Reading Time: 4 minutesLev 24:5 “Take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf.”
The Word “bread” is mentioned 267 times in the NIV version of the Bible, and contained in a total of 246 verses. By way of perspective, the word “love” is mentioned in 526 different verses, and occurs 547 times. So bread must be very important; in order to rate this high in relation to the importance placed in scripture upon “love.” The word “bread is found from Genesis, all the way up to the book of Hebrews. Whereas “love” is found all the way from Genesis to Revelation.
Today, I decided it was time to come up with a civilized, personal response to C19 and so the decision was made to bake some Beet Bread. Yes; it is Red Bread…sort of red…Unlike the text of Leviticus, above; I only made two loaves. The recipe called for enough ingredients to make 4 loaves, but one of the ingredients was for Soy Flour, which I didn’t have, so I thought: “hmmm. I should try a little rye flour,” so that made the loaves much more solid or dense; hence resulting in two loaves. But they turned out absolutely PERFECT! I was quite proud of myself because its been years since I made anything like this. Already, I am planning the next thing to bake. I think “Yeast Biscuits” will be on tomorrow’s roster.
I am reminded of the following quotes:
” It takes thought and care to make good bread; but there is more religion in a loaf of good bread than many think.” “There is more religion in good cooking than you have any idea…” *( quotes taken from a cook book I have called “Ten Talents”)
Given the importance of well-made bread in the Bible, perhaps we could also turn our thoughts to what Jesus called: “the bread of life…”
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:48).
Knowing God, “and Whom He has sent,” (John 17:3) is so important during these times we live in:
“Many are the ways in which God is seeking to make Himself known to us and bring us into communion with Him. Nature speaks to our senses without ceasing. The open heart will be impressed with the love and glory of God as revealed through the works of His hands. The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature. The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing cloud, the falling rain, the babbling brook, the glories of the heavens, speak to our hearts, and invite us to become acquainted with Him who made them all.
Our Saviour bound up His precious lessons with the things of nature. The trees, the birds, the flowers of the valleys, the hills, the lakes, and the beautiful heavens, as well as the incidents and surroundings of daily life, were all linked with the words of truth, that His lessons might thus be often recalled to mind, even amid the busy cares of man’s life of toil.
God would have His children appreciate His works and delight in the simple, quiet beauty with which He has adorned our earthly home. He is a lover of the beautiful, and above all that is outwardly attractive He loves beauty of character; He would have us cultivate purity and simplicity, the quiet graces of the flowers.
If we will but listen, God’s created works will teach us precious lessons of obedience and trust. 86 From the stars that in their trackless courses through space follow from age to age their appointed path, down to the minutest atom, the things of nature obey the Creator’s will. And God cares for everything and sustains everything that He has created. He who upholds the unnumbered worlds throughout immensity, at the same time cares for the wants of the little brown sparrow that sings its humble song without fear.
When men go forth to their daily toil, as when they engage in prayer; when they lie down at night, and when they rise in the morning; when the rich man feasts in his palace, or when the poor man gathers his children about the scanty board, each is tenderly watched by the heavenly Father. No tears are shed that God does not notice. There is no smile that He does not mark.
If we would but fully believe this, all undue anxieties would be dismissed. Our lives would not be so filled with disappointment as now; for everything, whether great or small, would be left in the hands of God, who is not perplexed by the multiplicity of cares, or overwhelmed by their weight. We should then enjoy a rest of soul to which many have long been strangers.
As your senses delight in the attractive loveliness of the earth, think of the world that is to come, that shall never know the blight of sin and death; where the face of nature will no more wear the shadow of the curse. Let your imagination picture the home of the saved, and remember that it will be more glorious than your brightest imagination can portray. In the varied gifts of God in nature we see but the faintest gleaming of His glory. It is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
The poet and the naturalist have many things to say about nature, but it is the Christian who enjoys the beauty of the earth with the highest appreciation, because he recognizes his Father’s handiwork and perceives His love in flower and shrub and tree. No one can fully appreciate the significance of hill and vale, river and sea, who does not look upon them as an expression of God’s love to man.”