The Fourth Sunday in Lent March 30 :: He Rained Down

He split rocks in the wilderness
    and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
He made streams come out of the rock
    and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Yet they sinned still more against him,
    rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
They tested God in their heart
    by demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying,
    “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
He struck the rock so that water gushed out
    and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
    or provide meat for his people?”

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath;
    a fire was kindled against Jacob;
    his anger rose against Israel,
because they did not believe in God
    and did not trust his saving power.
Yet he commanded the skies above
    and opened the doors of heaven,
and he rained down on them manna to eat
    and gave them the grain of heaven.
Man ate of the bread of the angels;
    he sent them food in abundance.

Psalm 78:15-25

sound  ::  Wondrous Love, Anonymous 4 (2003)

image  ::  The Basket of Bread (Rather Death than Shame), Salvador Dali  (1945, Spain)The Basket of Bread (Rather Death than Shame), Salvador Dali  (1945)

Gracious Father,
whose blessed Son Jesus Christ
came down from heaven to be the true bread
which gives life to the world:
Evermore give me this bread,
that He may live in me, and I in Him;
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer

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