Child’s bread

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” Matthew 15:26

Who are the Children who eats this Bread? What really is this bread?

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God John 1:12

This bread is a special bread and the one who receives this bread are also special too.

Old testament says that

1. Bread should be set regular before the Lord

The Bread is to be set before the Lord regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites. Leviticus 24:8

2. New bread should be hot

When this bread gets over, it is replaced by the Hot Bread. 1 Samuel 21:6

There are the few instance in the bible that deals with bread.

  1. David receives bread from Ahimelek.
  2. Elijah received bread from Zarephath widow.
  3. Melchizedek gives bread to Abraham
  4. Jesus gives bread to disciples during the last supper.

1. David-Ahimelek

David, the anointed king fled from Saul was left alone, he went to Ahimelek the priest and asked for the bread. Ahimelek the priest gave him the consecrated bread which was before the Lord.

David who was the Patriach of the tribe receives bread from Ahimelek, the priest.

Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.
And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel. I Samuel 21: 3-5

2. Elijah-Zarephath

When there was a severe famine in the land, God fed Elijah through a widow from Zarephath. She had only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. But God made Elijah to make the handful of flour and a little oil to never dry from her home until the Lord sends rain on the field.

Elijah who was to come was sent to Zarephath window though there were many widows at then.

And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. I Kings 17: 13-15

3. Melchizedek gives bread to Abraham

Melchizedek, the priest of most high God and the King of Salem brings bread and wine to Abraham. It is known that Abraham was the forefather of faith.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. Genesis 14:18-20

4. Jesus gives bread to disciples during last supper.

Jesus Christ, the Son Of God and the priest offered his body as bread in the last supper.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me to finish His work. John 4:34

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matthew 26:26

Clearly, Bread now can be viewed as the Word of God, Body of Jesus Christ.