WHERE YOU GONNA EAT AT? Andy Hollifield 12-29-18
Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Have you ever thought about all of the times the Lord fed his people? I hadn’t until recently. We read the stories all the time and us preachers preach about them but have you ever really thought about how much God did it? In Genesis, you have the story of Joseph and how God placed him in a position to feed all of his kin people. That is a wonderful story but I am talking about from God’s hand to their mouth without a middle man. I want to look at just a few places that God miraculously fed his people.
The most obvious place to start is in Exodus 16:15 where the children of Israel were first given manna by God. The modern definition has come to be “the bread from heaven” but the bible definition at that time was “What is it?” They had never seen anything like it before and didn’t know what it was. They would eat the “bread from heaven” for the next forty years until they reached the border of Canaan. They were also given quail to eat in the evening. All they had to do morning and evening was walk out of their tents and gather all they needed. There are probably several others but in 1 Kings, God sent his angel more than once to feed Elijah. He also sent ravens by to bring him bread and flesh morning and evening. In 2 Kings 7, the Lord caused the Syrians to hear a great noise of horses and chariots and evacuated their city. A group of lepers went into the city and found it deserted and had a feast courtesy of God and the Syrians in time of drought.
Over in the New Testament in Matthew 14, Jesus fed five thousand men besides women and children, with only five loaves and two fish. Shortly afterwards, he fed four thousand men plus women and children with seven loaves and a few little fish. In John 21, Jesus not only provides the food but he cooks it as well. Prior to that, he had given his disciples instructions on where to cast their nets and they couldn’t even raise the nets into the ship because they were so full. Jesus also provided bread by a homeowner for the last supper in the upper room. This meal probably included bitter herbs and roasted lamb portions as well as unleavened bread.
We know there are several scriptures where others have fed God’s people but when the Lord did it, he didn’t go second-rate. He always gave them bread and flesh. He sometimes gave his people water as in the wilderness or wine as with the wedding in Cana and the last supper. In both of these, there has been no time for fermentation and Jesus even called it “the fruit of the vine” implying that it was juice. It was just a blessing to me to see how that God has always provided food for his people. Food is intended for strength and nourishment. I am thankful that we can get all the strength and nourishment we need from the Lord no matter what our circumstances. Just as David said in Psalms 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me.” Who wouldn’t want to eat at the table God has prepared? In Matthew 26:29 Jesus told his disciples that he would drink the wine new with them in his Father’s kingdom. Since it was drunk at passover, that tells me we have one more supper to go to; in the Father’s kingdom. I have my reservations made to eat there with him, do you? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!