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by Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Two packages of dry yeast. Use one package to show the children what yeast looks like in a dry form. Add the other package of yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar to ¼ cup of warm water (about the temperature of a baby’s bottle). Let the mixture set for at least five minutes (can be longer.) If the mixture bubbles and smells like bread the yeast is alive and active.
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Here is a lesson about how bread is made. Only a few ingredients are needed: flour, water, salt, yeast and sugar. For bread to be light the most important ingredient is yeast.
Bakers yeast is actually a very small plant that grows, branches, and forms buds. Bakers do a little test to make sure the yeast will work before they put all the ingredients together. They place yeast in a cup with a small amount of warm water and a pinch of sugar. The warm water and sugar make the yeast bubble. This way bakers know the yeast is alive, will grow, and make the bread rise. It will do the work it is suppose to do in the bread dough. This is called proofing the yeast.
In the Bible Jesus tells us, “I am the living bread which came down out of heaven” (6:51).
We can think of what he said in this way: Jesus is the real deal. He came to live on this earth as a real man. His life and the miracles he performed while on earth are like letting us see that his love is alive and growing. His love does what’s it is suppose to do – make our lives bubble with love. We could say Jesus is our proof.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan