The Bread of Life

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Matthew 4:4:
But he {Jesus} answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Obviously, we need bread to live ― physical food gives man existence. However, to have real spiritual life empowering men and women, young and old, the biblical requirement is always to feed our spiritual lives with spiritual food. In the Greek text the word for “live” means to have and experience true life beyond mere existence, the life that only God can sustain by giving life out of (or from) Himself, “for in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

In the Greek, the word, “word” is rhēma and means that which is spoken. It is a small portion of the whole (Word of God). It can represent a single word, a sentence, or a sermon out from the Scriptures, and most assuredly, a rhēma is what you are reading now ― a “Bible byte.”

The word “proceedeth” indicates the reaching of a goal and the goal that is to be reached is God (all the way to the very breath and mouth of God Himself), wherein God’s vitality upon which we are daily feeding is becoming more and more received, acknowledged, assimilated, and lived.

John 17:8a:
For I {Jesus} have given unto them the words {rhēma} which thou {God} gavest me; and they have received them . . .

Oh yes, we indeed require physical food to live. But what about our spiritual lives, have we tapped into the storehouse that contains the bread of life? Just as we do not eat all the food that will sustain our physical lives in one day, eating all the spiritual nourishment we will need for life in one day is just as impossible. Rather, God’s Word is to be served, enjoyed, and lived on by receiving byte-sized morsels (rhēma), as Jesus explained in Matthew 4:4.

 John 6:63b:
. . . The words {rhēma} that I {Jesus} speak unto you {these are words, which originally came “out of the mouth of God”}, they are spirit, and they are life.

When we feast on the bread of life contained in God’s whole Word, life itself will become a daily delight, giving us even greater satisfaction and fulfillment than we could have ever dreamed.