There are many translations out there, I picked a few. Bread is mentioned in the Bible: NKJ 346 times in 315 verses, KJV 361 times in 330 verses, NIV 271 times in 250 verses and NAS mentioned bread 316 times in 286 verses. Wow! That's a lot of bread. (I didn't count them myself, it was listed in a Strong's Concordance). It takes me long enough to post. hehe.
If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.
Robert Browning, English poet, (1812-1889)
I have to admit I love good bread. I've also been known to bake some awesome loaves a time or too. Today, the recipe I use far surpassed and exceeded my expectations; in the bread department. This bread will tempt any true bread lover and possibly a non-bread lover. That is if there's such a person! Pain De Provence; makes 1 delicious loaf. I got it from The Rustic Loaf site. http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/paindeprovence
You make a poolish (starter) the day before. You also use Herbes de Provence. I used my own mix. The other ingredient that makes this a bit different is Grand Marnier, or one of the like. (Does this make sense?)
I used my baking stone, and with a water in a pan below, makes the crust very rustic.
The smell is awesome from the herbs. Your whole kitchen has this wonderful aroma the entire time it's baking.
And, when it's finally ready to count into. . .Ahhhhhhhhh You just can't get that satisfaction in a store!
Now, this bread might take care of our stomachs. We can't live on that alone.
We all go through deserts, valleys and wildernesses in our lives. We are continually tempted. And, our faith is put to a test. Jesus was tempted far beyond what we could possibly ever comprehend. Yet He sinned not. He relied on God's Word. He wasn't defeated. He's the victor. God gives us, through His Word and fellowship with Him, means to resist temptations. And, the means to fight those battles that ultimately test our faith. I know in my own life, it's been especially hard the past several months. When you don't always see answers to your prayers. But, I know I have to hold on for the battle's already been won. No matter how hard it is.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Below is a favorite; I guess the mood I'm in. And what does it all have to do with bread? Man hungers for spiritual food and He is the bread of Life.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39