Posts Tagged ‘Food’


Numbers 28 (NLT) The Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions… This is the special gift you must present to the Lord as your daily burnt offering… On the Sabbath day, sacrifice two one-year-old male lambs with no defects… On the first day of each month, present an extra burnt offering to the Lord of two young bulls, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all with no defects… On the fourteenth day of the first month, you must celebrate the Lord’s Passover. On the following day—the fifteenth day of the month—a joyous, seven-day festival will begin, but no bread made with yeast may be eaten… At the Festival of Harvest, when you present the first of your new grain to the Lord, you must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work on that day… Be sure that all the animals you sacrifice have no defects.”

Today’s chapter discusses sacrifices, a ritual of the past and my mind is boggled by the blood bath that was called for. How is this relevant to us today and are we expected to follow it? (more…)


1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 13
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God… Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

Today’s chapter deals with eating food sacrificed to idols, something you may not be accustomed to. In those times, food sacrificed to idols was offered to people in the market place, in places of worship and at events. The Corinthian church members had no problems eating such food because they knew that these idols were nothing and they followed the one true God. The newer members however, found this difficult to accept and understand and it caused them to be confused and sin. Are we responsible for the sins of others?

Back in the day before I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour, parties were ones where alcohol flowed, tongues slurred, crude jokes cracked, lewd songs sung and embarrassment was an unfamiliar concept. I once went to my wife’s (Then my girlfriend) family party and I was shocked that they partied without liquor, crude jokes and embarrassing moments. Their parties were about fellowship, singing songs that glorified God, prayer, awesome food, good jokes and the sharing of the word. As a seeking Christian, that was what brought me to my knees and I wanted to be a part of this family. Paul reminds us that we need to watch what we do for those who are quietly seeking might look at us and falter in their walk. Lets be conscious of our actions for the consequence may be another man’s eternal loss. Lets be worthy Ambassadors for Jesus in this world!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


1 Corinthians 6:12-14
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

Paul writes to the body of believers who are part of the church in Corinth and what he wrote them holds good even today. The church in Corinth was torn in a multitude of ways and today Paul addresses 2 key issues, lawsuits among believers and sexual immorality. With respect to lawsuits between believers, he recommends we take our disputes with believers to other believers in the church and present it for their judgment before we go to the courts of the land. This is because God gives us wisdom and will help us resolve such matters internally instead of taking it out to courts of unbelievers who will question our own beliefs. The next topic is sexual immorality and it seems that followers in the church then did not see an issue with sexual immorality. Even today, many believers are plagued by this sin that destroys families, homes and makes the unbelievers question the very foundation of our faith.

As humans, we have the freedom to choose and this is why Paul says everything is permissible to me but not beneficial. We are not controlled by anything and therefore in this freedom we revel but because of our brokenness we live and dwell in sin. As believers, our bodies are bought with a price, Jesus’s own blood shed on the cross of calvary, and because the Holy Spirit resides in us, our bodies are the temple of God. Any sin we commit with our bodies as believers is directly a sin against God and this is not acceptable to God. We therefore have to be good custodians of our bodies and Paul warns us severely against sexual immorality. I pray that God will protect us as His children from falling into the sins of the Corinthian believers and keep us faithful till the end.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 14:19-21
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

Paul wrote this letter to the Roman church and addressed key faith issues which if unaddressed could lead to rifts in the body. Today’s passage deals with the issue of our lifestyle and how we should avoid doing anything that causes our brother’s faith to be shaken. As I read the chapter, I wondered what would put this into context and the present season of fasting or lent came to mind.

