News for Bread Haters and Bread Lovers
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Bread is delicious. There isn’t anything about bread that isn’t wonderful. It smells good when it’s cooking, it compliments ANY meal and it can sustain life (with a glass of water) all by itself. It used to be universally recognized as the symbol of life - bread and water being the two things our bodies need in order not to die. What are medieval prisoners in dungeons always given? We know from personal experience that bread is filling, satisfying, and delicious no matter what the “experts” say.
Immediately my mind goes to 1 Corinthians 3:19: For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God because currently the great thinkers of first world countries teach that bread is bad for us. Furthermore, still other “great thinkers” have changed our seeds and others have changed some farming practices to include chemicals during harvesting rendering some mass produced foods harmful including bread. So, how do we get good bread? Even if I grind my own wheat to make my own bread, have those seeds been compromised because the bees don’t know the difference and cross pollinate everything? Can we eat bread without thinking it will kill us?
I don’t know. I do know that God wouldn’t use an analogy in Scripture using something harmful to describe something that is good. So, for me personally, when I cart past the bread isle in the grocery store, I think of Jesus. I believe that even if it’s not the same kind or quality of bread from Bible times that the bread that God knows is available to me in my day and age is not going to kill me.
Letting our “great thinkers” give bread a negative stigma is totally the Enemy’s plan. Tons of people these days in our first world, modern societies are living without bread in their diets, and tons of people these days are living without Jesus too. This is no coincidence.
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
I’ve got news for the bread haters and bread lovers alike. Jesus said that people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. We are all going to die, no matter what we eat. The ones who LIVE and live forever have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And by the way, guess who Jesus was talking to when he said these words? Our Enemy!
Help me not to fall into the trap of the Enemy. Thank you that eating food with a thankful heart is all that you require. Thank you that you didn’t save me from my sins and death only for me to panic and worry about modern farming practices. Thank you for protecting me from the wisdom of man, and thank you, thank you, thank you, that Jesus is all I need. Just like my body could physically be sustained by bread (any kind of bread), I am sustained by Jesus now and forever. All I need is your Son, Jesus! And I pray in his name, amen.