One of God’s names is “Bread”.*
I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to send it to you. Just send an email with your request).
These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!
BREAD (By Janine Mick Wills)
I’m like Oprah in this regard, I love bread. My husband doesn’t care for it. “It’s just a filler and empty calories.” I keep telling him the bread I bake comes from freshly ground wheat berries and is good for him.
But my God, the Bread of Life (John 6:48), is the very best bread of all! Without Him, we are like those in Egypt during the times of Joseph (Genesis 47:13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine).
Let’s take some examples of bread in the Bible and compare them with our Living Bread. (And, No. I”m not going to share all 300 verses in the Bible with the mention of the word “bread”!)
🍞 Matthew 15:33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
I live in the South. Every time, even a hint of snow is forecast, people rush to the store to get bread and milk. A friend from church went to Food Lion to buy a loaf of bread last week, and this is what she found! No bread!
But God, our Bread, is an abundant supply. No matter how many come to Him, they “will in no wise (be) cast out,” (John 6:37) and they “shall never hunger” (John 6:35).
🍞 John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Back to my living-in-the-South-during-a-winter-snow analogy.
Yes, all those people did buy bread. But the point they had to buy it, proves that kind of bread doesn’t last.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s certainly nothing wrong with bread from ________ (Fill-in your favorite grocery store). You won’t live long without bread/food! That’s why Jesus told His disciples to pray for their “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
But God is the “true” Bread. The One Who gives and sustains life, both physically and spiritually (Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being…; Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist).
To those who are not saved,** He is the “living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever” (John 6:51).
To those who are saved, “we being many are one bread, and one body (the Church): for we are all partakers of that one bread” (1 Corinthians 10:17).
🍞 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
In both the Old and New Testaments leavening (something that caused the bread to rise) was a picture of sin.
As a Christian, we should strive to be a picture of unleavened bread. This means full control of our lives through the Holy Spirit of God. Even a “little” sin can tarnish our lives and reputations (1 Corinthians 5:6 Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?).
How do we keep sin from our lives? I’m glad you asked! (Also see “HOW TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL”.)
- Keep a “short account” of your sin. As soon as you transgress, confess it to God and ask forgiveness (1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness).
- Read, study, meditate, and memorize the Word of God (Psalm 119:9 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee). See Memorizing God’s Word and “This Week’s Memory Verse”.
- Keep away from even the appearance of sin (1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil). Don’t give sin a foothold. Stop it at the thought-level (temptation) before it becomes sin (2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ).
- Resist sin. This is not a passive exercise. You must be strong in the Lord! (James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you).
🍞 Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body (Also in Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19).
Our commemoration of the Lord’s Supper shows the broken body of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made before and during His crucifixion.
But it is not to be taken lightly. Self-examination is necessary (1Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup). One can face serious consequences by not doing so (1 Corinthians 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord).
Before taking the Lord’s Supper (Communion), you need to ask yourself:
- Am I truly saved?
- Is my spiritual walk right before God?
Did this give you something to chew on? If so, the next time you take a big bite of warm bread from the oven, slathered in real creamier butter or fresh fruit jam (Or however you choose to indulge), think about the true Bread of Heaven, Who loved you, gave Himself for you, and provides your daily bread!
**If you have never asked Christ to save you or aren’t sure you’re saved, please click here “How to Know You Have Eternal Life”.