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The Bread of Life

During the First Temple period Jerusalemites ate mainly the natural crops that are typical of the region: “a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey” (Deuteronomy 8:8). The usual diet contained few vegetables, mainly those that grew wild in the fields (garlic and wild onion). Meat was enjoyed only by the privileged rich; ordinary people would have meat only at the Passover sacrifice or on particularly important occasions. Other foods of the common people included the eggs of wild fowl, milk, cheese, and butter. David, going out to his brothers who were in the camp of the army fighting the Philistines, brings them cheeses (1 Samuel 17:18).

The limited information we have suggests that in the biblical period it was customary to have two daily meals. A late-morning meal, which also served as a break in the workday, would probably consist of bread dipped in olive oil or in wine vinegar, toasted wheat, olives, figs or some other fruit, and water or a little diluted wine. A meal like this was eaten by Ruth the Moabite and Boaz (Ruth 2:14). The main meal was taken in the evening, before dark, and consisted of a common pot of soup or a broth of seasoned legumes into which the diners dipped slices of bread to scoop out the helping.

“Further, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer. Put them into one vessel and bake them into bread” (Ezekiel 4:9). The Land of Israel lies in the wheat belt where the culture of flour and bread as a universal food base developed. From the Bible we know of leavened bread and matzah, but also halah, wafers, bread morsels, and cakes. Bread was baked in an oven heated by twigs, placed on hot stones and covered with cinders or coals, or it might be fried in an iron pan. Other food-grains were damp green seeds (“carmel”, “melilot”), wheat stalks of which the seeds were toasted in fire, such as David ate during his flight from Absalom in the desert, and gruel made of ground wheat, groats, or a baked mixture of ground wheat and meat.

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/eating-in-historical-jerusalem

In fact, scholars estimate that bread made up 50–75 percent of the average person’s diet. It was the food staple of the ancient world.

What Did People Eat and Drink in Roman Palestine?

Like many ancient societies, the Israelites were dependent upon cereals; so much so that the word for bread, “lechem,” is synonymous with food.

Biblical Bread: Baking Like the Ancient Israelites

From the above, we can clearly see that grains, and more specifically, bread, was the essential staple, the food for life, in first century Israel.


I AM the Bread of Life.

 “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35) is one of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. Jesus used the same phrase “I AM” in seven declarations about Himself. In all seven, He combines I AM with metaphors which illustrate His saving relationship with the world. All appear in the book of John.

John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Bread is considered a staple food—i.e., a basic dietary item. A person can survive a long time on only bread and water. Bread is such a basic food item that it becomes synonymous for food in general. We even use the phrase “breaking bread together” to indicate the sharing of a meal with someone. Bread also plays an integral part of the Jewish Passover meal. The Jews were to eat unleavened bread during the Passover feast and then for seven days following as a celebration of the exodus from Egypt. Finally, when the Jews were wandering in the desert for 40 years, God rained down “bread from heaven” to sustain the nation (Exodus 16:4).

All of this leads to the scene being described in John 6 when Jesus used the term “bread of life.” He was trying to get away from the crowds to no avail. He had crossed the Sea of Galilee, and the crowd followed Him. After some time, Jesus inquires of Philip how they’re going to feed the crowd. Philip’s answer displays his “little faith” when he says they don’t have enough money to give each of them the smallest morsel of food. Finally, Andrew brings to Jesus a boy who had five small loaves of bread and two fish. With that amount, Jesus miraculously fed the throng with lots of food to spare.

Afterward, Jesus and His disciples cross back to the other side of Galilee. When the crowd sees that Jesus has left, they follow Him again. Jesus takes this moment to teach them a lesson. He accuses the crowd of ignoring His miraculous signs and only following Him for the “free meal.” Jesus tells them in John 6:27, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” In other words, they were so enthralled with the food, they were missing out on the fact that their Messiah had come. So the Jews ask Jesus for a sign that He was sent from God (as if the miraculous feeding and the walking across the water weren’t enough). They tell Jesus that God gave them manna during the desert wandering. Jesus responds by telling them that they need to ask for the true bread from heaven that gives life. When they ask Jesus for this bread, Jesus startles them by saying, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

This is a phenomenal statement! First, by equating Himself with bread, Jesus is saying he is essential for life. Second, the life Jesus is referring to is not physical life, but eternal life. Jesus is trying to get the Jews’ thinking off of the physical realm and into the spiritual realm. He is contrasting what He brings as their Messiah with the bread He miraculously created the day before. That was physical bread that perishes. He is spiritual bread that brings eternal life.

Third, and very important, Jesus is making another claim to deity. This statement is the first of the “I AM” statements in John’s Gospel. The phrase “I AM” is the covenant name of God (Yahweh, or YHWH), revealed to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). The phrase speaks of self-sufficient existence (or what theologians refer to as “aseity”), which is an attribute only God possesses. It is also a phrase the Jews who were listening would have automatically understood as a claim to deity.

