One of the principles of true education is to look for spiritual lessons in the ordinary things around us, especially the things of nature. If you’ve never tried it before, it can be quite challenging! Today Sandra shares with us amazing object lessons that we can learn from a simple loaf of bread. You’ll be surprised how much religion you can find in bread!
I love bread! One of my very favourite foods is a slice of toasted homemade bread with a topping like avo and a slice of tomato! 🙂
Bread is known as the “staff of life” because it is a very basic food that supports life. In the Bible, Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life. (John 6:35) There are so many object lessons we can learn from the humble grain of wheat.
These are beautiful lessons that we can teach our children. Of course, we could teach them how to actually bake a loaf of bread, or even the science of the yeast and how it transforms a dead lump of dough into a a tasty well risen bread. But if we look deeper, we can discover more important spiritual lessons of the gospel.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.John 12:24
Bread can remind us of the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us in giving His pure sweet life to be broken for us. His Sacrifice was complete and whole … and that reminds me of how we should eat wholewheat bread!
Why whole wheat?
Wholewheat flour has fibre and important nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin E and minerals like magnesium, zinc, folic acid and chromium. Our bodies need these nutrients to function optimally. White refined flour is made up only of the endosperm part of the wheat kernel and therefore does not have all the goodness. Satan has made refined foods so tempting that we are fooled to believe these foods are good food. But this is a lie. They are missing much flavour, texture and, most importantly, nutrition. Choosing a good wholewheat flour will ensure good health.
The three parts of the wheat kernel (the endosperm, the bran and the germ) remind me of the Godhead and how they are all working to save and enrich our souls. They are ever ready to satisfy a soul that is hungering for righteousness. 🙂
Let’s look at Yeast …
Have you ever baked bread and forgotten to add the yeast? I have, and the bread was dense and hard. Yeast, small as these little fungal cells are, is very important. Here is a lesson for us – to keep an eye on the little things in life that may be easy to forget, but if neglected could have huge consequences!
The yeast, also known as “leaven” reminds me of the bible verse where Jesus speaks of the yeast, hidden in a loaf of bread, being like the kingdom of Heaven.
And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.Luke 13:20,21
When you first add the yeast to the flour, you do not see any immediate reactions, but after some time … wow! What a difference!
I love coming in the morning and lifting the lid off the bowl where the dough has been resting and rising. It is always so nice to see how that the dough has doubled it’s size and changed it’s texture from a tough ball into an elastic and pliable soft dough.
Here lies another lesson! When we accept Jesus into our lives, surrendering to His perfect plan for our lives, we allow the Holy Spirit to change, mold and make our hard stony hearts into something beautiful. Our lives can then become a blessing to others.
This requires God-given patience. This also means we must die to self just like the grain is crushed and gives of itself to form flour. The flour on its own cannot make dough, nor bread. It needs the yeast to quicken it and make it alive. Then the baking process shapes the loaf and seals it for its true purpose in life … to fill a need in someone. What an opportunity for our children to see a science experiment that teaches a beautiful truth!
What about Water?
Water is also needed in bread making. Without the water, the bread would just be dry flour. Jesus is the Water of Life; we can do nothing without Him.
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.john 4:14
And lastly, Salt!
Salt is a final key ingredient. You may have the best stoneground flour, the most active yeast and the purest of filtered water but without those few granules of salt, the bread would be tasteless and lacking.
This reminds me of Matthew 5:13 where we are told that we are the salt of the world.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.Matthew 5:13
We need to come to Jesus and be filled each day and then tell others of His love and what He has done, and is doing for us. This saltiness attracts them to Him and they may find relief and joy too.
Over to you!
Much of Jesus’ instructions and teachings were given to the disciples using parables. Familiar objects and incidents were linked with true and beautiful thoughts – thoughts of God’s love for us, the grateful respect and reverence that is due to Him, and of how we should care for one another. These were lessons of divine wisdom and practical truths which were impressed on the disciples’ minds using simple object lessons. This is God’s chosen method of teaching truths: linking the unseen with the seen; connecting spiritual truths with everyday objects and experiences.
Now it’s your turn! Next time you are mixing up the yeast with the flour, salt and water, be reminded of these spiritual truths that God longs to impress on our hearts … and share them with your children!
What other spiritual lessons can you think of in the simple, yet important art of breadmaking? Share with us in the comments below!
It requires thought and care to make good bread. But there is more religion in a good loaf of bread than many think.cd 315.4
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