doubts, fears, coldness, persecution, temptation, etc.) we are being refined, sevened, sharpened, even matured in our Christian experience. We are growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. Christ Jesus is manifesting Himself in our lives throughout every struggle. When we fall, He manifests to lift us up. When we grow cold, He rises as the Sun of Righteousness in our hearts to warm it through. When we are spiritually parched, He gives us an abundance of His living water. When we are famished, He gives us of Himself the Bread of Life. When we are sin-sick, He is the Balm of Gilead. He brings us to spiritual Beersheba wherein we can be sevened, matured. The dark pit that we sometimes, for some even ofttimes, find ourselves in becomes a well and a spring of cold water when the Lord Jesus is made clear, made plain to us through the eye of faith. Remember, that word pit or well comes from the word meaning to make plain or clear. When we are cast down in the pit, it becomes clear and plain to us that none but Christ can lift us up out of it. He will save us (ultimately and experimentally), He will deliver us from the hole. He will give us pure water to refresh us. It is then, when we are most down, that He is made most precious to our heart. It is then that He reminds us of His oath to us and causes us to swear by him as our All-Sufficient God and Saviour.
Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth [shabah’ – H7650] by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Isaiah 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn [shabah’ – H7650], saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand: 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. 26 This [is] the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this [is] the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Our Lord removes our burden from off of our shoulders (typified by the Assyrian); He removes it and treads it under foot, breaking the yoke that binds us. It is true that this is also talking about salvation and deliverance at the cross. In fact that is the first and foremost view. However, this passage also speaks of our temporal deliverances as we live out our lives in this world. Our Lord saves and deliverers us all along the way; nothing is to our peril — all is to our spiritual good.
Note that this Beersheba belongeth to Judah; this well or pit of sevening (refining, maturing) belongeth to praise; it causes us to praise the Lord all the more throughout each and every deliverance. Come final glory, not only will we eternally praise our blessed Saviour — but we will be praised. Yes, though God does all the work, though without Christ we can do nothing, though it is God who worketh in us to will and to do of His good pleasure, our Lord will nonetheless declare to our bewilderment, and out of the bowels of his infinite mercy “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” He does it all but unto His praise and honour He shares with us the glory due Him alone. What unspeakable love!
Yet in all this, we must remember that the process is often such wherein we must be brought low so that we may be raised high in Christ Jesus. We must remember that when this happens, when we are brought down into the pit, we often experience this struggle alone. We fly to Beersheba in Judah, but we leave our servant [H5288; נער na‘ar; nah’- ar; a boy, lad, servant, youth, retainer] as we go deeper into the wilderness. Samson had one to help him in his hour of need (as he began to call on the Lord):
Judges 16:26 And Samson said unto the lad [H5288-na‘ar] that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines [were] there; and [there were] upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.16 30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with [all his] might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that [were] therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than [they] which he slew in his life.
Samson had his lad, but we often do not. We enter into this trying wilderness, this refining wilderness in Beersheba, without a lad, without a servant or aid to minister to us. But what is this lad? The root word often points us to the spiritual meaning. It is interesting that lad or servant [H5288 – na‘ar] comes from na‘ar [H5287; נער naw-ar’] which means to shake, shake out or off. When the lad is left behind, so is our ability to overthrow the enemy and shake off the wicked (or wickedness) from us. Consider:
Exodus 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew [H5287 – na‘ar] the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
Judges 16:20 And she said, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake [H5287 – na‘ar] myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.
Nehemiah 5:13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out [H5287 – na‘ar] every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out [H5287 – na‘ar], and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.
Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; [and] caused the dayspring to know his place; 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out [H5287 – na‘ar] of it?
1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I [am] not better than my fathers.
Returning to our historic parable, this true event that typifies our Christian experience, we see that our flesh gains the preeminence and we despair of life, thinking that all is dark and gloom. We begin to think that our (God-ordained) usefulness amongst the brethren has come to an end — sometimes doubting whether we were ever truly used of God for the comfort and edification of His people; “maybe it was all just a delusion” we say. We see no light at the end of the tunnel and we sit in a darkness that can sometimes be felt. We ask, “is my religion real?” Is this how it will all end up? Have I been deceived by my wicked heart into thinking that I have been striving to be of some benefit to the brethren while all the time I was just running about as a hypocrite? Even if we do not go so far in such doubt, we may nonetheless question our place in things. What is my role amongst the brethren? Am I more of a hindrance than a help? Will we ever have that peace in fellowship that I hear so much about? Will all of these battles continue on, sometimes seeming to wax stronger, or will there be peace and quiet in the midst of the saints. The journey is too great for me.
1 Kings 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree…
If the journey is to great, it is not because of any weakness or failing on the part of our blessed Saviour. It is because we have no strength, having forgotten (as God has ordained that we should) where our strength, hope, and ability lie. We find ourselves deep in the wilderness, weary, and requesting that God will take us from these troubles. ‘Slay me Lord, my troubles are more than I can bear.’ ‘Slay me because I know what I am by nature, for I am nothing, I am no better than my fathers before me or even the false prophets that have been slain by thy sword.’ We feel this way, dejected, forgetting that between great mountains there are great valleys, and beyond great valleys, there are great mountains. We lie and sleep, sleeping the sleep of experimentally felt apathy, lethargy, and languishment.