Fourth, notice the words “come” and “believe.” This is an invitation for those listening to place their faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God. This invitation to come is found throughout John’s Gospel. Coming to Jesus involves making a choice to forsake the world and follow Him. Believing in Jesus means placing our faith in Him that He is who He says He is, that He will do what He says He will do, and that He is the only one who can.

Fifth, there are the words “hunger and thirst.” Again, it must be noted that Jesus isn’t talking about alleviating physical hunger and thirst. The key is found in another statement Jesus made, back in His Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” When Jesus says those who come to Him will never hunger and those who believe in Him will never thirst, He is saying He will satisfy our hunger and thirst to be made righteous in the sight of God.

If there is anything the history of human religion tells us, it is that people seek to earn their way to heaven. This is such a basic human desire because God created us with eternity in mind. The Bible says God has placed [the desire for] eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The Bible also tells us that there is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven because we’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23) and the only thing our sin earns us is death (Romans 6:23). There is no one who is righteous in himself (Romans 3:10). Our dilemma is we have a desire we cannot fulfill, no matter what we do. That is where Jesus comes in. He, and He alone, can fulfill that desire in our hearts for righteousness through the Divine Transaction: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). When Christ died on the cross, He took the sins of mankind upon Himself and made atonement for them. When we place our faith in Him, our sins are imputed to Jesus, and His righteousness is imputed to us. Jesus satisfies our hunger and thirst for righteousness. He is our Bread of Life.

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TradeBait2

So do I sell all my Made in China stuff or just burn it?

Asking for a friend.

cthulhu

Neither. You look inside the box and figure out what it’s doing.

As an example, the Fiancee and I have internet-ready televisions. They are NOT plugged-in to the internet. We’ve got internet-ready Blu-Ray players. They are NOT plugged-in to the internet.

If I want to get tricky, I can take a Raspberry Pi and have it pretend to be a router — then let the TVs or other equipment think it’s an internet connection. Then see what the TV asks for.

For other things made in China, use ’em up to their full extent and replace from elsewhere.

Barb Meier

Nice start on a boomerang, chulhu. After you know what they ask for, it would be lovely to send them something like an info glitter bomb.

Deplorable Patriot

Depends on what it is. If it’s electronics, recycle. If it’s durable goods, use until it falls apart and replace with higher quality stuff. Yeah, it’s more expensive, but it will last longer. Hopefully.

cthulhu

Most electronics can be used up before recycling (being that electronics recycling is generally done overseas). It’s just that each piece should be evaluated both for utility but also for security implications.

As an example, there is a Chinese company, SIEG, that makes machine tools. https://www.siegind.com/ . If you buy small lathes and mills from Little Machine Shop, Grizzly, Harbor Freight, or a variety of other companies — they are generally made by SIEG. These are of good quality and sufficient for a wide variety of purposes. They send no data anywhere.

When you evaluate their machine tools for security purposes, the greatest risk is that all budding machinists will be practiced with SIEG devices. Yes, you may want to upgrade to a South Bend lathe or a Bridgeport mill, like the ones that won WWII….but you shouldn’t be looking at pushing SIEG stuff overboard, just because it’s Chinese.

Cuppa Covfefe

How clever ot them. Sieg means victory or win in German. They are probably trying to appear to have German quality. Grundig and some other traditional, quality names (e.g. Rollei) are now Chinese…

The joys of Wireshark… and highly-configurable routers (like FRITZ!Box(en)…

RDS

bakocarl, thank you for a beautiful lesson today.

cthulhu

We are so fortunate to be able to share bakocarl**.

** I almost posted, “we are so fortunate to be able to share him” but realized that the context could easily be confused with “we are so fortunate to be able to share Him.”

gil00

Dont be out probably drunk and high, just outsude the GAY bar, fighting, in the middle of a dark street at 5 am. Especially in chicago.

TradeBait2
Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Would love it to happen, but it never will.

They cannot afford to be confronted with the Depop question on video, where AI can determine if they’re lying or telling the truth.

mollypitcher5

TradeBait2

Sorry, Mike. They didn’t miss it. They probably knew all about it before it happened.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Absolutely. This is a MESSAGE FROM HILLARY CLINTON about “free speech”.

And NOT the first one, either.

That Bolshevik bitch has been RELENTLESSLY opposed to free speech.

ALWAYS REMEMBER that she tried to weaponize her own Benghazi failure / blowback against free speech. “It was a video.”

REMEMBER?

And which LIAR rode point on that one? SUSAN RICE.

Who is now running the government under Obama, behind disposable old white guy, “Dementia Joe” Biden.

GET THIS CREW OUT OF THERE.

THE COUP CREW is GOOD FOR THE POKEY!!!

SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA

Just be sure to send them to the real pokey, not the hokey pokey.

That’s what it’s all about.

Last edited 1 month ago by SteveInCO · Thermonuclear MAGA
Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

LOL!!!

