Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 18th, 2018
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.’”
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
Not By Bread Alone
In the Lord’s provision for His creation, there is specific food that is exactly what each animal needs to live and be healthy. Jesus declares that we are the Lord’s special creation. We are spiritual beings, not just physical beings. We must have spiritual food. That required food is the word of the Lord coming from His mouth to us. How wonderful and essential is His word. Don’t try to live without it.
The Food Network recently posted the 11 best Canadian sandwiches. If you happen to be in Winnipeg, the online article suggests you visit Bernstein’s and order their Reuben Deluxe. Here is what the article says: “The mouthwatering Reuben Deluxe sandwich made at Winnipeg deli and diner Bernstein’s is made with house-made corned beef that’s been cured for 12 days, then cooked for seven hours before being sliced to order. The purple cabbage sauerkraut is also made in house. Everything is made with local ingredients.”
Men and women have been baking bread since before recorded history. We will never know who the first human was to crush grain into flour and cook it over a fire. It has been a staple of human diet ever since. But, as delicious as bread is, nobody wants to make it the solitary food in their diet. And while it fills the stomach, our needs are far greater than food. There is a need for something to fill the emptiness of our souls. During His time in the wilderness after His baptism, Jesus is tempted by the Devil. Satan knows that Jesus is fully God, so he tempts Jesus to use His divine power to turn stones into bread to feed Himself after 40 days of fasting. Jesus replies with these words in Matthew 4:4, “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.’” Jesus had not come primarily to meet the physical needs of people – He had come to be their Saviour, their Redeemer. He came to be yours.
These have been words from the heart.