Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
The Bread Of Life: Luke 11:1-13 (Part 8)
Food For Thought
Then He said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;' and from inside he answers and says, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.' I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.'
Luke 11:5-8 (NAS)
Consider God's Word regarding bread:
Bread is life: 'They seek bread; They have given their valuables for food to restore life' (Lamentations 1:11). However, bread without God cannot sustain life: 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God' (Matthew 4:4).
Consider God's Word regarding Himself:
God is His Word: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1). Jesus became the Embodiment of God's Word on Earth: 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (John 1:14).
Therefore, Jesus is both 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35) and 'The Word' of God. He is 'The Living Bread which came down from Heaven' (John 6:51).
Consider this interpretation of The Parable of the Friend at Midnight: God is the Bread Giver. He is in bed (Heaven) with His beloved children (saints, angels and heavenly hosts). He has friends on Earth (disciples of Jesus) not yet living in Heaven.
Every day He feeds His disciples Bread (the Body of Christ, His Spirit and His strength), but He supplies It on a day-by-day, prayer-request basis.
In The Parable of the Friend at Midnight, one such disciple entertains an unsaved friend at midnight (meaning end times, the end of his friend's time or in his friend's darkest hour). The disciple knows his friend needs the Bread of Life, so He knocks on God's door (through intercessory prayer).
At first God doesn't answer... but with repeated knocking (praying), He gives of Himself to the disciple's friend. 'Today salvation has come to this house' (Luke 19:9).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.