Posted by Forrest Parkinson

Q 6
Part 4 fin

Filled with Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was guided into the wilderness. Here he was put to the test by the devil for forty days. During that time he fasted and when it was over he was very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “if you are God’s son, turn this stone into a loaf of bread.” But Jesus replied, “Scripture says ‘People cannot live on bread alone.’”
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996)

Matthew 4:1-4
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was famished.
The tempter came and said to him,
‘If you are the Son of God,
command these stones to become loaves of bread.’
But he answered,
‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

Luke 4: 1-4
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing at all during those days,
and when they were over, he was famished.
The devil said to him,
‘If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’

Dear Jesus Way Friends

When I first started experimenting with my cooking hobby back in my college days, I became very attached some cookbooks. One quote from a favorite book seemed very profound to me and I wrote it down. Here it goes;

Bake the bread, and the yeast dies.
Slice it, butter it, eat it. Be thankful.
Tassahara Bread Book, page 10.

Bread is life. My life feeds off the gifts of a million times a million times contributions of others to me. Knowingly or not, other lives have given me my own. That is awesome. It is right to be thankful. Remember… Jesus never commanded bread. Jesus commanded us to share.

Our love is yeast for the world. Our generosity, overcoming selfishness, is our knowing and comprehending gift of nourishment to the world. Part of the spiritual imperative is to know, and participate in world-changing and life-changing actions. Sharing is love made personal and love made real.

Thankfulness is the recognition that we do not command our own lives. Our lives are given to us as much as the bread is given life by the yeast. And like the yeast, our purpose, maybe goes beyond our actions and are expressed after the “baking” the fulfillment of our lives.

Jesus did not command bread but spoke the words of Scripture. For bread alone is not the fullness of our life. We live the intentions of the Creator who Jesus called God and father.

Seeking Jesus’ way

Next Week
Test God?

Q 7
Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem
and made him stand at the top of the Temple.
“To prove you are God’s son” he said to him,
“jump down from here and remember, it is written;
‘He will send his Angels to guard you and catch you in their hands so you won’t even hit your foot on a stone.’”
Jesus answered him
“It has been said; ‘You must not put God to the Test.’”
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996) ref:
Luke 4: 9-12 & Matthew 4: 5-7