Devotion: DISCOVERING JESUS IN DEUTERONOMY - NO SUGAR IN HIS BREAD
August 17, 2018
"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV
A MOMENT TO REFLECT:
While driving in morning traffic this week, I passed a nationally famous bread maker's delivery truck. On the side panel it presented a graphic of their famous bread, with their slogan - "There's no sugar in our bread!" I was curious that would be that company's marketing pitch. Most bread makers assert how important their 'enriched' bread is. Others emphasize taste and texture. This particular company emphasized what their bread wasn't. Ingredients are important to bread, as much as the quantity or volume of each element added to the base of flour. For that particular company to assert they did not have sugar in their bread was a statement of comparison and contrast. Without saying it, it was a definitive way of making profoundly important statements: 1). We don't, but they do. 2). Sugar is not good for you. 200 years ago, the average American ate only two-pounds of sugar per year. In 1970 Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year. Today, the average American consumes 152 pounds per year, the equivalent of 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar per week! What we eat matters. The company that boasts 'no sugar in our bread' is inferring an important, fundamental fact in the battle against diabetes, heart disease, and obesity - "we care about your health."
Christ instituted the feast of unleavened bread at the time of Israel's departure from Egypt (Exodus 12:8, 15). The typological service to the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of the world is not appreciated in its fullness by Seventh-day Adventist Christians. Instead of looking at what was not permitted, we must consider the larger emphasis of the bread's significance and importance. Yeast was not permitted as an additive to the bread, and neither was sugar. Sugar is synonymous with pleasure, satisfaction, and dessert. The bread eaten by God's people was flat, without yeast, and without sugar. It was not fun to eat. Crisp, dry, and grainy, their unleavened bread was meant to represent everything this world is not. Unleavened bread was connected to personal preparation for departure from Egypt. Egypt is a type of this world. Christ cares about our soul salvation. He has offered blood to be placed on our doorposts, the spiritual covering required for the recording angel to passover. This is the essence of the Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread. The bread was without yeast, and without sugar. More importantly, yeast could not be within the house in any form. All sin - all sin - had to be put away. The process of getting ready to celebrate the Passover was a time of heart and soul searching. All thought was focused on being right with God. The time was not pleasurable, fun, delightful, nor was it a breakfast dessert, or a midnight snack to diminish hunger pangs. God was serious about the requirements and His people had to consume it in the right frame of mind. We are preparing for the Coming of the Lord. Soon, we will eat from heaven's banquet table, with the Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. While He is seriously engaged in identifying those who are His, can we be any less serious about putting away all sin out of our lives? Or, are we looking for bread with a little sugar?
SPIRIT OF PROPHECY COMMENTS:
"It is not enough for us to know and respect the words of the Scriptures. We must enter into the understanding of them, studying them earnestly, eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God.Christians will reveal the degree to which they do this by the healthiness of their spiritual character. We must know the practical application of the Word to our own individual character-building. We are to be holy temples, in which God can live and walk and work. Never must we strive to lift ourselves above the servants whom God has chosen to do His work and to honor His holy name. “All ye are brethren.” Let us apply this Word to our individual selves, comparing scripture with scripture. 5BC 1135.5
In our daily lives, before our brethren and before the world, we are to be living interpreters of the Scriptures, doing honor to Christ by revealing His meekness and His lowliness of heart. Christ’s teachings are to be to us as the leaves of the tree of life. As we eat and digest the bread of life, we shall reveal a symmetrical character. By our unity, by esteeming others better than ourselves, we are to bear to the world a living testimony of the power of the truth.... 5BC 1135.6
When men submit entirely to God, eating the bread of life and drinking the water of salvation, they will grow up into Christ. Their characters are composed of that which the mind eats and drinks. Through the Word of life, which they receive and obey, they become partakers of the divine nature. Then their entire service is after the divine similitude, and Christ, not man, is exalted." (Letter 64, 1900). 5BC 1135.7
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
John 1:14 KJV
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