Life Food

Matthew 3 establishes the role of John the Baptist up to his baptising of Jesus. After that Jesus went into the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and was to be tempted by the devil. When he finished the 40 day fast, the devil arrived to begin to tempt Jesus. Then Jesus spoke for the first time since his baptism, Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Here was Jesus, hungry after the 40 day fast, being tempted by the devil to change stones into bread and his response indicates that the need for food is underrated. The Message Bible translates that as “Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” The Complete Jewish Bible translates the same as “But he answered, “The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ADONAI.”‘
Jesus said in John 6:35 and 48 that he was the bread of life and in speaking of himself he said, “This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:50-51. Since Jesus was the Word (John 1:14), he became word-bread so we could live by consuming the word that proceeds from God. Not ordinary bread, but word-bread. Jesus used natural bread to signify the need to consume the Word of God. “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.” Matthew 26:26. When we take communion we get both the body and blood of Christ in the representation of the bread and wine. But everyday, we should be reading God’s Word so as to get our share of the words that proceed from the mouth of God. It is that word-bread which is truly life to us.
God spoke to Joshua as to the power of the word of God as then known as the book of the law. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8. God was telling Joshua that he needed to speak the word of the law constantly as the key to success. By consuming (eating) the book of the law, he would speak what he had consumed for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). The heart is very much like a computer ‘garbage in, garbage out’. If we put the word of God into our spirit (heart) then as we speak, the word of God will come out of our heart through our mouth. It has been said, ‘You are what you eat’, if we eat the word of God which proceeds out from the mouth of God, we will be like God and like Him, will live eternally. The Word of God is truly, life food.

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