SOUL FOOD

 

Bible Study Notes | November 25, 2020

 

Food is a version of God’s love

Food is God’s most basic way of saying, “I love you. I want to provide for you by nurturing you with food that is beautiful and delectable” (Genesis 1).

The Bible can teach us about eating well, and shows how God invites us to share in this love by becoming hospitable and nurturing to others.

 

Food is a gift from God

Food is not a commodity or product made for political gain or private profit. It is a gift like manna, meant to remind us of our dependence on God and upon each other (Exodus 16). Receiving food properly we bear witness to a gracious God.

 

Food is not cheap

Every creature that lives depends upon the sacrifices of countless others that decompose, fertilize, pollinate, and feed the world. We become worthy of God’s offering of the world to us by offering ourselves to it in acts of care and celebration.

 

Food is for sharing and fellowship

Eating is one of the most basic ways we learn to delight in each other and the goodness of creation. Eating together is one of the most important and practical means for overcoming the barriers and ignorance that separate us from each other.

 

 

Eating reminds us of our stewardship

Good food depends on good care of the garden world that feeds us. Humanity’s most fundamental task is to make sure that whatever we do, our actions keep the garden healthy and whole (Genesis 2:15). God is the ultimate Gardener (Genesis 2:8) and Farmer (Psalm 65) of the world.

 

 

Saying grace makes us mindful of God

More than a pious act, real gratitude commits us to remember and care for other creatures that make their way to our tables and dinner plates. God wants our eating to express thanksgiving for the flavor, aroma, and freshness of the world.

 

The goal of all eating is to savor a taste of heaven

Heaven is the place where resurrected bodies experience and savor the love of God. It is the eternal banquet where we know and participate in the communion that joins Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Food lets us commune with God

“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Food lets us commune with God

“To garden, harvest, and cook is to join with God in the creation of a delectable world,” says Norman Wirzba, author of Food and Faith. To know this world deeply we need to get our hands deep into it, smell its aromas, and taste its startling flavors. It should amaze us that we live in a world that tastes so good.