God has not only made spiritual growth easy; He’s made it enjoyable. In fact, He’s made it ‘a piece of cake.’ After all, what is easier and more enjoyable than eating food. Have you ever wondered why the Bible has so much to say about food? No other book of its kind contains more volume of content dedicated to ‘food’ than the Bible. It’s something marvelous that most people never think about, yet nothing reveals more impressively powerful truths about the spiritual life, while plunging the believer into a new, deeper and clearer relationship with God. There is no other religion on earth that is primarily built around food than that of Christianity as set forth in the Bible. Think about it for a moment… most of the Bible’s greatest teachings are built on food. What could be a more humane and understandable approach for teaching the human race than to use ‘food.’
Consider the following:
- Comunión — eat the Body (church) and drink the blood (New Testament)
- Feast of Passover
- Bread of life — Jesus, The Word of God
- Clean and unclean food in the Old Testament
- The holy manna
- The Land of milk and honey
- The holy bread of the Presence in the Holy Place in the Temple
- All Sacrifices and Offerings on the Brazen Alter
- Feast of Unleavened Bread
- Feast of First Fruits
- The Pastor and the sheep
- The 9 fruits of the Spirit
- Feast of the Harvest
- New Wine
- Living water
- The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
- The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
- The multiplication of the loaves and the fishes
- The miracle of water turned to wine
- Priest’s duties — (spiritual chef) preparing and offering various food Sacrifices
- The miracle catch of fishes (Jesdus)
The Spiritual Meaning of Food
So, what does it all mean? — the question is best answered with another question — what do sheep do? — the primary activity (job) of a sheep is to ‘eat!’ The outstanding amount of scripture dedicated to food and eating is to reveal a remarkable spiritual fact. The most important activity and the most laborious task in the spiritual realm is ‘eating.’ For a sheep and for a pastor, eating is very serious business; it is the primal activity in life. Before delving further into this subject, what spiritual food is must be defined by scripture. Jesus said ~ “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Matthew 4.4, John 6.35, Revelation 7.17). There is no revelation in the Bible more all-encompassing and profound than the revelation of the highest and holiest services of the high priests, which were primarily to offer sacrifices and offerings that are entirely comprised of ‘food’ substances. The Temple was surrounded by 10 ‘seas’ (wash basins) to prepare meat sacrifices, which were then offered on the immense brazen alter (grill) that stood in front of the door to the Holy place in the temple — it’s all about food. Inside the holy place there were 10 tables with holy bread, which was baked and eaten by the priests only after they had replaced the old with the new bread every Sabbath — the fresh bread was placed on the Sabbath day ~ [when ‘you’ are supposed to be in the temple (church), so can eat the fresh bread of life].
You Are What You Eat
Entrance into the most holy place was only permitted once a year by the High priest, and he had to enter with holy ‘blood’ (a form of food2). All of the seven Great Feasts were comprised of food-teachings. The spiritual world operates around us like food, whether you like it or not, or whether you understand it or not. Every form of knowledge that you choose to encounter enters into your spirit, like food or like poison. You are constantly in contact with two worlds, one of clean and the other of unclean foods. Like the enormous doctrine in the Old Testament of clean and unclean foods, which reveals how that with infinite detail, everything eaten (knowledge contacted) was either clean or unclean, it either edified or poisoned the individual. So is all “knowledge” to you. All knowledge is either a clean or a contaminated food to your spirit… Let’s have a look at how God explains everything in the most simplified manner possible. ~ “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life [was] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2.9). Here you have it, everything explained to you in the simplest form possible. Everything is about ‘food,’ what you eat. Like a sheep, you are constantly eating in the spiritual realm. It’s all about the tree (food) and the fruit. Notice, there are only two types of food (knowledge): 1) The Tree of Life – clean food [life-spirit/knowledge], and 2) The Tree of Death – unclean food [death-carnal/knowledge]. You are what you eat! In this life, you must attain to the highest and cleanest form of spiritual food that is possible for you to grow and cleans yourself from all contaminating foods, especially the religious — ‘knowledge of good,’ which will kill you just as fast as the knowledge of evil will.
Your Holy Calling
When Jesus saved you, God gave you a holy calling, which will only be realized in your life by spiritual growth. Through the new birth, you were born¹ into the Kingdom as a spiritual baby. All that is required now is to grow to spiritual maturity, which is accomplished by feeding constantly upon the pure Word of God, day and night. This is called ‘putting on the new man.’ ~ “And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Colossians 3.10). The spiritual transformation from infancy to adulthood takes place as the inner man of the heart, the spirt man, feeds upon the meat of the word, which are the profound truths contained in the New Testament as they are revealed by the Holy Spirit.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed [are] those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
1. John 3.5
2. John 6.53
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.