Even when the Israelites first entered the Promised Land, God had in mind something bigger. The Israelites were not to be wise and discerning just for their own benefit. The benefits of wise and discerning living were to testify of God's teachings to their neighbours, "who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!'" (Deuteronomy 4:6b).[Tom Yoder Neufeld] compared the Israelites' time of promise and peril with Jesus' similar time in the wilderness. Cramping and weak, Jesus turns down the temptation of food by saying, "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.""Yes, we do live by bread, but we do not live by bread alone," said Yoder Neufeld. "We are, as church, being tested today not only on what we do with our bread, but on whether we will offer the word coming from the mouth of God to those whose deepest hunger will not be stilled by more bread."
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