A Simple Loaf of Bread
Tuesday, January 3
“By the sweat of your face you will eat your bread…” (Genesis 3:19)
Who doesn't like bread? Freshly baked... still warm out of the oven... a little bit of butter... mmm mmm mmm. Mankind has been baking loaves for thousands of years. A simple loaf of bread feeds the poorest and the most well off amongst us. Wherever you go on this planet, bread, whether it is a bagel, a baguette or banana bread, is being consumed every day. From a quick survey of the Bible, we see that it has been that way right from the very beginning.
The first mention of bread goes right back to the fall of mankind when God told Adam, “By the sweat of your face you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)
Can you image the shock Adam and Eve experienced when they had to start fending for themselves, including learning how to cook and make their own bread. Can you imagine the pain they suffered after they lost their perfect relationship with God when they doubted His goodness and pushed beyond the boundaries of His plan. Their hunger for the return of their intimate relationship with God must have been overwhelming.
Yet, God did not abandon them to their sin’s consequences. Instead, God made a way for Adam and Eve [and for all of us] to receive the promise of a cure that one day God would send His Son to be the one who would crush the “serpent’s head.” (Genesis 3:15)
God made a way for us to be fed through His Son Jesus. We don’t have to be hungry anymore. So, let us hunger for a deeper more intimate relationship with Jesus who is our Bread of life.
Prayer for the Day: Jesus, we are hungry for You. As we sit at Your feet today, feed us with Your truth, draw us closer to Your heart, and transform us into the disciples You need us to be we pray in Your holy name – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”