Bread of Life

The Scriptures record that there are several instances where bread is described as much more than just wheat baked into an edible loaf. For example, Jesus said in John 6:48, “I am the bread of life.” Clearly there is more to this “bread” than first meets the eye; so the next time you partake of the “bread and wine” of Communion, think about some of the other ways in which the Bible speaks of bread.

Here are some examples of the different ways in which the word “bread” implies so much more:

Exodus 25:30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.

Leviticus 23:20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest.

Deuteronomy 16:3 Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste

Psalm 78:25 Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.

Psalm 80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears.

Psalm 105:40 he fed them well with the bread of heaven.

Proverbs 4:17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 31:27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Isaiah 30:20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction,

Hosea 9:4 They will not pour out wine offerings to the Lord, nor will their sacrifices please him. Such sacrifices will be to them like the bread of mourners;

John 6:33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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