House of Bread

by Jack C. Corcoran

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world, came into this world as a baby in the small town of Bethlehem.  The prophet, Micah, said in Micah 5:2… “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel…”

And that prophecy was fulfilled several hundred years later in a little stable in the small town of Bethlehem.

The Hebrew word for Bethlehem is Beyth Lechem which means house of bread. I discovered this while I was reading from “The Gospel of Matthew (1)” by Paul C. Jong’s “Spiritual Growth Series 1. And it struck me how often the bible refers to Jesus as the “bread of Life.” And here I’m learning that He was born in a town called the House of Bread.

In fact, Jesus mentions, himself, no less than five times in John 6:33-51 that He is the “bread of Life that came down from heaven.”

Jesus is also referred to as the Word. John says in his first chapter “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God………….and the Word became flesh…” So the Word (Jesus) is the Bread of Life.

Could there then be a double meaning when Jesus says in the passage where He is teaching them to pray;  in Matthew 6: 11 He says “Give us today our daily bread.” I mean, I’ve always just assumed He was talking about food for our stomachs but now, I’m thinking He may have also been talking about food for our souls; give us a daily dose of Your Word.

We all know that we need to read God’s word daily. Don’t we? I have cited many times in these posts from Acts 17:11, where it says, “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

We. too, should examine the Scriptures every day for our daily helping of Spiritual bread. I remember writing another article back in October of 2015, where I said,

“Can you ever get enough bread? No, I don’t think you can. David said “I hide your word in my heart so I will not sin against You.” We need God’s word, we need the bread of life. Jesus said in John 15:5, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” If you don’t stay in the word, you’re as good as dead. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a dead christian.”

Jesus is the bread of life and Jesus is the Word. Spiritual Bread, therefore, is food for the soul. Jesus, the bread of life came into the world by way of the House of Bread. In Exodus, chapter 16, we read in verses 15 and 31 that God sent bread from heaven to the people of Israel.

. When they asked “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.”

God sent bread to them from heaven way back thousands of years ago, and He sent Jesus to us as bread from Heaven. We still continue to feed on manna. In John 6:58, Jesus says, “This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread (meaning himself), will live forever.”   the words in parentheses are mine.

How do we feed on Jesus? Jesus is the Word of God. The bible is the word of God. When we read the bible, we are being fed bread from heaven. We cannot exist without eating food every day; likewise we cannot grow as christians without feeding on spiritual food every day.

Prayer; Dear God, please instill in us the importance of studying Your Word on a daily basis so that we can grow closer to you and be good ambassadors for Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:20).