The Ten: Times God supplied nourishment

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There are many instances in the Bible where God supplied sustenance through food or drink to people. Can you think of any others not on this list?

  1. God gave Joseph insight to decode Pharaoh’s dreams, which allowed the Egyptians to build up their food storehouses before the seven years of famine hit (Genesis 41:15-40).
  2. Three days into the wilderness, the Israelites were disappointed when the water they came across was too bitter to drink. God showed Moses a log to toss into the water, which miraculously turned the water sweet (Exodus 15:22-25).
  3. When the newly-freed Israelites complained that they were starving in the wilderness and should have stayed in Egypt, God provided them with manna for 40 years (Exodus 16:11-35). When they asked for meat, He sent quail.
  4. After Elijah warns King Ahab about the impending drought, God instructs him to go hide by a brook where ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening (1 Kings 17:4-6).
  5. Elijah then goes to hide at the Widow at Zarephath’s house, where she gives up the last flour and oil she has to make Elijah something to eat. Her sacrifice is rewarded, with God providing enough flour and oil to last until the drought ended (1 Kings 17:8-16).
  6. When Queen Jezebel threatens Elijah, he flees again into the wilderness where an angel provides him with bread and water twice, giving him enough strength to travel 40 days to Mount Sinai (1 Kings 19:4-8).
  7. Upon receiving a donation of bread and grains, Elisha instructed it be given to the people, which was miraculously multiplied to feed 100 men, with some left over (2 Kings 4:42-44).
  8. After being taken into Babylonian captivity, God gave Daniel favour and compassion in the sight of the chief of eunuchs, who agreed to him eating a diet of vegetables and water rather than the King’s food and wine. He is so healthy after 10 days, the diet for all the young men is changed (Daniel 1:8-16).
  9. Jesus twice miraculously feeds the multitudes who had come to hear Him speak using only meagre resources: 5000 people fed using five loaves and two fish, and 4000 people with seven loaves and a few small fish (Matthew 14:13–21; Mark 6:31–44; Luke 9:12–17; John 6:1–14; Matthew 15:32–39; Mark 8:1–9).
  10. After the wine ran out at a wedding Jesus was attending, He turned six stone jars of water into wine (John 2:1-10).
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