Day 236 – The Lord’s Prayer

Today’s reading: Luke 11:1-26

In Chapter 11, Luke’s version of the “Our Father” is a little shorter:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4

Recall, what we discussed way back when we started in Matthew.  The word for “daily bread” was actually never known to have been used before IN HISTORY until it appears in the original Greek of the New Testament.  Linguists actually have no idea what it specifically means.  It actually literally translates to “super substantial bread” or possibly “bread for tomorrow”.  With all the bread and references to bread, we have seen up until now you should be starting to see the pattern.  Bread is something more than bread when related to Jesus.  Jesus calls himself, “the bread of life”.  The Lord’s Prayer with this unique word is presented just after the feeding of the 5,000.  It would have come right after the Bread of Life discourse.  At the Last Supper, Jesus holds bread in his hands and says, “this is my body” using the same words, gestures, and patterns of actions as in the multiplication of the loaves.

Bread is a thread that runs through the Old and New Testaments.  It is the food for the family meal God has prepared.

Tomorrow: Luke 11:27-54

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