When Jesus talked about how to pray he spoke of "our daily bread". He said we should ask our Father in heave to provide for it and he told Peter and the apostles to feed his sheep and not be like the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other.
This reference to daily bread by Benefactors who did not exercise authority or Covetous Practices but love is a major theme of the Bible. Christ and John the Baptist and all the apostles talked about charity as the source of our daily bread.
The phrase "free Bread and circuses" (or bread and games) was used by Rome and many of those states who followed in the ways of Rome. Bread and circuses (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement.
In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or moral public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow wantonness of a populace, as an offered "palliative". 
There is always a need for some form of social welfare to hold society in good health. There are two types of welfare used to provide for the needs of society.
Juvenal decried one of them as a simplistic motivation of common people with a disregard to the consequences to others. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.
Basically it describes the system of religious but public welfare of the Roman State which was run through the Temples. Public religion was at the Roots of the Welfare State. It from time to time included all social welfare provided by the Patronus of Rome from free bread and general food supplies including wine and surplus cheese to actual cash or even health care provisions and education.
The funds collected were legislated as a tax to the members who signed up for these systems of qorban in Rome or Corban in Judea. Members were required to contribute. The Baptism of Herod set up a similar system through the Temple he built. The funds collected were public but considered sacred. But they were not the result of charity and love but enforced by exercising authority of the state.
The funds were held in a treasury also called by some Corban and administered by the public system of welfare through the synagogues. Rome of course was doing the same through their own temples and to satisfy other people within his government Herod also bill the temple of Roma. Because they were not dependent upon charity but upon contract they were called the unrighteous mammon by Christ. Eventually that system showed decay and corruption that ate up the funds of the treasury and the entrusted contribution to that system until it was bankrupt.
Of course the Apostles and eventually Paul, provided daily bread by appointing men elected by the people to handle the charitable contributions of the people under the overseer-ship of the Apostles and other ministers of the Church.
The Eucharist of Christ was not merely a magical wafer but the bread of sharing with one another in love. Bread was both the symbol and the staff of lie. Sharing it re[resented the social welfare of the Christian society.
The Modern Christian does not provide a Daily ministration, the Daily bread for the needy of the Churches they establish. Instead he is willing to covet his neighbors goods through his elected Benefactors who help you take a bite out of one another.
This is why they are Merchandise and curse their children with their Covetous Practices. They have need of Repentance. The Eucharist of Christ was not just a wafer but Daily bread provided through a Daily ministration of faith, hope and charity.
Real Christians did not eat the free bread of Rome but the Flesh and blood of Christ provided by charity and love. The Christian conflict with Rome determined if the were desiring to be doers of the word and not hearers only. They are seeking the kingdom by attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.
The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.
The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.
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- John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
- Palliative relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause.
- Leisure and Ancient Rome, By J. P. Toner full quote at p.69. "… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses"
- Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
- John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
- Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
- Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
- Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
- Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
- Acts 20:11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
- Acts 27:35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.
- 1 Corinthians 10:17 For we [being] many are one bread, [and] one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
- Galatians 5 tells us 13 "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
- Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
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