Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalms 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20,24; John 6:24-35
In the midst of the conflicting claims of all the “weight loss” plans being advertised these days, God is offering us, in and through the Lord Jesus, a tried-and-true diet plan: “The Bread of Heaven.” This is the Bread of the soul.
God’s recommended diet must be understood in the context of the ancient Middle Eastern world. Bread was the major source of nourishment. To offer bread to another was seen as an offer of friendship. To give bread to strangers implied safety and welcome. To “break bread” together was perceived as a sign of hospitality.
When the Hebrew people fled Egypt and wandered through the desert wilderness, God provided them with “bread” every morning. Not only was it their daily sustenance, but also it reminded them of God’s care, God’s Presence. It was a sign of Divine friendship.
Taking this symbolism further, Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” He was so at one with the Father that His life embodied the Divine…