In such a state, we do not just sit down and sleep anywhere; we sit and sleep under a juniper tree. Why a juniper and not an oak tree, or a fig tree, or an olive tree? For the Christian, Juniper’s can represent dejection due to sin, persecution, and more specifically, due to an eye taken off of Christ. Fleeing into the wilderness and sitting under the Juniper tree represents spiritual famine and desolation; a felt sense of vileness; a lack of faith and hope; and a confounding sense that the wicked prosper as the godly languish. Godly men of old referred to this state as desertion; this is when the joy of His salvation has been taken from us along with the source of that joy, a felt sense of communion with Him and the peace in our spirit that follows therefrom. Consider:
Job 30:1 But now [they that are] younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock. 2 Yea, whereto [might] the strength of their hands [profit] me, in whom old age was perished? 3 For want and famine [they were] solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste. 4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots [for] their meat. 5 They were driven forth from among [men], (they cried after them as [after] a thief;) 6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, [in] caves of the earth, and [in] the rocks.4 7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together. 8 [They were] children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. 9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. 10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face. 11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me. 12 Upon [my] right [hand] rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction. 13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper. 14 They came [upon me] as a wide breaking in [of waters]: in the desolation they rolled themselves [upon me].
Psalm 120:11 A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. 2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, [and] from a deceitful tongue. 3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? 4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. 5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, [that] I dwell in the tents of Kedar! 6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. 7 I [am for] peace: but when I speak, they [are] for war.
Micah 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she [is] the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. [Note, bind here is the sole use of the Hebrew root word from whence the Hebrew word for Juniper derives; it also points to sin and transgression].
1 Kings 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise [and] eat. 6 And he looked, and, behold, [there was] a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
While in such a pitiful state, when we have no energy left to bear up under the weight (having no energy at all of ourselves, just the inertia of the flesh putting up a hopeless fight), an angel touches us. Who is this angel, this messenger? In the first sense, it may be a faithful friend, or minister, or a godly article or sermon from a Christian brother of old. It is some statement of Gospel truth brought home to the soul that enables us to arise and eat. This faithful messenger gives us spiritual food upon which we can nourish ourselves a bit. We rise up enough to eat, feeling better in our souls by the comforting words of our Christian friend.
We are given a cake baken on the coals. What is this cake baken on the coals? It is the Bread of Life; it is the message of Christ Jesus, His gospel. The same word cake [H5692; עגה ‘uggah; oog-gaw’] was used to refer to the Manna that we know typified the Lord Jesus (Numbers 11:8). It was also used for the unleavened cakes eaten during the Exodus (Exodus 12:39) which typified Christ and our partaking of Him and His Gospel. Likewise, it was used for the cakes eaten by Elijah, the widow woman of Zarephath, and her son (1 Kings 17:13) which did not fail until the drought was over.
The coals upon which the bread was baked refers to the judgment that Christ experienced on our behalf as He endured the wrath of God in our stead. The phrase at issue baken on the coals only appears in this passage. However, the root word from whence it derives [H7565; רשׁף resheph; reh’- shef] is the Hebrew word for coals, flame, firebolt, sparks and is closely identified with sin, trouble from sin, and especially judgment upon sin. Consider the following:
Deuteronomy 32:24 [They shall be] burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat [H7565 – resheph], and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks [H7565 – resheph] fly upward.
Psalm 78:48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts [H7565 – resheph].
Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love [is] strong as death; jealousy [is] cruel as the grave: the coals thereof [are] coals [H7565 – resheph] of fire, [which hath a] most vehement flame.
Habakkuk 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals [H7565 – resheph] went forth at his feet.
When we eat of the Bread of Christ, we are partaking of Him and His finished work on the cross. We are partaking in His Being, His accomplishment, and in all of the blessings that pour forth from it. We partook of His suffering, His death, in that we were crucified and baptised with Him vicariously. When He was raised, we were raised with Him because our life was hid in Him and He is our life. We are partaking of all the fulness of Christ which includes both the Godhead and the kingdom of His elect saints. We are complete in Him, perfected by Him, and sustained to the utmost by our union with Him. When we partake of Him in our Christian walk, day by day, we seen these things all the more clearly and distinctly.
The water is the living water, the Gospel, the cup of cold spiritual water. The word cruse comes from a word meaning expanse — and what a vast expanse, what an unlimited amount and flow of living water our Lord provides for us. There is no shortage, no drought, no rationing of this water — the expanse of it, the abundance, is beyond what we can ever imagine.
However (as with the historic parable of 1 Kings 19), on this first occasion that we look upon and behold the cake and water, we eat and drink thereof, but it isn’t enough to sustain us. We soon find that the joy and benefits thereof are gone, and being weary, we lay back down — in the same state that we were in: dejected, tempted, fallen, fearful, lame — and fall back into our spiritual slumber.
