Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
My sister-in-law is a fabulous cook. When we are at their house, she and my brother whirl in slow motion around their kitchen – hovering over the stovetop, twirling around the island, gliding over to the fridge, and flowing past the spice cabinet, together and separately, as if it were some kind of culinary ballroom dance. He leads – “We need this diced,” – and she follows, “Are you ready for the sauce?”
We’ve never, ever in our long legged lives had anything from their kitchen that was less than delicious.
Especially when it comes to pies, cakes and BREAD. Glorious BREAD.
A few months ago, my mom asked my brother if we could celebrate her 75th birthday at his house. It’s a central spot for the family, their home is big enough for us to hang out there all together – but I bet she was also thinking about the possibilities from the portal of the pair who do the kitchen dance.
All hands were on deck, or on the island – as we filled our plates with homemade cinnamon rolls of three different kinds, pumpkin, orange and “regular.”
Every culture has its bread. All the world over, people knead it and roll it and bake it into tradition-filled shapes of tastiness.
God created us with the capacity to enjoy our bread, but here’s the thing. Lest we be tempted to think we could “live on it,” God reminds us that we can’t. No matter how gooey and sweet the cinnamon roll, it can only be a secondary sustenance.
Bread satisfies the stomach, but God’s word satisfies the soul.
I really love the way the Bible is so complex. Parts of it are mysteriously difficult to interpret. I love that because it keeps us learning and searching the depths of its pages. On the other hand, parts are just simple, so that even a child can grasp its truth. This is one of the simple parts.
Try as we might, no man nor woman can live by bread alone (even Gina’s cinnamon rolls) – but we can live abundantly, deeply, satisfied by the very words of God.
Encouraging intentional adventure with Jesus, the very Bread of Life,
PS – Happy birthday, Mom!