The other day a psalm caught my eye.
“It is vain for you to raise up early, to sit up late,
To eat the bread sorrows: for so He gives His beloved sleep.”
Tehilliym (Psalms) 127:2
What I focused on was “to eat the bread of sorrows” and I thought what bread have I been eating? I was feeling depressed, sad, despondent, discouraged and this had been going on for a while.
If we are what we eat and if I am feeding on sorrow, then sorrow is what had been filling me.
However, what if I made different bread choices? What if I choose the bread of joy? The bread of love? The bread of life?
Later that day, I was reading Yahuchanon (John) chapter 6 and for the first time, what YAHUSHA HaMashiach (Messiah) was saying made sense. I know am not the only one who is puzzled by some of His words. Sometimes I think the puzzling happens because we read only part of a chapter or even having them separated in general, may contribute to missed or incomplete understanding.
Anyway, what does bread have to do with Yahuchanon (John) 6 and me understanding more?
Well, YAHUSHA HaMashiach (Messiah) already knew what He was going to do to feed the crowd of people. Most of the time I have separated the miracle of the bread and fish, from the rest of the chapter. However, when I read the chapter entirely, I saw that when the crowd found Him, they wanted to eat. They knew He could fill them physically. However, YAHUSHA has always pointed to:
He later told them, the bread from Mosheh was not bread that leads to eternal life, but the true bread from heaven gives life comes from the Father. The people basically said “okay give us this bread.”
Then YAHUSHA told them that He is the bread of life and those who come to Him will never hunger (we still get hungry from bread) and never thirst. The Yahudiym (Jews) were very upset because of what He said, asking how a man can give us his flesh to eat?
YAHUSHA HaMashiach (Messiah) responded back by saying they are correct, and that if one doesn’t eat His flesh and drink His blood then they cannot have eternal life.
Okay, to be honest, that part always stopped me. What did He really mean?
Finally, I read down to verse 63:
“It is the ruach that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are ruach and they are life.”
His words are spirit and they are life! As Shim’on Kepha, soon declares “…You have the words of eternal life…”
When we chose to eat of His word, we can find life.
“As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats Me, even he shall live by me.”
Yahuchanon (John) 6:57
So if I am eating of the bread of life, the bread made purely of His words, I can have life-life eternally.
So what am I going to choose to eat today? Will I choose the bread that is only temporal, likely feeding me the junk leading to depression, anger, disbelief and discouragement? Will I choose the bread of life, which comes from the Heavenly Father YAHUAH through His Son YAHUSHA HaMashiach?