Title: Food Facts From The Bible
Artwork by: YMI X Rachel Tan (@rae.tee)
Description: Food comforts us and nourishes us. Food connects us and defines us. Sharing a meal with family and friends is more than just filling our stomachs, it’s about inviting others into our heart and into our lives, of stories shared and swapped at the dining table.
There’s also a spiritual element to food, and below are foods from the Bible that are tied to significant events and scenes, reminding us of the wonders and truths of God.
1. A reminder of Jesus’ body broken for our freedom.
Jesus’ had his last meal with his disciples the night before he was captured. At the table, He broke bread, took a cup of wine, and gave it to them. The disciples must have found it strange, when Jesus upon taking the bread said, “Take and eat it, this is my body”, the wine he said, “Drink from it, all of you” (Matthew 26:26-29).
Today, communion is taken as a reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made so we can have eternal life with Him in heaven.
The bread and wine reminds us that Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:48) and He’s the only one who is able to quench our thirst and hunger (Matthew 5:6).
2. A reminder of our God’s flowing provision for us.
The widow had no money to repay a creditor, and he was threatening to take her sons to be his slaves as repayment. Desperate, she ran to Elisha the Prophet for help, and he told her a rather curious thing: collect empty jars from her neighbours, and to pour what little olive all she has into all the jars, behind closed doors. Then, she’s to sell all of them.
Then the most miraculous thing happened: an endless reserve of oil came flowing out of the jar, and she managed to fill all the jars. She sold all of them, and had enough leftover to live off.
The humble olive oil reminds us that God is our Provider who is able to meet all our needs.
Read 2 Kings 4:1-7
3. A reminder of God’s undying and unconditional love for us.
God commanded the Israelites to sacrifice a year-old male lamb, without any defects, on the night of the final plague, striking each firstborn son in an Egyptian household dead. God’s instructions to the Israelites were specific: when sacrificing the lamb, they’re not to break any of its bones, and its blood is to be used to paint over the door frame. God would “pass over” homes with the blood marked on their front door.
It’s also a foreshadow of Jesus, who is the Lamb of God (John 1:29). His body was broken on the cross for us, yet not a single bone was broken. Covered in His blood, we’re “passed over” from eternal death to eternal life with Him.
The lamb is a reminder of Jesus’ sacrificial and enduring love for us.
Read Exodus 12:1-29
4. A reminder that our lives are sweetened by God.
God’s Word is soul-food for us. It’s full of Spirit and of life (John 6:63), and His words are sweeter than honey to our mouths (Psalm 119:103). He lavishes His love and promises over our lives. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)!
It’s only then natural the goodness of our Father is shown in our conduct and in our speech. May our every action and conversations always be full of grace (Colossians 4:6) because gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones (Proverbs 16:24).
The honeycomb is a reminder that our lives are sweetened by God.
5. A reminder that God affirms who He appoints.
Aaron’s staff played a significant role in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. His staff symbolized authority, and it was used by God to bring about a number of miracles. It turned into a snake in Pharaoh’s court, changed water into blood, and summoned plagues of gnats and frogs.
Then, when the Levites were disgruntled with the extra authority God had given Aaron and his sons as priests, God used Aaron’s staff to sprout buds (Numbers 17:5) to affirm him as His appointed.
The almonds is a reminder that God affirms who He appoints.
Read Numbers 17