Friday, July 23, 2010

daily text 7/23

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
"Give us today our bread for this day." (Matthew 6:11)

Jesus taught his followers to pray the above. Bread was a staple in the diet of many ancient peoples, including the Israelites. Though bread is considered a simple food, the chemical process that transforms a few basic ingredients into delicious bread is anything but simple. When the Bible was being written, the Israelites used wheat of barley flour and water to make bread. Leaven, or yeast, was sometimes used in the bread-making process. These simple substances combine to form an astonishing number of chemical compounds that have active links to one another. The exact relationship between these compounds is not fully understood. Moreover, the way bread is digested in the body is another amazingly intricate process. No wonder the psalmist sang: "How many your works are O Jehovah! All of them in wisdom you have made"! (Psalm 104:24) Are you similarly moved to laud Jehovah?
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 3:9, 10)

And speaking of culinary Scriptural references,...it's pretty impressive that an ancient bread recipe (recorded in the Bible thousands of years ago), has become such a popular and highly recommended brand in our modern "wholefood" markets, since "Ezekiel Bread" is considered one of the healthiest types you can eat.
"And as for you, take for yourself wheat and barley and broad beans and lentils and millet and spelt, and you must put them in one utensil and make them into bread." (Ezekiel 4:9)