Food in the Word

Beginning with the story of creation, the Bible is the story of food, or more specifically, the story of how God provides all of the nourishment that His people need, both physically and spiritually. As soon as God had given Adam and Eve their mandate to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth, He gave them the very practical information that plants had been created for the purpose of providing food for humans and animals. The Garden of Eden was their pantry, and part of the curse was to make food-gathering a difficult and painful process that was, nevertheless, aided by God’s good gift of sunshine and refreshing rains.

Later, the conflict between Jacob and Esau started with a pot of stew and reached its crisis because of a dinner of goat masquerading as game. Joseph’s presence in Egypt averted a famine crisis, and when his descendants went back to Israel, God provided manna for their journey. You will not read very far, either in the Old Testament or the New, without finding a reference to food.

But in all of this provision for the life of the body, there was always a deeper truth, as Moses teaches in Deuteronomy 8:2-4

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

The assertion that man does not live by bread alone is how our Lord rebuked Satan in the wilderness. God’s Word is our defense against spiritual famine; in it we find Life itself.

We pray you will find food for your journey here in these pages.