WHAT KIND OF BREAD DO WE SEEK?
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes form the mouth of God” Matthew 4:14 (NIV)
The crowd that followed Jesus was hoping that He would once again provide them with bread. After all, just the previous day Jesus had fed them and it hadn’t cost them a Denair and today was another day. When they found Him, they stressed that Moses had provided their forefathers with bread every day for forty years. Surely Jesus could do likewise and thereby prove that He was the One foretold by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).
We need to reflect on the significance of bread in Biblical times. In Western cultures, bread is often optional, but it was an essential staple then. In those times, it was made from a variety of grains and often mixed with lentils or beans. It was often a meal in itself. We may lament that the crowd did not understand His message and demanded food for their physical well being rather than nourishment for their souls. Their decision might prompt us to consider what we would have done if we were a member of their group. Most of us would declare that we would opt for spiritual nourishment; do our daily prayers truly reflect this decision? Although most likely our petitions are not concerned with requesting “bread”, but do our prayers request spiritual food or do we ask Him to provide for our physical desires?