The French baguette is to France what the Eiffel tower is to Paris. It is an archetypal symbol that the French are proud of, even if they don’t eat as much of it as they used to!
But bread, one of man’s oldest staple foods, actually comes in a variety of shapes sizes and colors, and is as diverse as the people who make it.
Whether we eat lots of it or none of it, bread is a blessing that we must be thankful for, not a right that we are entitled to. It is a tangible reminder that we are dependent on God’s providence to sustain us every day.
This is why each Friday Jewish women bake two special loaves called Challah. These represent the double portion of heavenly manna God gave the Israelites to celebrate Shabbat* in the wilderness. Sometimes woven with six strands, the two loaves together represent the twelve tribes of Israel. When the evening meal begins after sunset the head of the household prays a blessing over this special bread: “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”
The Challah is then shared and dipped into salt to commemorate Israel’s eternal and imperishable covenant with God.
This special bread has to be baked every week for Shabbat. But Yeshua* the Lord of the Shabbat is the Bread of Life that never runs out. He is to the Jews and to the Gentiles the only daily bread that guaranties them to never be hungry again.
* Yeshua is the Hebrew name of Jesus.