Food and Drink (Part 5) - Eating Too Little, Food and Relationships


IX. There is also danger in eating too little. 1. Not eating enough can cause faintness and weakness (Gen 25:29-30; Gen 47:13; 1Sa 14:28; Mat 15:32). 2. Not eating enough or not eating a variety of foods is depriving oneself of a blessing from God. A. God has created a huge variety of plants and animals for our eating pleasure (Gen 9:3; 1Ti 4:4). B. There is nothing better than to eat and drink and enjoy good in this life (Ecc 2:24; Ecc 3:13; Ecc 5:18). C. God has given us the following foods to enjoy, even though men have from time to time said that some of them are not good for us. i. Milk a. Cow's milk (Isa 7:21-22) b. Sheep's milk (Deut 32:14) c. Goat's milk (Pro 27:27) ii. Cheese (2Sa 17:29) iii. Kine n. - Archaic pl. of cow n.1 iv. Butter (2Sa 17:29; Deut 32:14) v. Eggs (Job 6:6; Luk 11:12) vi. Bread (Psa 104:15) vii. Wheat, barley, flour, corn, beans, and lentils (2Sa 17:28). viii. Millet and fitches (Eze 4:9) a. Millet n. - 1. A graminaceous plant, Panicum miliaceum, native of India but extensively cultivated as a cereal in the warmer parts of Europe, growing three or four feet high, and bearing on a terminal spike or panicle a large crop of minute nutritious seeds. a. The grain. b. Fitch n. - 1. = vetch; the plant Vicia sativa, or its seed. c. Vetch n.- 1. The bean-like fruit of various species of the leguminous plant Vicia. ix. Wine (Gen 27:28) x. Honey (Pro 24:13) D. If you are afraid to eat any of the above listed foods, you are depriving yourself of a blessing from God. X. Food is integral to human relationships. 1. The dinner table is the heart of the home. A. Have you ever noticed how oftentimes people gather in the kitchen when they get together? B. Have you ever noticed how people often sit on hard chairs around the kitchen table to visit rather than on more comfortable seats in the living room? C. Families should eat together as often as possible. 2. Visiting, meetings, and socializing often revolves around food. 3. Celebrations are usually centered around food (Joh 2:1-2, 9). 4. Serving guests food is both a duty and a blessing for a Christian. A. We are to be given to hospitality (Rom 12:13; 1Ti 3:2; 1Pe 4:9). B. Hospitality n. - 1. a. The act or practice of being hospitable; the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers, with liberality and goodwill. C. In the Bible, when guests showed up, it was proper to feed them (Gen 18:1-8; Luk 11:5-6). D. It's more blessed to give than to receive (Act 20:35). 5. Jesus was a guest to eat in people's houses numerous times (Mat 9:10; Mar 2:15; Mar 14:3; Luk 5:29; Luk 7:36-37; Luk 10:38-40; Luk 14:1; Luk 19:7). 6. Jesus fed His disciples (Joh 21:9-13). 7. Jesus fed multitudes on two occasions (Joh 6:11; Mat 15:36). XI. Jesus chose food and drink to be the way in which we remember His death. 1. Jesus used broken bread and wine as symbols by which we are to remember His death for us (Luk 22:19-20). A. Christ's body was broken for us as the bread is broken (1Co 11:24). B. The wine represents the blood of Christ that was shed for us (Gen 49:11). 2. We know Christ through breaking bread with Him (Luk 24:30-35). XII. We will enjoy food in our glorified bodies in the new heaven and earth. 1. Jesus ate food in His glorified body while on earth (Luk 24:36-43). 2. Our bodies will be like Jesus' body in the resurrection (1Jo 3:2; Php 3:21). 3. We will eat with Jesus in glory at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-9). 4. In heaven we will never hunger or thirst again because the Lamb of God will feed us for all eternity (Rev 7:13-17).