Lent is the period preceding Easter that is devoted to fasting and abstinence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. While many christians follow the practice, many do not and that includes my family and I. To us, Jesus conquered sin and death and that gives us freedom from both. We don’t mourn Jesus’ death on the cross because he came to die for us and rose from the dead. Without his suffering and death, we cannot be saved and therefore we celebrate. When I read this passage today, I am reminded that even though our belief is slightly different, we will not make a big deal of our belief because it should not cause our other christian friends who observe the occasion to be at loggerheads with us. We will celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection in our own way and not be stumbling blocks to others.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 27:21-25
After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Eventually Paul was sentenced to prison based on King Agrippa’s ruling and this began a treacherous but significant journey for Paul, the other prisoners, the guards and the crew of the ship transporting them. Against Paul’s advice, the centurion, based on the ship crew’s advice, decided to proceed to Phoenix because they believed it to be safer to berth the vessel there rather than Crete. Paul spoke up after many days of suffering in the storm and gave them an assurance of safety revealed to him by an angel of God. This might have sounded reassuring to those seeking God’s intervention or ridiculous to those who were cold to the very mention of God. What is God saying to us this morning?

We like to hear good things about ourselves and our situations and dislike being corrected. Paul’s initial warning might have sounded silly to anyone who had no faith in Paul or his God or to anyone who felt they knew better. Doesn’t that sound like us? We would rather focus on reading what astrologers have to say because they always have nice things for us than read God’s word which seems harsh and painful. God’s direction is like our parent’s advice that seems hard and painful but really is meant to build us up. We need to open our hearts and minds to Jesus through his word because through obedience to him, we have an assurance of salvation, forgiveness of our sins and an eternity in God’s presence whereas without him, we have the world and all the frustrations and disappointments that come with it.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


John 6:52-58
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

If I were among the hearers of what Jesus said on that day in Capernaum, I would’ve been very confused. When Jesus spoke of us eating his flesh and drinking his blood to have eternal life, it must have sounded so terrible to those around him. He also spoke of his death and resurrection but in the context of tearing down the Church and rebuilding it back in 3 days and that was mysterious but post his death and resurrection, everything made sense but yet only to those whom God had chosen to reveal himself to. What did Jesus mean by us eating his flesh and drinking his blood? What significance does it have in terms of eternity?

To understand this, we need to understand what Jesus came to do among us. God the father sent his son Jesus to life a perfect and blameless life and die an unjustified death to permit us to have access to him. This access was denied because we are found unclean before a holy and righteous God. Through Jesus’s death, we have the perfect sacrifice for our sins which can otherwise never be washed away. When we accept Jesus into our lives, our sins are washed clean by his blood and we are a new creation. The blood signifies the sacrifice Jesus made to clean us inside out and the body signifies the body of Christ that we are now a part of. Without accepting Jesus as our Lord and savior and admitting our brokenness to him, we will never have peace and the assurance of eternity. Are you part of the body of Christ and are you proud to say that you are a hopeless sinner saved by God’s grace alone? I am!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Deer in Motion


Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

There are 4 major themes in chapter 4 and choosing Jesus’ temptation seemed fitting because it is something I personally battle with; what about you? What first got me was the realization that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted. I constantly pray that God would protect me from the fowler’s snare and here God himself is being led into it. To add to the challenge, Jesus fasts forty days and nights which means he did not eat a morsel. Fasting one meal for me is a challenge because I’m a foodie and often that sacrifice of meal consumes me so much that I chicken out of fasting. Then Jesus was tempted with things no man could refuse. Satan throws food, comfort, power and majesty in Jesus’ feeble hands as these are things most of us would clutch on to when we are tempted but Jesus refuses every one of them and counters each one scripturally, finally to be rid of the devil.

In our context, what does this mean? We live lives filled with challenges. To some it’s basic necessities, to some money, to some power, to some relationships, to some respect and honor and so on. These challenges all revolve around us and we are constantly seeking ways to resolve them. The poor want to be rich, the weak want to become strong, the sick want good health, the old want youth and the young want age! When we realize that it is not I that matters and we cross the I, we are led to the cross. In Christ, there is surety of being recognized as precious because he died for us which none can match, there is eternity which is unthinkable, there is peace which is unaffordable and there is joy that comes from his love in our lives. Which path would you choose?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet