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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
"Our Daily Bread"
Message summary: Today let us thank our Lord for both the physical food He provides in our daily bread and the spiritual food He provides in the "Bread of Life".
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"By the sweat of your face You will eat bread" (Genesis 3:19). "Give us this day our daily bread" (Luke 11:3). "I am the bread of life" (John 6:48).
Sunday afternoon we passed Osceola Mill near Intercourse PA. At one time this mill was a thriving enterprise providing a service to local farmers. Mills are usually built alongside a creek for using the water's power; in the case of Osceola Mill, a creek named Pequea (pron. Peckway). These mills were a critical part of the community as farmer's brought their grains in to be ground.
Of course a major food made from these grains is bread. At creation God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food" (Genesis 1:29).
Throughout our marriage Brooksyne has made a lot of bread. Although we enjoy some types of store-bought bread there's nothing like home-made. She baked bread for many years but in an attempt to cut back on our calorie intake she rarely makes homemade bread these days. However she still makes sweet breads, saving a loaf for us, but giving most of her homemade sweets away.
Bread is first referenced in the Bible following the original fall when Adam was told, "By the sweat of your face You will eat bread" (Genesis 3:19). We see references to bread all through the Old Testament.
But today let's consider two well-known New Testament verses dealing with bread; both the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Give us this day our daily bread." Most all of you will recognize this to be a verse from the Lord's Prayer. Bread is representative here of provision. In this context it primarily means physical provision. In expressing this petition to God we are asking Him to meet our daily needs.
J.C. Ryle elaborates concerning the need for daily bread: "We are here taught to acknowledge our entire dependence on God for the supply of our daily necessities. As Israel required daily manna so we require daily bread. We confess that we are poor, weak creatures in need and beseech our Maker to take care of us. We ask for bread as the simplest of our wants, and in that word we include all that our bodies require."
Bread also conveys spiritual meaning and we need this bread to feed our Spirit. Jesus, in refuting the tempter, stated: "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).
Many of us appreciate the little devotional booklet published by RBC Ministries called "Our Daily Bread". We have distributed thousands of copies of this devotional in the long course of our ministry. Its simple title conveys this same sense of provision that comes from the spiritual nourishment we receive from the Bible and its daily application in our lives.
"I am the bread of life." This teaching follows the feeding of the five thousand. In this passage Jesus also refers to the feeding of manna in the wilderness. This is the first of the seven "I am" (ego eimi or ἐγώεἰμι as it sounds and looks in the Greek) statements of our Lord. Jesus is asserting that His teaching and the benefits of His intervention are the foundation of spiritual life of which the manna in the wilderness symbolized.
In John 6:27 He states, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you." Of course Jesus was not giving a put-down to those who labor in the fields, but He was teaching His listeners that food which only feeds the body is not enough. We need food that comes from heaven which has an eternal, spiritual nurturing component that food from the ground cannot provide.
Today let us thank our Lord for both the physical food He provides in our daily bread and the spiritual food He provides in the "Bread of Life".
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Lancaster County Scenes
Here's a photo of Osceola Mill that we mentioned in our message. The property, along with the house in our lead photo, is now a bed and breakfast and is located here on Google map.
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Sunday afternoon, after our visit to the Old Windmill Farm, we stopped by the Strasburg Railroad since they had the old steam engine running!
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All through the county road side stands beg your attention as the mum varieties are beautifully displayed alongside the pumpkins and gourds. Most are closed on Sunday in honor of the Lord's Day.
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Break Thou The Bread Of Life" Video Congregational singing at Metropolitan Tabernacle, London
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