Taste the Glory
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He said, “Let there be food!” And there was much food. And he said, “Let men eat!” And men ate. And it was delicious. It still is.
Few things in life are more amazing than food. Yet some of us take it for granted, ignoring it, resenting the inconvenience, and avoiding it, even. Others of us make it an addiction and an obsession. Still, none of this abrogates the fact that food is good and is one of God’s chief means of expressing His love for us.
When God led His people out of Egypt, He made sure that they first ate a symbolic but hearty meal, both so that they could prepare for their journey and so that they could repeat it every year to remember their deliverance. When Jesus was preparing to die, He performed a new version of that same meal, that His disciples might remember their deliverance and their dependence on Him. When He rose from the dead and the disciples were freaking out and thought He was a ghost, He ate some of their fish. Later, He appeared to them on the lake shore and, when they were freaking out with excitement, He made them breakfast. Then He lovingly chastised Peter: “Feed my sheep.”
In Judaism and in Christianity, food is the prime metaphor for our understaning our relationships with God and with each other. But it is more than that. It is worship for the senses, the smell and taste of redemption.
God didn’t have to make us to eat. We could have photosynthesized like plants. And food didn’t have to taste good. But it does. God be praised!
Let us neither forget those who are without food, nor be slow in delivering it to them, for food is our primary means of expressing love to those in need. God, help us!