Can you name anything better than a warm, slice of bread or a roll fresh out of the oven with melted butter? We all love it.
I made homemade dinner rolls last night to go with our soup and all fifteen rolls were gone by the end of supper. Sometimes you have to limit the bread so that the other food gets eaten.
Bread is a staple food in so many cultures. It’s baked on hot rocks, earthen ovens, modern ovens and bread machines, with yeast and without. It can be as basic as flour and water or filled with fruit and nuts.
Its importance is reflected in the way we talk
If you financially support the family, you’re the breadwinner, so you can put bread on the table.
It would be weird to say, he’s the carrot winner or he has to work so he can put potatoes on the table.
We say the Midwest is America’s bread basket and when we eat with others, we call it breaking bread together. If something cool comes along we say it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Bread As Social Status
Whether we like it or not, the type of bread you purchase (as with other things we buy) sends ‘social signals’. Buying cheap, fluffy white bread that costs around a dollar may indicate lower income, lower education or lack of nutritional knowledge. Someone buying a $4 loaf of bread that is deemed ‘healthy’ shows they are financially secure and are interested in nutrition.
God deemed bread important enough that he supplied the Israelites with the flat bread, manna, while they were in the wilderness and Jesus described himself as the Bread of Life.
He knows that we need to satisfy our physical need for food, so in using bread to describe the need to satisfy our spiritual appetite through Him – we can ‘get it’. Not only do we have a daily need for bread we have a daily need for Jesus.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” ~John 6:35
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.