I’m not sure how to explain to you the things I’ve learned about God’s love for us with regard to the food we eat. I am not eloquent enough to explain the way Heavenly Father has explained this to me. The only thing I can do is to share scripture and my interpretation of these scriptures. Let me begin with John 6:27 – 35
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
This means to me that Jesus will feed us, just like He fed the 5000, just like He fed the 4000, and like he fed the apostles. We can seek Him to find the most nutritious food.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
The food that God the Father gives us does not perish. This is true with a natural start. First, the start does not perish. It becomes sour but it rises again when fed and watered. The bread itself theoretically dies when you bake it, but then it comes alive again, becomes more sour and when stored right does not perish in that sense. In fact if you take a piece of sourdough bread and add some flour and water, it will rise again.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
God gives us manna from Heaven too. I was talking to my dear Sister in Law, Melanie the other day. She is a Jehovah’s Witness. When I told her of the Natural Start I was working with, and that the yeast actually comes from the air. She said, “Like Manna?” I was so shocked, by the truth of it, It took me a minute to reply. She continued the comforting story from the scriptures that we both have known since our youth about the Israelites and the Manna from Heaven. But it had new meaning to me. Then, I remembered something my daughter had told me about when a woman kisses her baby, she takes in the germs and virus that may harm the child and creates the antidote and antibodies, specific to those germs and viruses, in her breast milk to keep her baby healthy and prevent disease. This made me think. Did Heavenly Father give the Israelites manna to clean their bodies of the impurities both spiritually and physically, to strengthen them to become a new nation? And is it possible that the Yeast the start collects from the air is an antidote to the germs and viruses embedded in the air we breathe?
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
There are so many similarities between Jesus Christ and naturally leavened bread. Here are just a few:
- Naturally leavened bread helps us digest our food, has antioxidant properties, and contains a lot of healthy bacteria. In the same way that when we follow Christ and His teachings we become healthy and pure, eating sourdough bread can keep us clean on the inside.
- Sourdough feeds us only as well as we feed it. The bread we make with sourdough taste only as good as we treat the sourdough itself. If we feed it regularly and keep it at a good temperature, the bread we make will rise beautifully and taste yummy. If we do not care for it, the bread will be hard as a brick and taste sour. Jesus Christ says to love one another. By loving and caring for the start, it will love and care for us.
- Every time we refresh the start we feed and water it. When it is sour the process can cure the start from it’s sour flavor and revive it to rise again. It reminds me of baptism and repentance. No matter how sour we become because of sin or anger, we can become clean again through repentance. It brings new meaning to the words, “Fresh Start.”
- That brings me to the idea that the bread never dies. It has everlasting possibilities. If left in a dry place, not in plastic, the bread will not mold, simply dry up, and when fed again and watered, will rise again. Like Jesus Christ, the bread made from the yeast in the air lives and gives us life. And while a start can look dead, it will rise again in the same way Jesus Christ was resurrected on Easter morning.
- In the end, there is much controversy about bread. The world would say, “Do not eat it. Stay away from bread of any kind. It will make you fat, ugly and or sick.” At the same time, the world says that the teachings of Christ are outdated, silly and uneducated. And if we live His teachings, we will be publicly shamed, ridiculed, fined, jailed and in some cases, publicly beheaded. Ironically, if Americans ate just a little less meat and more bread, everyone in the world would have enough to eat. What does that say about Christ? If everyone lived by His teachings, we would all eat and be filled. If a = Christ and b = Sourdough Bread and a is equal to b, than a and be are interchangeable. If the world says stay away from bread, they are also saying stay away from Christ. If the scriptures say, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.” Then, we know that Heavenly Father gives us both Bread from Heaven and Christ from Heaven. One to save our bodies the other to save our souls.
There are so many questions about what to put into our mouths these days. So much worry goes into our meals, and what we feed our children. Let us no longer be afraid. Let us consider the health benefits of eating grains, naturally leavened by the heavens, and provided to us by a loving Father. Let us come unto Christ and never hunger and believe on Him and never thirst. This is my prayer for us all.