Word’s of Christ from Luke
Passage #2 Lesson 3
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
The next several lessons are going to key on bread but not bread alone.
Christ repeated a phrase several times in the gospel of John chapter six. He called himself “the bread of life.”
I am going to digress in this lesson to the parents of all mortals; Adam and Eve.
Adam was the first man created in God’s image in his fresh new body and ideal environment free from labor, disease, sickness, temptation, death, war, etc. Adam had nothing but time and eternity ahead.
There was only one law and that was to refrain from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. To eat of the forbidden fruit of this tree would result in certain death. All other trees were on the menu, including the fruit from the tree of life.
God saw that Adam needed a mortal companion and created from the rib of Adam a help mate which Adam called woman.
Satan always the crafty and insidious instigator of evil, made an appearance in the garden. True to his nature he corrupted this ideal eternal paradise of God by introducing sin and death to all mortals. Satan convinced our parents Adam and Eve that God was cheating them by withholding knowledge of good and evil from them. He convinced this couple that they could become equals with God by eating of the forbidden fruit.
The result of eating from this tree was not only death for the couple and all mortals to follow but cursing of the land, of the woman, of the man and of Satan.
All the evils which were absent before becoming “wise guys” sin, war, pestilence, death, sickness, pain, suffering etc. were now a common a condition and inheritance for all mortals.
Sin is infectious it sours, destroys, corrupts, continually without respect of God or man. From this point further men and women were to find themselves at odds with God, with each other, with Satan and with the world.
Man needed order and redemption thus In due time God, through God’s Law, God’s Words, decrees, commandments, covenants, sacrifices, ceremonies promises, prophets, priests, judges, kings, would secure a small group of mortals who had a right spirit within them to bring a modicum of peace and fellowship to themselves and to himself.
The bloodline of men descended from Adam to Abraham from Abraham to Christ is as follows:
Adam, Able (killed by Cain), Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalaiel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, Mary, Christ.
One of and the most distinctive characteristics of a redeemed called child of God is humility and a desire to serve.
My daily reading of scripture includes a chapter from the beginning of the Old Testament; next from the halfway point of the Old Testament; next from the three-quarter portion of the old Testament; then to the final reading, started at the first chapter of the New Testament.
This is the way it started. Now each time I get back to the point of beginning for any quarter portion of scripture I move the marker to Genesis and keep reading. The wonderful thing about this method of reading is how often common themes for the day become clear as I read.
This happened Tuesday as I was praying and asking for what God would have me write in this lesson and those to follow.
The theme that became very clear Tuesday was servant-hood. Which I will, with the help of the Holy Spirit, fit together, with “Christ the Bread of Life,”in the lessons to follow.