Our Daily Bread
|Theme:||God supplies our every need - Proper 13 (18) B|
|Object:||Monkey Bread on a covered cake plate. (See the recipe at the bottom of the sermon.)|
|Scripture:||When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat. Exodus 16:15 (NIV)|
I have something under this cover this morning that I think you are going to like. When you see it, some of you may ask, "What is it?" because you have not seen it before. Are you ready to see it? Okay, here it is. (Remove the cover.)
Do any of you know what this is called? It is called Monkey Bread. I don't really know why it is called Monkey Bread, but I have heard some people say that it is called Monkey Bread because when you eat it, you pull it off and eat it one piece at a time much the same way that a monkey eats his food. Would you like to try some? It is really good! (Let all of the children eat a piece.)
When I said that some of you might say, "What is it?" when you saw the Monkey Bread, it reminded me of a story in the Bible. It is a story about something that happened to the Israelites when Moses was leading them out of Egypt. The Israelites had been wandering around in the desert for many years. Things were difficult and the people began to grumble and complain to Moses that they didn't have enough to eat. Moses told God about their complaining and God said, "I am going to rain down bread from heaven for you, and each day the people can go out and gather enough bread for one day."
The next morning when the people went outside their tents, the ground was covered with a fine, flaky substance. When they saw it, they asked, "What is it?" Moses answered them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat."
God told the people to gather only enough bread for one day. Do you know why he told them that? He said that because He wanted them to trust Him to send the bread that they needed each and every day.
God still provides what we need for each and every day, doesn't He? That is why Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."
Dear Father, just as you provided daily bread for your children in the time of Moses, you provide all our needs each and every day. For all of your goodness, we give thanks. Amen.
RECIPE FOR MONKEY BREAD