By Richard Sison | 2013
There is an ancient Jewish blessing of the bread that goes this way: "Barukh Ata Adonai Eloheynu Melech ha olam hamotzee lechem meen ha Aretz, Amen". When translated into English: "Blessed are you Oh LORD our GOD, King of the Universe who brings forth bread from the Earth, Amen". This ancient prayer has a lot of significance and can be traced as far back to Ezra. Jewish people used this ancient prayer starting from their return from Babylonian exile even up to today. They would use it during Feasts and Shabbat dinners. If we examine it carefully, does the bread literally come from the Earth? The wheat and other grains, which is the main ingredient of the bread comes from the Earth but not he bread per se. Technically all foods come from the Earth but why blessing for bread has been singled out as coming from the Earth? Why is this prayer set up this way?
I believe that the LORD GOD inspired His people to pray in this manner as a prophecy then a testimony of Yeshua`s (Jesus) first coming, death and resurrection from the dead. Let us examine a few passages:
1. Yeshua is the Bread of life (John 6:48)
2. This Bread came down from heaven for men to eat and not die (John 6:50)
3. This Bread is the body of Christ (1 Cor 11:24)
4. This Bread proclaims the Lord`s death (1 Cor 11:26)
Examining this prayer, "…who brings forth bread from the Earth" makes a lot of sense. You cannot bring something "out from the Earth" unless it was first "brought into the Earth". Yeshua, who is the Bread of life, the Unleavened Bread (meaning the sinless One), came down from heaven, was buried under the earth for a time (3 days and nights according to the Scripture) and was raised to life from the Earth on the third day! This prayer is a testimony to the Jewish people and it is an utterance of GOD`s redemptive plan to the Jews first then to the Greeks (nations) – Rom