Eating is not only an enjoyable pastime but a necessity of life. God created man so that he would have to eat. Eating enabled him to learn Logistical Grace as well as the X-axis function of Creation. Eating is not just physical but soulish and Spiritual. Man was told what to eat and what not to eat. That made the difference between life and death. Learning the Doctrine of Eating is necessary for Spiritual growth and the advance to Spiritual Maturity. Neglect of God's will in eating leads to all kinds of spiritual, psychological, and physical maladies.
Trichotomous Function of Eating
Curse of Work
Obedience in Eating and Drinking
Giving Thanks for Food
Eating and Faith
Feasting, Fasting, Famine
Sexual Hunger and Thirst
Trichotomous Function of Eating
God created man so that he would
have to eat to sustain human life. The Garden where he lived was
filled with all kinds of fruits for food. Man picked the fruit off
the trees and bushes. Meat was not eaten in the Garden because there
was no fire for cooking. Fire is a type of judgment, which had not
yet occurred. The man and woman in the Garden were on a perpetual
honeymoon, and the fruits symbolized their genitals and love making.
When man sinned, he was thrown out of the Garden and forced to work for
his own bread.
God created man so that he would have to eat for good reason. Eating is a necessity for physical life, but eating symbolizes much more. Eating symbolizes the daily intake and metabolization of Bible Doctrine, which is a necessity for the Spiritual life. And eating is associated with the appetite of the soul for knowledge. Eating is a metaphor for acquiring things in life. "Biting off more than one can chew" is an eating metaphor. And there are a host of health problems associated with eating. Some are too fat. Others are too slim. Some cannot metabolize sugar. Some have too much cholesterol, and some are allergic to some foods.
The purpose of life for the unbeliever is to receive the gift of Eternal Life (Jn 6:40; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9). The Lord Jesus Christ paid for the sins of everyone, and it is not God's will for any to perish but for all to be saved.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to a change of mind (about Jesus Christ) (2 Peter 3:9)Believing the Gospel for Salvation is symbolized by eating or drinking. Eating bread symbolizes believing in Jesus Christ, the "bread of life" (Jn 6:51), and drinking water symbolizes believing the water of the Word, the Gospel (Jn 4:13-14).
The purpose of life for the Christian is to reach Spiritual Maturity and beyond (1 Cor 14:20; Eph 4:13; Col 1:28; Heb 5:14).
Brethren, stop being children in your thinking, but in evil be infants, and in your thinking become Spiritually mature. (1 Corinthians 14:20)The Corinthians were immature believers, like infants or children (1 Cor 3:1; 13:11). Therefore, they were commanded to "stop being children." "Thinking" refers to their Spiritual thinking. They knew the doctrine of Salvation, and that was about it (Heb 5:12-13). They were like emotional holy rollers (Eph 4:14-15). They should be like infants (very young children) in evil (Rom 16:19) and malice. And they were exhorted to reach the strategic objective of Spiritual Maturity (1 Cor 2:6; Phil 3:15).
until we all attain to harmony with the Faith (Bible Doctrine), and of the epignosis-knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man (Spiritual Maturity), to the measure of the standard of the fulness of Christ (Spiritual Rapport). (Eph 4:13)Until a person arrives at the first strategic objective of Spiritual Maturity, physical and psychological (soulish) problems are not the priority (Matt 6:33).
But keep seeking first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)Whether a person reaches Spiritual Maturity fat, skinny, or psychotic is not the issue (1 Tim 4:8). Spiritual Maturity will cover a multitude of problems. It is the objective.
Since eating is a necessity of life, it must be properly integrated into the Christian life (Jn 6:27; Rom 14:6; 1 Cor 10:31; Col 3:17).
Whether, therefore, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)God created man with a need to eat to symbolize the Spiritual process of metabolization of Bible Doctrine (Jer 15:16; Eph 4:12, 15-16; 1 Pet 2:2; 2 Pet 3:18).
Your words were discovered and I ate them,Eating is associated with the X-axis of life, which includes Righteousness and knowledge.1 Even sex is called knowing intimately (Hebrew jada` (ud^y*) (Gen 4:1).
