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The House of Bread

Friday, December 4, 2020

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Isaiah 55:2-3 – “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 delight yourself in abundance. 3 Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live…”

It is significant that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem means house of bread. God wanted to communicate that Jesus was manna from heaven for us to continually feed upon for eternal life. In John 6:35 Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry…’ This was after Jesus had fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish, having twelve baskets filled with leftovers.

In Isaiah 55, the prophet asks us a probing question: ‘Why are you spending money on what does not ultimately satisfy?’ Isaiah then declares that if we will incline our ears to God’s teaching and listen, we can delight ourselves in the abundance of God’s blessing. We see this in Jesus’ life and ministry. He did not have a home to lay his head but was always surrounded by more than enough provision. When Jesus blessed something, it not only provided for the needs of people, there was always a surplus, an overflow.

Where do you need provision in your life? What do you need Jesus to bless? Isaiah goes on to say, ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked abandon his way, And the unrighteous person his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.’”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank you that in Jesus is abundant pardon and abundant provision for life and godliness. Help me to continually trust in Jesus for my daily bread. Help me to trust that with my little offerings, Jesus’ blessing brings multiplication and overflow. Amen