16.08.19, BREAD, A DIETARY STAPLE
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4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.
3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven.
33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.
41 “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
48 Yes, I am the bread of life!
50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”
58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die. . .
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’
Bread is referred to throughout Scripture. It was a dietary staple, no doubt, much different from our bread today. It was certainly not a refined, processed product, but rather would have been loaded with natural grains of various types that grew locally, very nourishing for the body.
So when Jesus/Yeshua made the analogy from the bread at the dining table, to the living bread from heaven, it was intended to communicate His Deity, for while it meant that He is our source, it also reflected His Divinity.
Having just finished a STUDY TOPIC on “hydration/dehydration,” which focused on and identified Jesus/Yeshua as the supply of LIVING WATER/RIVER OF GOD which depicts the need to fill up, bask in and be cleansed by those LIVING WATERS, we now will look at the BREAD OF LIFE/LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven.
So what is the difference between LIVING WATER & LIVING BREAD? Why even bother with the bread component? Isn’t water sufficient, if it is our source?
Perhaps they represent different dimensions of the necessary food supply, just as a cow supplies milk as well as meat, both of which are required to the full nourishment of the body. As the River of God cleanses, heals, refreshes, and the calm, still, Living Waters soothe & restore our soul, the Bread of Life provides solid food. This is food which requires us to chew, digest, make meaning of – it goes beyond refreshing. It is more substantive, provides nourishment, sustains the soul, grows our faith.
In testing the Israelites, Moses explained: “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger,” (Deut.8:3), and in the same way He often uses those desert experiences/dry seasons/wilderness, to test His people – yes, today, just as much as then – so that they will hunger and thirst and cry out to Him, and depend on Him, “that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut.8:3). And often when we are in such a state of desperation, He will provide just what is needed to get by, just as He did with the Israelites to test us yet again, to see if we will trust, obey, & rely on HIM: “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not” (Ex.16:4).
Another dimension of the Living Bread is the fact that since it represents God’s Word there is power in it. This is clearly demonstrated by the timely use of this statement – “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matt.4:4) – made by Jesus/Yeshua when Satan was tempting Him in the wilderness/desert fast. By the power of this LIVING BREAD, He rebuked the Enemy and had victory.
“The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). When Jesus/Yeshua said that He was “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, this is what He was referring to. The only path to real life, to eternal life is through this heavenly bread, “the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die. . .” (John 6:58).
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