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Man shall not live by bread alone

July 12, 2018

Once again we begin by taking a close look at the Word for the Day for July 12, 2018:

Matthew 4:4 (AMP):

But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’”

This verse, of course, is part of Jesus Christ’s response to the first prong of the temptation in the wilderness, whereby the Devil attempts to get the Savior to turn stones into bread. With each temptation Jesus responds with “It is written,” as Christ counters with Scripture, in this first instance, from a passage from the Pentateuch, specifically from

Deuteronomy 8:2-3:

2And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether would keep his commandments, or no.
3And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
Here God reminds Israel of their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness where He proved them and taught them a valuable lesson, the essence of which Jesus Christ repeats after having been in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food when he responds, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

I recall referring to this verse in a session of an English Grammar class I taught at Carolina College of Biblical Studies focusing the sentence, the basic unit of written communication. I shared that a complete sentence must have three elements:

• subject
• verb
• complete thought

Building a sentence is like making a sandwich: You must have two essential ingredients: two slices of bread (subject and verb), along with something to go in between (complete thought).

As writers, we can express our creativity in putting together a wide array of delicious sandwiches from the basic grilled cheese all the way to the “The Dagwood” with many layers stuffed with wide array of ingredients and condiments.

During this session I also share the derivation of the term sandwich. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “sandwich” is said to be named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), who once spent twenty-four hours at the gaming-table without other refreshment than some slices of cold beef placed between slices of toast. The word was first used in the late 1770s. The sandwich found its way into the American diet in the 19th Century and was particularly popular in the 20th Century.

During the period of time when I first developed the comparison of sentences to sandwiches, I was also participating in a clinical trial for Prostate Cancer at the James Cancer Treatment Center in Columbus, Ohio. The study involved eating two slices of bread each day, alternating between bread prepared with soy protein as its main ingredient and almond flour. These two experiences inspired this poem which I share at the end of the class session:

A New Bread, a New Class, a New Analogy

Daily: Eat the entire two slices. Both slices can be eaten at the same meal as a sandwich.

Nutrition-40 Soy Bread Study—OSU Medical Center

And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Luke 4:4

Halfway between the study I eat a new bread:
No longer soy-almond but pure soy bread instead.
As I am teaching a new class, I find a way
To help students understand what I’m trying to say
When I share that man shall not live by bread alone,
As Jesus said when asked to make bread from a stone.
To construct a good sentence, this I admonish:
You must build a sentence as you would a sandwich:
A subject and verb must express a complete thought.
This analogy helps students see what I taught:
One slice of bread is the subject, one slice the verb,
But “more” takes you from mediocre to superb.
Much more than two slices but what goes in between
Can be a work of art to convey what you mean.

We conclude our reflections by listening to the beauty and simplicity of words spoken by Jesus Christ set to music by Toby Pfeiffer: “Not by Bread Alone”:

Not by bread alone

July 12, 2017

The Verse of the Day for July 12, 2017 is found in Matthew 4:4 in the Message Bible:

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”

The King James Version renders the verse in this way:

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The verse is also rendered in a similar way in Luke 4:4

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

The Verse of the Day brings to mind two experiences that occurred about eight years ago when I participated in a clinical trial involving men with prostate cancer and two types of special bread: Soy and Almond. Participants were to eat two slices of bread each day for a period of time as blood samples were examined and other tests performed.

While simultaneously teaching a writing course, I developed an analogy for composing sentences in an essay. To help students understand how sentences were put together, I commented that sentences are like “sandwiches.” As a basic unit of written communication, a complete sentence must have three elements: a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. One slice of bread could be the subject, another slice the verb, and the complete thought would represent what goes in between.

Teaching the writing class while participating in the clinical trial and daily eating two slices of bread inspired a poem that captured the application of the Word of God in a unique way:

A New Bread, a New Class, a New Analogy

Daily: Eat the entire two slices. Both slices can be eaten at the same meal as a sandwich.
Nutrition-40 Soy Bread Study—OSU Medical Center

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Luke 4:4

Halfway between the study I eat a new bread:
No longer soy-almond but pure soy bread instead.
As I am teaching a new class, I find a way
To help students understand what I’m trying to say
When I share that “Man shall not live by bread alone,”
As Jesus said when asked to make bread from a stone.
To construct a good sentence, this I admonish:
You must build a sentence as you would a sandwich:
A subject and verb must express a complete thought.
This analogy helps students see what is taught:
One slice of bread is the subject, one slice the verb,
But “more” takes you from mediocre to superb.
Much more than two slices but what goes in between
Can be a work of art to convey what you mean.

“Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” from the Gospel of Matthew includes lyrics from Matthew 4:4

By bread alone: poetic inspiration

July 12, 2014

Luke-4-4

The Verse of the Day for July 12, 2014 is found in Matthew 4:4 in the New International Version:

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The King James Version renders the verse in this way:

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The verse is also rendered in a similar way in Luke 4:4

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

The phrase “by bread alone” brings to mind an experience that occurred five years ago when I participated in a clinical trial involving men with prostate cancer and two types of special bread: Soy and Almond. This particular study involved men diagnosed with prostate cancer with a slightly rising PSA. I learned about the program from my urologist Dr. Stephen Clinton, but at the time of my interest my PSA score had gone down, and I was not eligible. At that time, however, a recent doctor’s visit indicated a slight increase in my PSA, and I met with Beth Grainger, nutritionist and OSU faculty member, who explained the program in more detailed, and I decided to enroll.

As I was returning from my first visit with Beth, I smiled as a particular phrase came to mind: “. . . by bread alone.” This, of course, is part of Jesus Christ’s response to the first prong of the temptation in the wilderness, whereby the Devil attempts to get the Savior to turn stones into bread. With each temptation Jesus responds with “It is written,” as Christ counters with Scripture, in this first instance, from a passage from the Pentateuch, specifically from Deuteronomy 8:2-3:

 2And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether would keep his commandments, or no.

3And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Here God reminds Israel of their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness where He proved them and taught them a valuable lesson, the essence of which Jesus repeats after having been in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food when he responds, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Later I composed this poem inspired by the phrase “by bread alone” which is found in the Old Testament as well as the Gospels:

By Bread Alone

And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger,     

and fed you with manna, which you did not,

neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know

that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that

proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 8:3

 

But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by

every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4

 

We find that the Word of the Lord so plainly reveals

This profound truth: that “man shall not live by bread alone.”

When tempted Jesus responded, and thus he made known

How we can triumph in life’s most arduous ordeal,

As we come to know that God alone is good.

Each day we are sustained not only with daily bread

But by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth instead,

For we esteem His Word more than necessary food.

During this time of the soy-almond bread clinical trial,

I am still watching and waiting, looking above,

Ever striving to please the Master, serving in love,

Knowing that all my efforts will someday be worthwhile.

In yet another instance, I learn what faith reveals:

It is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord, my God, who heals.

 

The Bill Gaither Trio offer “Man Can’t Live by Bread Alone”

The closing couplet of the poem “By Bread Alone” brings to mind a song that has come to mean so much to me in the years following my diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2000: “I am the Lord that Healeth Thee.”