A Buttered Bagel from the Heavens


One day I was walking on San Bonita near Concordia Seminary, when a bagel landed at my feet.

It wouldn’t be the first-time bread came from heaven.  In the time of Moses, the Israelites came out of their tents one morning and found the ground was covered with some fine flake like things.  “What is it?”  Moses said, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

Psalm 78 makes the event sound like the flood. “God… opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down on them manna to eat… Man ate the bread of angels…”

In John 6, Jesus tells the people they should work for the bread that gives eternal life.  That work is to “believe in him whom he (God) has sent.”

Jesus offers us something even more heavenly than a cinnamon crunch orb.  “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Now that’s even better than a buttered bagel falling from the heavens.

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