Matthew 4:4 (Deut 8:3) “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
In the challenging statement that is used as a heading for this topic; Jesus was not stating a new principle. In fact he was quoting from Deuteronomy. 8:3. In all ages of time the Lord has tried to get his people to realize that physical, material things are only to be used by us but that our trust must be in the spiritual things. So, in this verse he said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
So again let us plead for that spiritual emphasis for this life. Let us determine to re-evaluate the things that are material so that we may see the full and important values of the spiritual aspects of life. Often all of us may show too much concern for “bread” for ourselves and others. Indeed, he that will not work should not eat (II Thess. 2:10), and we are to labor so that we may have to give of life’s necessities to others (Eph. 4:28). Yet we must remember that it would be better to starve our body than to allow our soul to be deprived of the “bread of life.”
Material things may satisfy some fleshly desires for a time, but lasting satisfactions are to be had, even in this life, only through spiritual processes. Man needs bread for physical life but more than that; Man needs spiritual food from God’s word.
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