Is there a ‘proper time’ to eat bread?

Have you ever really thought about the Lord’s Prayer? Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray correctly, but within that same chapter (Mt 6) there seems to be a contradiction… In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray “Give us today our daily bread” (Mt 6:11), but a few verses later Jesus tells his disciples “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Mt 6:31-32)… Huh? Didn’t Jesus just teach us to pray for our daily bread? And isn’t that worrying about ‘what we shall eat’?

But maybe this isn’t a contradiction…maybe we just have to correctly understand what Jesus meant when he taught us to pray “give us today our daily bread.”

In John 6 Jesus refers to himself as the “bread of life” (Jn 6:48). What else was Jesus? Jn 1:14 says that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This is referring to Jesus, he was the Word made flesh.

If Jesus is the ‘bread of life’ and also the Word made flesh, what is this bread that we are supposed to eat in order to have life (Jn 6:51)? It is Jesus’ spiritual flesh, which refers to Jesus’ words. Hearing and accepting them (eating his flesh, which is the bread of life) is what leads to eternal life.  

However, if this is misunderstood, or understood literally it can cause great confusion. Many people have turned away from Christianity because of this very teaching, in fact it is even recorded in the Bible that some of Jesus’ followers “turned back and no longer followed him” after hearing this teaching (Jn 6:66). Why? Because, “On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”  (Jn 6:60)

As for the “today” and “daily” parts (“Give us today our daily bread”)… They are both referring to a timeframe. When is the best time to eat? I can’t eat tomorrow’s lunch today, that is in the future, and I can’t eat yesterday’s breakfast today either, if I missed it I missed it. So when is the best time to eat a meal? Today! Basically this is telling us that we have to eat the bread at the proper time. We cannot eat it before we are supposed to, and if we miss the proper time to eat, the time has passed. Mt 24:45 talks about a similar thing: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants of his household to give them their food at the proper time?

At Jesus’ first coming the food was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies. They were all physically fulfilled through Jesus, and he testified about their fulfillment, yet the Pharisees did not accept his testimony. They did not eat the “food at the proper time,” and therefore did not receive life (John 5:36-40). However, the Bible does not end after Jesus ascends to heaven.
There are promises and prophecies in the New Testament that have to be fulfilled. The physical fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies becomes the “food at the proper time” for us. If we refuse to ‘eat’ this food, if we do not accept the testimony of the one God sends to testify (like Jesus at the first coming), then we are no better than the Pharisees 2000 years ago.

Let’s make sure we keep praying for our daily bread, so that we can eat at the proper time and receive life.

Have you ever baked your own (homemade) bread?


15 thoughts on “Is there a ‘proper time’ to eat bread?

  1. Wow..great post! So much good stuff here. We can miss out on so much when we don’t take heed to all of Christ’s words.

    Sadly, I am no baker. I’m pretty much a fail at it. I can do the pre-made things, but bread….no lol

    • Isn’t it amazing how deep God’s word is?! It always leaves me in awe and amazes me how he tells us everything we need to know before it happens so that we can believe when it is fulfilled (Jn 14:29).

      About the baking…haha, practice makes perfect. But, like I mentioned above, I didn’t have too much success with my bread making endeavor either! :D

  2. well written ,that is what we are missing today,

    we spend whole our life in struggling for a life which includes all needs and luxuries but we forget to take a moment to feel this blessing to live a true ALIVE AND PEACEFUL life,

    • Hi Shabana, I agree. We as people as so consumed with riches, wealth and luxuries, that we forget there is something greater than all those things…
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, love hearing from you!

  3. Excellent understanding. It’s interesting to note how we assuming the Bible contradicts itself, yet in reality if you say that, you are saying that God really makes very little sense. God never changes his mind or contradicts himself, He knows exactly what He is talking about, the question is, do we????
    Thanks HL… I love baking, pity I don’t have an oven right now though, you’ve made me crave some real homemade goodness :P

  4. Blessings to you and yours. You will never know how many times hat God has provided for us in times when we did not know where our next meal is coming from. We have totally sold out for God! Thank you for all your correspondence!

    • Hi Mark, good to hear from you. I always enjoy chatting, so feel free to email any time!
      God does promise that He will look after us, He knows our needs, and it is an amazing blessing when He provides for those needs!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing :)

  5. The bible is always full of contradiction but I believe God has his reasons why we need to see and find out the meaning of each because if God becomes very literal and straightforward, we no longer appreciate the mystery of life and our existence. The only assurance that he provides is that when our faith is true and our worship comes from our hearts, God is surely willing to help us understand them.

    • I agree we have to truly, with all our heart, seek wisdom and understanding! And Mt 7:7-8 as well as James 1:5 are good verses to remember too :)
      God sees the hearts of those who truly seek him, and his word.

  6. We make our own bread all the time and I have never seen a bad time to eat bread.

    When we are praying for our daily bread we are both asking for the bread of life to be present and for our physical needs to be met. While we are not to fret over the needs we are told to ask of our Father in heaven and He will supply our needs.

    The children of God need not worry when they cast their bread upon the waters.

    God bless and keep the Faith

    • I love bread, so if I regularly made my own I would probably never find a bad time to eat bread either :)

      I agree God provides for His children (Mt 6:25-30), all we have to do is ask, seek, and knock (Mt 7:7-8)…oh, and believe and not doubt (James 1:6)

      Thanks for sharing Luther!

  7. I have! I was really into it for awhile. But I was eating like half a loaf a day, which is a little much on the c
    arbs :)

    Love your theme, by the way!

    • I am impressed! But I have to admit I would have the same problem if I made my own bread and it was available in abundance – my whole diet would be carbs.

      Thanks for stopping by, and glad you like the theme :)

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