Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bread

17 And to Adam he said,
"Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
'You shall not eat of it,'
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 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."
Genesis 3:17-19, English Standard Version

Bread

As we continue in this series of devotions called, "What is in a Word?," I thought it would be good to look at the word, "bread."

The word, bread, is used in over 300 passages in the English Standard Version of the Bible. While we will not look at every passage, we will cover several of them. The first time the word, bread, appears is in the passage shown above from Genesis 3.

The unthinkable has happened! God created a perfect world and already, man has chosen to sin against the Lord God. The serpent brought temptation to Eve, who sinned by eating the forbidden fruit. Seeing what his wife had done, Adam, too, tasted the fruit.

Each one, the serpent, Eve, and then Adam all are punished for their sin. The passage shown above are the words God spoke to Adam.

17 . . . cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 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."


I find it interesting that the first use of the word, bread, in the Bible is used in the curse God pronounced against Adam. Food, which prior to this time took no effort to produce, would now require the sweat of Adam's brow. The earth, now also condemned by sin would wrestle with Adam for every seed of grain produced.

The message here is that the sins of Adam and Eve were fatal sins, not only to themselves, but to every man and woman born on this earth. Only through the miraculous gift given to us through the shed blood of Christ can we be rescued from this fatal blow.

How does that affect your everyday life? Do you live each day as others who have no hope, or are you buoyed up by the grace of God so that the light of God shines through each day, no matter how bleak your circumstances may be?

Meditate upon that as you go about the duties of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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