Understanding the Importance of Bread in the Bible and In Our Lives
You have probably heard of or read in the Bible when Jesus said He is the “bread of life”.But what exactly does this mean to you and me? Most importantly, what are the Bible verses about bread that shed some light to the actual meaning of bread not just literally but also symbolically?
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Be sure to check out the link to uncover this truth for yourself. Today, we dive deeper into the meaning and value of bread in the Bible, so we can gain a better understanding of its significance in our lives.
Let’s jump right into it.
Why Should we Explore This Topic
Every time we get to uncover the deeper meaning behind God’s word, we are blessed to know him better.
In Hosea 4:6 it says in part, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:”
But scriptures also tell us a different story.
It is not said only here but let’s look at Matthew 7:7 which says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
The scriptures are full of treasures for you to find. When we do, it gives us a greater understanding of God’s word and his plan for our lives.
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Let’s dive deeper into the bread according to the Bible.
What is Real Bread According to the Bible?
Why do you spend your money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance
Give us this day our daily bread.
And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.
I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread.
These verses illustrate the importance of bread. Jesus loved having others break bread with Him.
Those were real times of blessing, intimacy and revelation. Jesus broke bread with those on the road to Emmaus and their spiritual eyes were opened to know him.
He broke bread with the disciples at the Passover and revealed the meaning of His death. After His resurrection, Jesus broke bread with the disciples and fellowshipped with them as they had breakfast together by the sea.
In the book of revelation, Jesus invited the lukewarm Christians to break bread with Him and allow their hearts to be rekindled by the fire of his love.
Breaking bread with Jesus means that we come and partake of who He is, enjoy his company and be nurtured by His presence.
It means intimacy and communion.
It means fellowship and the sharing of our hearts with His.
Jesus never intended for us to break bread with Him occasionally He intended us to break bread with Him on a daily basis. Further, we compare these verses the bread referred to is the daily bread of knowing Jesus as Lord.
It also refers to the health value of making and eating bread daily.
God designed the wheat kernel, as well as other grains to perfectly store the nutrients within. Once broken open, as in milling, the nutrients immediately begin to oxidize.
Within about 72 hours 90% of over 30 nutrients are virtually gone.
Bible Verses About Bread
Here is a collection of verses from scripture that speak about bread.
Towards the end of this post, I also have provided you with a couple of my favorite recipes for homemade bread.
In addition, I share how to obtain more information about making the perfect bread for you and your family as well as the most astounding truth science has uncovered about wheat.
Specifically, why Jesus compared himself to the bread of life and how it’s reflected in creation. It’s pretty wonderful so stick around till the end!
For now, here are the verses about bread.
This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. …
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” …
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
Give us this day our daily bread,
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”
1 Corinthians 10:17
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Corinthians 11:23
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread
1 Corinthians 11:26
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:24-25
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.”
While I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
And she put the delicious food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.
You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
All her people groan as they search for bread; they trade their treasures for food to revive their strength. “Look, O Lord, and see, for I am despised.”
Neither shall you offer as the bread of your God any such animals gotten from a foreigner. Since there is a blemish in them, because of their mutilation, they will not be accepted for you.”
Here is our bread. It was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey on the day we set out to come to you, but now, behold, it is dry and crumbly.
1 Kings 14:3
Take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what shall happen to the child.”
When I send against you the deadly arrows of famine, arrows for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, and when I bring more and more famine upon you and break your supply of bread.
Recipes for Making Bread
I thought I would also include some of my favorite ways to make bread before sharing with you an outstanding truth about wheat and why Jesus compared himself to our daily bread.
Feel free to try any of these, they’re wonderful for baking beginners or seasoned bakers.
Try this Israeli classic Tasty and Healthy Unleavened Bread Recipe, an easy to make bread that was the symbol of the Israelites escaping slavery in Egypt. It makes the story come alive for you and your family!
Or my whole wheat honey bread recipe that is sure to be a family favorite.
If you would like to learn more about baking bread I have additional videos on my Youtube channel. You can find me under “The Biblical Nutritionist”.
Check out this video take on What the Bible Says about “The Bread of Life”.
I have new videos uploaded every week that focus on you being confident in the kitchen so you can be healthy, feel confident and have an understanding of God’s word. God wants to have a deeper relationship with you and he has revealed himself in so many ways, I love sharing that with you!
Bread of God, Our Bread of Life
Jesus is the daily bread for which our soul should hunger. He is the bread by which our spirits grow. He is the bread that makes our hearts thrive.
He is the bread that brings us nourishment and sustains us through every step of the journey.
Come taste and see that the Lord is good. There is nothing more satisfying than partaking of the “bead of Life” which is our Lord.
Since we have turned over the responsibility of preparing our bread daily to the manufacturers we have also turned over to them our health. The resulting consequences are overwhelming.
God has given each of us the responsibility to prepare healthy meals for our family. Healthy meals include the best real bread. It is time to reclaim the health of our families and assume the role as their personal nutritionist.
Then we all enjoy the Real Bread.
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