More Than Words
Pastor Louis Johnson, July 15, 2018
Part 1 – Bread
- Our Daily Bread
(Exodus 16:4) Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
(Matthew 6:11) Give us this day our daily bread.
(Psalm 68:19) Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah
An “exact equivalency” translates word by word.
A “dynamic equivalency” translates the phrase or thought.
- Our Sustaining Bread
(Matthew 4:3–4) Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
(Deuteronomy 8:3) So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
(Isaiah 55:2) Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
(Job 23:12) I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
(Joshua 1:8) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
- Our True Bread
(John 1:1, 1:14, 5:39, 6:31–35, 6:48–51, 6:63) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (14) And the Word became 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. (5:39) You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. (6:31-35) Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. (6:48-51) I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (6:63) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
(Revelation 19:11–13) Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and true, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
(Genesis 35:1) Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”