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AFTER THIS MANNER PRAY ("The Lord's Prayer"), Part 2
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Bread, in Matthew 6:111, as it often does in the scriptures, stands for food in general. The Hebrew word translated, bread----- in Genesis 3:19, means, "bread, food, grain" and food (in general)," according to Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver, and Charles Augustus Briggs (Brown-Driver-Briggs). George B. Eager writes in
In the East bread is primary, other articles of food merely accessory; while in the West meat and other things chiefly constitute the meal, and bread is merely secondary. Accordingly "bread" in the Old Testament, from Ge 3:19 onward, stands for food in general.
An example of this can be found in Genesis 18:1-8 where the angels visited Abraham. He told them, "And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant" (Gen 18:5). Yet, he had Sarah to make cakes of bread and had the servants to prepare a calf which he gave to the three men.
God told recently fallen man in Gen 3:19:
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
James Burton Coffman writes:
Note that the prayer is not for cake, or wine, or luxuries, but for bread, and that for only one day at a time. Millions today do not pray this prayer meaningfully because they have a week's supply in the refrigerator, including luxuries. One should not pray for "my" daily bread but for "our daily bread." Thus is reaffirmed the principle of man's
1. All scripture references are from the King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.↩