Stones and Bread

With the temptation to turn stones into bread, Jesus had entered into a ministry of stones. His previous ministry had been with wood—wood that was cut, smoothed, and shaped into implements and furniture which made living easier. But now He was among the stones and would be for the remainder of His time on earth. He would be surrounded by people and things that were hard, unyielding and unresponsive. It was not for the weak of heart.

And yet, none of this had to be. He possessed the power to do something about the stones. In the wilderness He could transform them from something that served no immediate purpose to soft, flavorful bread that would provide the nourishment His body hungered for.

Jesus’ response to Satan was the response of a faithful and true Son of God. He had subjected Himself to the full and complete reign of God in His life. And as such, He chose stones. He chose what Israel didn’t—to trust in His Father in the midst of wilderness.

This is how stones and bread speak to us today. Like Israel, we have been liberated and are headed toward promised land. As we make our way through the wilderness, there are stones along the way. To the immature, they are harsh obstacles to be avoided at all costs. When encountered, they immediately cry out to God and ask Him to turn them into sweet bread.

To the seasoned disciple, stones are part and parcel of our wilderness experience that the Spirit has brought us to and our Father will see us through. They are not obstacles that are in the way, they are obstacles that are the way. They are our stones and we trust Him to help us live with them. Choosing stones over bread is the corresponding reply to “This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  Choosing stones announces to the world, “This is My Father, I love Him and trust Him with my stones.”

May the redeemed of the Lord say so.

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