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I was reading Psalm 78 which is a poetic history of God's dealings with Israel. Tucked among the verses were these words, "Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat."
The primary connotation is to manna, the bread that God miraculously provided his people as they returned to the Promised Land after being in slavery in Egypt. A secondary meaning is that God is the source of the food that we need, and he is faithful to provide for us. Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."
All of the biblical references to bread have been somewhat troubling to me as a Type O. Like when Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." Why would God use the image of bread so often when Type Os, the most numerous of all the types, don't do well eating wheat? There is some evidence that ancient bread was made of grains more like the neutral kamut and amaranth. What we call wheat today is a modern hybrid that people of Bible times wouldn't have recognized.
It is also a consolation that God's recipes, Ezekiel bread that is neutral and Essene bread that is beneficial, are good for Type Os. But still I have been uncomfortable reading such inspiring words about a food that brings me poor health.
The Christian worldview teaches that God created a perfect world (garden of Eden), which has been corrupted by sin. The evil things in today's world are the results of sin. The good things are merely a shadow of the perfection that God intended.
That's what I thought of when I read the words, "bread of angels." Bread, as we know it on earth, is a poor imitation of God's idea of bread. When he fed his people in the wilderness, he did not give them sliced white bread in plastic wrappers. He gave them the bread of angels. One day when all is made anew, and we see how God really intended things to be, even Type Os will be able to eat our fill of bread.