Cuppa Covfefe

Make sure they put their wrong foot in… the Monkey Poxey…

Cuppa Covfefe

They probably tipped the perp off as to where Rushdie would be.

Heck, they probably planned it all for him.

Ferret Jarrett and a bunch of Øbløwhøle’s cronies/minions/buttbuddies are Iranians…

gil00

If you like the USA to get worse, then by all means dont vote in November.
People already are forgetting it all.

then

gil00

Local enough. Definitely sad enough. Entirely avoidable. FJB and his entire commie entourage.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

File this under “good news that troubles WEF”.

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Royal Peasant
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Moderna CEO: “I’m in the process of throwing 30 million doses into the garbage because nobody wants them. We have a big demand problem…Every country, and nobody wants to take them.”

TheseTruths

Why conservative media is not talking about The Pit:
https://rumble.com/v1g0xfb-just-human-first-thoughts-on-the-info-op-that-was-the-pit..html

I’m watching/listening to this video by Just Human about his experience at The Pit. His overarching impression is that it was a handoff of information from G&C to the researchers. At about 9:00 in the video he says G&C asked them to hold off on posting all the details until they post all the sources for the information on Monday. At 10:30 he promises that this is huge and once all the info is available and all the attendees present it, people will understand that they had to handle it in the way they did.

He agrees that it is bigger than 2000 Mules but understands that people are disappointed that the big news wasn’t dropped in a finished package. He says people in the room were riveted and ready to start right then. He also is concerned for G&C and what is going to happen.

TheseTruths

He says we have to vote. Don’t let people tell you that it’s so rigged that voting is no use. We have to try to overwhelm the cheating if possible. If you can be a poll watcher, do that. The more patriots present, the less opportunity for bad actors to be there.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Good stuff. Thank you!!!

TheseTruths

YW!

TheseTruths

Just Human is looking forward to telling the story they were told once all the evidence is available. The info will be available on open.ink — maybe tomorrow.
(When you go there, you have to sign up with your name and email address to get access.)

Here’s what I’m gathering from him:
● It’s a very serious situation, with bad news of major flaws and vulnerabilities in our election systems that are still there.
● We all knew this, but it’s much bigger than we thought.
● We will understand, once we get the data, why they’re being so careful.
● Midterms are less than 3 months away, and we have to make sure that we and everyone we know still votes.
● It was an enjoyable event, and there is an intangible strengthening quality about getting patriots together. The enemy wants us divided, and we can’t let that happen. The event made them even stronger through new friendships made.

Last edited 1 month ago by TheseTruths
Tonawanda

If they were being so careful, especially knowing how deflating the actual presentation to the public would be, why was it relentlessly sold as a bombshell?

It certainly was anticipated as a bombshell.

Putting aside the specific motivation for over-hyping the announcement, what possible sense did the hype make?

Cuppa Covfefe

Yep. People should not be “woke”, rather they should be AWAKENED!

Discernment and a predisposition to dig deeper and investigate (e.g. the Missouri “SHOW ME” mentality/way ot life) are what are critically needed right now…

TheseTruths

Patel Patriot posted this on Gregg Phillips’ Truth Social:

Patel Patriot
Going to do my best to get you guys as much information and varying perspectives regarding the PIT. Here’s what the next few days will look like:
Monday
4:00 PM EST – @greggphillips interview
10:30 PM EST – PIT insights from @realpgunnels
@KateAwakening
@imyourmoderator
(Working on a few more)
Tuesday
10:30 PM EST – PIT insights from @justhuman @RichardTheSaint
Wednesday
10:30 PM EST – DPH
Aug 14, 2022, 21:59

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

I dropped my depop shot thinking on Tracy Beanz on Truth Social…..

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GracePatriot
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Tracy, your thoughts on this?

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Tracy Beanz
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I can’t imagine he’d sacrifice so many for optics and continue that while out of office. I think he just didn’t know and never was informed about the harm.

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Wolf Moon
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EXACTLY. Never informed – just like the NYT ironically admitted today, that IC did not trust Trump and withheld info.

I am now convinced that the virus and disease were designed as a population control scheme, with the shots being the goal. The point (for dupes) was “saving the planet” from climate change.

This is straight out of the depopulation / “climate change” ideas of Obama’s top science advisor, John Holdren.

No way was Trump read in on this.

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Wolf Moon
@WOLFM00N
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The power of this theory is that it explains all the “wrong” things that Fauci, Walensky, CDC, FDA, Pfizer, China, and all the rest did. Their goal was what they did beyond all apparent reason, if you ASSUME they had the same goal as us. They did not.

It explains the biology of the spike protein, and correlates to Fauci’s research interests.

It also explains why Trump was opposed from the beginning. A “climate denier” could not be President, and if so, could not be read in on the plan.

Aug 14, 2022, 23:32

TheseTruths

Yes! 👍🏼