Here is the second version of the sermon my Dad preached, “Bread corn is bruised.”
Bread corn is bruised Version 2
Isaiah 28:27-29 KJV – 27For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod. 28Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. 29This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
INTRO: The title of this message consists of only four words, but these four words of, “Bread corn is bruised,” are so very significant. For these four words gives us the answer as to why we must suffer, and be faced with trials and tests as Christian people.
The term, “Bread corn is bruised,” reveals the process whereby a corn of wheat is made into bread.
For the wheat grain must be bruised before they can be made into bread. The grains of wheat must be ground into a powdery meal before it can be mixed with all the other ingredients, and bread come forth from it. Then after the bread corn is bruised and made into bread it is ready to be consumed, in order that the body may be nourished and strengthened.
But the term, “Bread corn is bruised,” has more than a natural significance.
Isaiah wasn’t interested in giving us a teaching on how to make bread. The primary application of this Scripture is of a spiritual nature.
Isaiah is speaking of God’s people and letting them know that they will be at times bruised. Every time you go through a valley you are bruised. Every time you face a trial or test, you are bruised. Every time someone says something that hurts and cuts deep into us, we are bruised. Every time you face a financial crisis you are bruised. Every time you face a physical distress, you are bruised.
As a follower of Christ, we are being bruised for the same reason that Jesus was bruised.
Did you hear what I just said., as His children we are being bruised for the same reason that Jesus was. How can we offer compassion to others without suffering what others suffer? I know how to understand and have compassion with those who love the Lord and have loved ones die, because I have experienced the lost of loved ones myself. The only way we know how to help and understand someone who is ill is if we have suffered illness ourselves. In other words, the only way we can become bread for others is for us to be bruised.
Christ Jesus, our Savior, was the true bread of life.
Jesus said, I am the true bread that cometh down from heaven. But brother how did Jesus become that true bread? He became that true bread simply because He was God’s only begotten Son and He was bruised. In other words, Jesus became bread through His suffering. The reason He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days and nights to be tempted by the devil, was so He could understand and have compassion with us when are tempted. He became bread for us. There are times when the enemy tempts all of us, and not a one of us are immune to His temptation. At times these temptations seem so severe, they are almost impossible to resist. During times like this I find encouragement and strength in looking at the temptation of the Lord. For He was tempted more than any one realizes, yet He overcame. And because He overcame He became bread to those who are suffering temptation. Not only that, But I find strength from the fact that He understands when I am struggling to overcome the Devil’s temptations, for Jesus Himself faced it. He was bruised in the wilderness, and became bread for me, when I am struggling.
Jesus understands when we are in sorrow or broken hearted.
He understands when we are sick. He understands when we are hungry and the cupboard is bare. He understands when we are falsely accused. He understands when we are afflicted. He understands when our friends and loved ones desert us. He understands when we experience pain. He understands when we are grief-stricken.
Jesus understands because He experienced all these things. He experienced His beloved disciples deserting Him. He was rejected and despised of men. He was a man of sorrows aquainted with grief. He was a man smitten and afflicted. A man oppressed, who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
He faced these things for a reason, so that He might understand and be of assistance in our hour of need. He became bread for us so that we can find strength and nourishment.
Don’t think it is strange when you face fiery trials.
Neither be mistaken in thinking that God is judging you for some wrong that you have done. Realize that you may be in the process of being bruised in order to be bread for others. Someone out there, somewhere may be in need of understanding and compassion. Someone may need your help, and the only way that you can truly help, or understand is to face what they are facing. You must first be bruised in order to become bread for others.
No one enjoys being bruised, but if we will willingly submit yourself into the loving hands of our Savior and desire to be bread for others you’ll find that the sufferings of this present life are not be compared to the glories we shall receive over there.