1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise [and] eat; because the journey [is] too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
However, there is a Light, there is a silver lining for the Angel comes unto us a second time. Second implies two, and two points us to the church, the assembly of God, the blessed fellowship of quickened saints (we go out two by two, there are two witnesses, etc.). It is there, in the midst of such fellowship, that we are often most nourished. However, this second time is described differently. It states “again the second time,” but this time it specifically states that it is the Angel of the Lord, the Messenger of Jehovah that comes. This is a more fuller revelation of the Angel, as it leaves us with a clearer understanding as to the fact that it is the Arch Angel, the Chief Messenger, even the Messenger of the Covenant, our Sun of righteousness who comes with healing in his wings. Christ our God and Saviour comes and touches us through the Holy Spirit. The means may be through the same Christian friend or minister as at the first visit. It may be through the same godly sermon or article. Nevertheless, this time it comes with power enough for forty days and forty nights. The Angel of The Lord, Jehovah the Anointed Saviour, touches (naga’) us. He touches the heart, strikes through the hardness thereof, reaches into the core of it, and extends unto us, therein, the riches of His person and glory (all these words pointing to the inherent meaning of the Hebrew word naga’). He touches us and tells us… no He commands us, to Arise [and] eat. It is as if He states to us ‘Stand up, arise and stand firm in the felt sense of My might and power.’ ‘Be bold in Me, have confidence, stand erect like a man fearing nothing.’ ‘Don’t you know that I died for you? Don’t you know that you are perfect and complete in me? Don’t you know that all you need is in me and through me?’ ‘Don’t you know that I Am in you and you in Me?’ ‘Wherever you go, I AM.’ ‘Wherever you’ve been, I’ve brought you there and seen you through!’ ‘What mountain can I not cast down or what valley can I not raise up?’ All this time I have been with thee and you with Me, lacked ye any thing? — to which we must rightly answer, “Nothing, Lord.”.
Our Lord does not just command us to arise but gives us strength to do so! How does He give us strength to arise? By arising HIMSELF in us and making Himself manifestly known and felt, with power — this is what true grace is; it is the effectual working of Christ through the Holy Spirit. He communicates His presence, which is grace in the heart, so that we cannot help but to arise as He arises and we cannot help but stand as He stands. This is precious unity and this is where all of our hope and power lies. We cannot arise until He arises in us and we must wait on Him to do so. Look unto the Lord, look earnestly; just as the sun rises over the horizon in the morning — He will arise as our spiritual Sun, experimentally, in the day of His power. And what is that day? only Judgment day? No, it is every day, multiple times each day, it is every time He shines even the slightest glimmer of His light into our hearts to keep us from complete despair and departure from Him. But we look most longingly for a rising on those cloudless days wherein the full magnificence of His brilliance shines through unobstructed. We want a Christ Jesus known and felt unto the removing of all dark clouds, all fears, all negative inward gazings, and all other obstacles that keep us from looking upon Him and resting in Him completely.
He commands not only to arise, but to eat! This time to eat unto full nourishment. This time we eat and go in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights. Why forty days and forty nights? Because it is the time of testing — a time of great trial and tribulation. Rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights during the Flood of Noah. Moses was upon the mount with the Lord for forty days and forty nights (and the people doubted his return). The Israelite spies searched out the land of Canaan for forty days and many of them came back disheartened (thus disheartening the nation). Goliath presented himself forty days unto the great fear and chagrin of the Israelites. The Lord Jesus was in the wilderness fasting forty days and tempted of the devil.
We see that when Jesus manifests Himself with power, with grace sufficient to stand before any trial, we can eat of Him and drink of Him and be nourished for the full extent of that trial (that spiritual forty days). In such strength, we can run unto Horeb, the desert, the waste land. In such strength we will find a mountain, a looming up of God. We will find richness even in the desert because the Lord has made it so. In the wasteland of our journey we will experimentally find the mountain, the kingdom of God, and all that it entails. Yet we will only find it as we are nourished in Him — He is the Vine and we are the branches, His nourishing is continual but some days seem more like feasts than others. Nonetheless, once we are experimentally reminded yet again that it is He who feeds and sustains us in every situation (great or small, temporal or eternal, material or spiritual) we will run the race with vigour and we will endure any trial that comes our way.
For the regenerate saint, the long trial, the forty days and forty nights in its fullest sense, is our entire Christian walk while yoked to this body of death. This journey is indeed too great a journey for us. However, forty days and forty nights on one meal is more than enough when it is Christ that we are partaking of, when it is His living water that quenches our thirst so fully that not even a desert wasteland can spiritually dehydrate us. What is too great for us is not too great for our Lord and Saviour. In Him, all things are possible. He started our journey, maintains it, and sees us through to the end. When Christ is our Victor — we cannot fail!
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Glory to God in the Highest — Through Jesus Christ Our Lord — For He is Worthy.