Wednesday, June 22, 2016
What Is My Daily Bread
In review of Deuteronomy 8:3b it says, “People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”
People do not live by bread alone, they really need the Word of God.
What this means to me:
I need more than just food to live. Real life for me comes from obeying every command God has given me. They are there for my good and not my harm.
Today's passage comes from the beginning of Deuteronomy chapter 8, in which Moses is telling the people to remember what God has lead them through and done for them. Given this, they are to obey what he has commanded them so that things will go well with them.
So when Jesus tells me to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” he’s talking about far more than just bread. The Bible tells us that bread represents four things.
1). Bread represents the necessities of life. This is the economy of God. God says, “I supply it. You gather it.” When I pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” it doesn’t mean you sit on the couch and wait for God to throw me money. I’ve got to work! Even the Israelites had to go out and pick up the manna. Work is a part of God’s purpose for life. It builds character. Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table” (MSG).
2). Bread represents God’s Word. The Bible is spiritual food. Bread is a symbol for Scripture. The Bible says, “People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3b NLT). When the children of Israel were walking to the Promised Land, God dropped manna from Heaven for the people to pick up because they had nothing to eat. God gave them this bread to teach them that people need more than bread for their life. Real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. I don’t just need physical nourishment; I also require spiritual nourishment.
3). Bread represents God’s family and fellowship. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:16, “Is the bread which we break not a sharing in the body of Christ?” (AMP) Bread is a metaphor for the family of God. I need God’s people in your life! Whether or not you have a physical family, God wants me to be part of his family that will last forever — the Church. It is to be a place of fellowship.
4). Bread represents salvation. Jesus chose bread to represent his sacrifice in communion. Every time I eat the bread and drink the wine or juice, it is a reminder of how much God loves me and the sacrifice he made so that I can go to Heaven.
Whatever my need is; physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual, God will take care of it if I depend on him. When I pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” I am to trust God to provide for me in every way.
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