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Lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread

len Alfred Ajibola - 03rd November, 2022 @ 01:39 PM

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Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom

What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?

  • A. He will be restored to his former position

  • B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains

  • C. He will see his family again

  • D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison

  • E. He will die in prison

  • F. He will be shown mercy by the king

Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.

  • A. 3rd

  • B. 5th

  • C. 7th

  • D. 9th

  • E. 11th

  • F. 12th


Importance of Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread:

One of the most important teaching of Jesus in the gospel is seen in John 6:25-71. Here, Jesus declares himself and the bread of life (or the living bread). He declared this fact boldly, openly and with authority in John 6:53. It states thus: 'unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you, that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life'. The son of man in this bible verse refers to Jesus himself. Also, Jesus publicly declared himself as the bread of life in John 6:48. It states: 'I am the bread of life'.

Please read the introduction and explanations on Jesus' teaching as the living bread here

 

The miracle of feeding five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching as the living bread. This teaching of Jesus (as the living bread) had been explained in details via the link above. In summary, Jesus shows us that he is the loving saviour that provides food for our body and soul. Interestingly, the five thousand men unhesitatingly accepted the bread for the body but rejected that of the soul. In this regard, they turned their back on Jesus, failing to understand that he is the living bread that had come down from heaven, and of course, the perfect food for their soul. Importantly, Jesus still remains the ideal food for the soul of all mankind, even to the end of time.

Please read on the attributes of God here

 

This teaching is crucial for the soul of mankind. This is true because Jesus' body and blood is the ideal food for our soul. Without this food, one will likely lack the spiritual strength to journey into the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, in obedience to Jesus' command, christians must eat his body and drink his blood in the forms of bread (and wine). Jesus confirms this through his statement in Luke 22:19-20. It states: 'And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'

Notice that Jesus gave instructions on the breaking of bread (which signifies his body and blood) to be done in remembrance (or memory) of him. This action of Jesus confirms his declaration as the living bread (or bread of life).

You can read on the early years of Jesus here

 

Lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread

Below are the lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the living bread (or bread of life):


  1. Jesus signifies his body as the living bread and food for our soul. He did this without mincing words.

  2. This living bread (body of Jesus) is mandatory for our spiritual journey towards our heavenly homeland.

  3. Man must not depend on food for the body alone (ordinary bread) as this has insignificant effect towards our journey of salvation. Matthew 4:4 states that 'man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'.

  4. Jesus expresses his great love to the people by providing for them their physical bread; and more importantly, letting them understand in details that he is also their spiritual bread. Jesus shows this same love to us too.
    Please read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

  5. Our focus should be entirely on Jesus, not just signs and wonders. In this regard, the people wanted a sign as proof of Jesus' teaching, just as when manna fell down from heaven. However, they failed to realize that Jesus, the true and living bread who comes down from heaven is already in their midst, physically present in flesh and blood.

  6. Jesus declared himself as the only source of life through his teaching of himself as the living bread. He says: 'unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you, that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life' (John 6:53). Jesus is the 'son of man' in this bible reference.

  7. Just as the people were disappointed by focusing on the bodily or earthly bread, whoever focuses on earthly food and desires alone will also be disappointed on the day of God's judgement.
    Please read on the prodigal son and moral lessons learnt

  8. Jesus as the living bread emphasized the importance of holy communion in our soul.

  9. Through this teaching, Jesus shows us that he is the loving saviour that provides the food for our body and soul. Meanwhile, it is worthy of note to state that the food for our soul is far more important that that of the body. In regards to this, the gospel of Mark 8:36 states thus: 'what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul'?
    Please read on Jesus' teaching on giving here

  10. Jesus showed this teaching to his apostles the night before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. First Corinthians 11:24 states thus: After Jesus took the bread and broke it, he said, 'This is my body that is given up for you. Do this in memory of me'.

  11. Jesus eventually offered his life as a sacrifice for all mankind on the cross of calvary. This is indeed the living bread that came down from heaven, offering his body and blood as the spiritual food for our soul's salvation.
    Please read on the biblical account of first human disobedience here

  12. Outside Jesus, there is no salvation. In this regard, man cannot have spiritual life unless they eat the body and drink the blood of Jesus.

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here

Adam and Eve were able to commit sin (disobey God's command) because God had given them that special gift of free will.

The events written in Genesis 3:1-13 presents the story of the first human disobedience.

Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

Genesis 3:1

Moral Lesson: The devil can come in any form and can tempt any man, woman, boy or girl, as far as he or she is of the age of reasoning.

Sometimes, satan creeps into one's life by asking simple questions. Notice that the snake (satan) did exactly this when it approached Eve to tempt her. To this end, we need to be at alert prayerfully because the evil one can tempt any human in any situation, place and at any point in time

Attributes of God is defined as those characteristics that has to do with God.

The attributes of God will aid us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one has a complete knowledge of God's attributes.

Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.

Fortunately, we have all experienced one attribute of God or another in our daily lives. Infact, you are alive today (and able to read this write-up) simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.

Below are some of God's attributes:

  • God is sovereign

  • God is love

  • God is merciful

  • God is self-existent, infinite and immortal

  • God is completely independent

  • God is always good

  • God is immutable

  • God is perfectly wise

  • God is trinity

  • God is impeccable

  • God is self-sufficient

  • God is faithful

  • God is gracious

  • God is omniscient

  • God is omnipotent

  • God is omnipresent

  • God is jealous

  • God is just

  • God is holy

  • God is glorious

  • God is incomprehensible

Please read the explanations on God's attributes with relevant bible verses here

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here