Keeper of the Bread
Posted by Verna on September 18, 2011
Our choir director often begins worship time by sharing a deep truth, or just a simple story about his wife’s day lilies. His illustrations cause me to think further than Sunday.
Today, it was bread . . .
I find it interesting, that when the Bible was translated from Latin to English, lord was a Germanic word meaning bread. The lord kept the nutritive loaves for his subjects and servants and freely distributed to meet the daily need.
It reminds me of how the Father sent manna to His own to sustain them in the wilderness. They grumbled. But, was the manna just about filling their stomachs, or did it have greater significance?
In ancient times stalks of grain carried man from day to day. Without bread there was no life. When I was a child in the 50s, bread was an important staple and accompanied every meal. Removing the crust and saving the portion that I wanted reminds me of how we often do that with the Bread of Life. We keep what we want, but consider the rest unnecessary. We pass on the bread when we’re having dinner at a restaurant, counting the cost of calories. It seems to be extra and unnecessary. Instead, we fill ourselves with other things to remove the pangs.
We refuse Jesus, the free Bread. The only source of sustenance that will remove our true hunger.
God, the keeper of the Sacred Bread desires that we accept His daily provision, the bread of heaven, sent down from glory.
Today is the same as in ancient times. There is no life without bread.
Bread beyond bread.