Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
Question: What is the “bread” that God gives us?
Answer: In the Bible, bread is often used as a symbol for God’s Word, or His Truth. We read in our textbook:
“Our bread, ‘which cometh down from heaven,’ is Truth.” (S&H 35:26-27)
Bread was a very important food to the people during Bible times, and they needed it to live. They would starve, or be famished, if there was a drought, or something else that caused the crops to fail. God’s Word, or Truth, is just as important to mankind. We would starve if God did not feed us. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“The Scriptures say, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,’ showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this
teaching practical.” (S&H 410:9)
Bread is often found in Bible stories that show how God feeds His children when they are
receptive to Truth. Perhaps you can recall some stories now. Do you remember any of the
times Jesus spoke of, or used, bread to teach a lesson?
Mary Baker Eddy interprets bread in this line of the Lord’s Prayer, in a very specific way. She calls it grace. We will learn more about grace in another lesson.
O do not bar your mind
Against the light of good;
But open wide, let in the Word
And Truth will be your food.
(Christian Science Hymnal – Hymn 201)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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