Saturday, June 11, 2011

Before I started Blogging

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I was going through documents on my computer and came across this. I thought I might post it to my blog and ask you what you think. So here it is. This was written before I started blogging from home.

Bread and Stones

Bread is an amazing foodstuff. Bread nourishes and builds, it has almost the same texture as meat, the stuff of which we are made, in fact I can't think of any other vegetable matter that has quite as chewy a texture. Potatoes  a bit overcooked in oil could possibly be close to the same texture. Of course I haven’t tasted every kind of vegetable matter but just thinking about it gives, as far as I'm concerned, a good idea of the lack of possibilities. Bread takes the cake, no doubt about it.

Stones on the other hand are totally indigestible. Not only do they not nourish but will break your teeth if you try to chew them. Stones will cause you to stumble if you try walking over them. Stones hurt you.

Now when you think about the temptation of Jesus where Satan challenges him and asks “If you are the son of God why don't you turn these stones into bread?”
Of course Jesus answers him by replying “Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

As far as I can tell what Satan was in fact challenging Jesus to do was, turn the things that cause hurt and men to stumble, into something that will in fact nourish them. Jesus's reply indicates that it is not possible to always be nourished, man must take note of what God is saying to him about his stumbling and his need of God otherwise, if everything was for his good and always turned into a blessing, he would no longer need to look into his own heart and see his wretched condition and his need for repentance.
Now Jesus tells us that he is the Bread that comes down from heaven and that we are to eat of this bread for our nourishment, whereas we know that all through the old testament stones are used as witnesses to testify against our iniquities before God himself. We are also told that God is setting up a stone that if men run into it they will stumble over it and if it falls on a man it will crush him. In other words our iniquities will testify against us as if carved in stone, there for all time as a witness before God himself.
So how does Jesus then help us in our struggle to overcome our shortcomings?

Jesus is called the good and faithful witness and as such knows our struggles here in this life, he also knows what has been thrown as us in our weakened state and just how terrifying the struggle can be. Another thing that Jesus knows is our inner thoughts and motives.
There is no getting away from it, when we do not trust him when we ask for his help he sees and convicts us of our lack of faith. The people Jesus healed were those who put their faith in him, not those who refused to trust him.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Geoff,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    I love how you likened bread to meat, that is a cool thought! I aslo like how you said, The people Jesus healed were those who put their fiath in Him, not those who refused to trust Him.
    I believe in supernatural healing, I have witnessed it on many occassions and you are so right in saying those that are healed are those who put their trust in Him. Also, saying that, sometimes He does not heal because of a great glory to be had.

    Blessings,
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  2. Hi Geoff, bread and stones... very different objects.. this makes you think.
    Stones are hard and cold...cruel and hurtful. While christ also likened himself to be like the Bread of Life...When we absorb Him into ourselves, we change and become a living sacrifice of all that is good. We then begin to bear the fruits of love joy peace and self control.. So much better than someone with a heart of stone, who deny Him.
    I believe may will read this and get a different interpretation..and that is good. The body is different yet we all work together as one to become His body. God Bless Geoff.

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  3. God's word is meaningful and strong if we have faith, just like bread is nourishing only if we eat.

    It is good to go back into our writing and see what we wrote and what it means to us today. I think these words are probably even more powerful to you now. I know the more I go through life, the more I understand and the more I am moved by the word.

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  4. good word....just like we need to eat our daily bread, we must "eat and drink" of God daily to receive strength

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