[duh moments: daily bread]

[duh moments: daily bread]

At the Friday Study group last night, I had another “duh” moment.

A “duh” moment for me is when I suddenly realize something – and once you’ve realized that, it seems so obvious as in “How did I not see it before?”

Standing (there were 6 of us and only one bench) in the middle of a picturesque park on a beautiful May evening, we were discussing the Lord’s Prayer. It was a rather quick assessment of one of the most important parts of the New Testament, but we wanted to discuss the essentials so that later we would know what it was all about (there are people who are not believers [yet] in that study group, so there are times when we discuss the very basics, too).

As Fedya read the part “Give us this daily bread,” a light bulb lit up in my mind.

Sidenote: perhaps I am the only one who never thought of this before and maybe you’ve known about this for a long time… but for me, I just realized that last night.

Daily bread. 

It wasn’t just the simple idea of trusting God to provide. For Israelites – the nation that remembered the past – it was a reminder when God provided daily bread every single day when they were in the desert, having left the Egyptian slavery. They remembered that experience every year at Passover – they knew what it really meant, they knew it was real, they knew that God of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac is the God who provides, the YHWH-Jireh.

What “duh” moments did you have lately?

  • Mary

    Maurice Nicoll in his books “The Mark” and “The New Man” deals at some length with The Lord’s Prayer. He points out that the Greek word translated as “daily” does not mean daily. I can’t quote him at length here, but will paraphrase a short passage from “The New Man”: The bread we are asking for is trans-substantial bread, the guidance and nourishment for the development of our lives, the bread for successive and necessary stages of understanding.

    Speaking of people reciting the Lord’s Prayer Nicoll makes a telling point in “The Mark” that the whole of the Lord’s Prayer is addressing a high level in which talk of physical bread does not fit at all: “They do not think that it is extraordinary that this phrase should refer to physical nourishment; and they see nothing strange in the context: ‘Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses.’

    This is just a tiny example of Maurice Nicoll who is a very big light bulb for me. A man of genius. This small example is not enough to show the scope and depth of his thinking, but it gives a tiny flicker of light for those who might be interested.

    • Mary

      I have put an excerpt from “The Mark” as a note on Facebook.

    • Well, yes, the daily bread didn’t have to be the physical bread as in food. After all, we’re alive not by bread alone – but still. God does provide physical nourishment as well as spiritual one.

      Will check the book out – sounds intriguing.

      • Mary

        “The Mark” is challenging and probably not for everyone. For those who are open to further learning it provides the possibility to take a big step to higher understanding. It is not a quick read, but a book you can learn from for the rest of your life. The excerpt I have put on Facebook gives a taste of it.

  • Margaret Waage

    The more I think I know the more I discover I didn’t know! Great post!

    • Glad I could share with you 🙂

      And I love that quote “the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know” – that’s my constant companion these days of learning.

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