And Your words became to me a source of delight and super abundant Happiness to my heart
Because Your name was named upon me,
O Lord God of the Armies. (Jeremiah 15:16)
15 But communicating the truth (Bible Doctrine) in the sphere of divine Love, we may grow up in Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ. 16 From Whom the whole Body, being integrated and united through every joint of supply, according to the proper function of each individual part, produces growth of the Body resulting in the edification of itself in the sphere of divine Love.
but keep on growing in Grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. (2 Peter 3:18)
When man was born again, he received his human spirit again. The human spirit is capable of communicating with the Spirit of God. In the Church Age, the believer receives not only a human spirit, but also the Holy Spirit to fill the soul. Thus, his human spirit is strengthened by the power of God.
Eating is a physical process, but it operates under the control of the soul, which may, in turn, be filled and controlled by the Spirit. Thus, eating may also be related to the soul and Spirit.
Eating is a process that is physical, soulish, and Spiritual. The physical process of eating is required for life. Eating is a necessity and a source of bodily energy. The soulish function of eating may be feeding an appetite for something besides food, such as knowledge. It may be perception. Or it may be appreciating or complaining about the taste of food, which is a soul function. And the Spiritual aspect of eating represents metabolization of Bible Doctrine and Logistical Grace provision (manna or daily bread (Ex 16:31)).
When the Spirit controls the soul, the Old Sin Nature in the body and the Cosmic System on the outside are held in check, and the individual can have peace and freedom. Eating under these conditions is satisfying. God provides the food, and the individual is satisfied with it. However, the soul without the Spirit has a void that leaves the individual at the mercy of the OSN and Cosmic System. The person does not have peace and spiritual freedom but is a slave to the OSN and Cosmic System. Eating under these conditions is not satisfying and may even be unhealthy.
Curse of Work
Give us today our bread for sustenance. (Matthew 6:11)"Sustenance" is the Greek epiousios (ejpiouvsio"), from (ejpiv, upon) + (ojusiva, existence) = necessary for existence. This word occurs in both Matthew 6:11 and Luke 11:3.
Give us for this day our bread for sustenance. (Luke 11:3)
God provides food in Logistical Grace, one day at a time. He provided manna for Israel in the wilderness (Ex 16:31-35). An omer (5.1 pints) per day was provided (Ex 16:16). The word, manna, is from the Hebrew man huh (aWh /m*), meaning "what is it?" (Ex 16:15), from Aramaic, what; Arabic, who; from the Egyptian "mennu" (= "food"). The manna resembled tamarisk manna with the appearance of gum with a sweet, honey-like taste. It appeared like bdellium (Nu. 11:7-8), a fragrant and transparent resin, resembling wax (Gen 2:12).
God provides food for believer and unbeliever, as well as animals (Gen 1:29-30; 9:3; Ps 104:14; 136:25; Prov 30:8).
Vanity and lies remove far from me;"Appointed portion" is the Hebrew choq (qj)), meaning an appointed portion, prescribed portion, or allowance of food (Gn 47:22; Job 23:12; Pr 30:8; 31:15; Jer 37:21; 52:34; Ezek 16:27; Mt 6:11; Luk 11:3; 1Ti 6:6-8). The Lord supplies an appointed portion of food daily in Logistical Grace.
Poverty and riches do not give me;
Feed me with the food that is my appointed portion (Proverbs 30:8)
A daily portion of food is provided per the Sovereign Design of God (Ex 16:14-18; Job 23:12; Pr 30:8; 31:15; Jer 37:21; 52:34; Ezek 16:27; Mt 6:11; Luk 11:3; 1 Ti 6:6-8). The daily portion was specified in Eternity past.
Therefore, man does not need to worry about his daily food (Matt 6:25, 31; Luk 12:22), and he does not need to feed wild animals (Gen 1:30).
For this reason I communicate to you, "Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, regarding what you shall wear. Is not life more than food and the body clothing?" (Matthew 6:25)
For this reason I communicate to you, "Stop worrying about your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, regarding what you shall wear. Is not life more than food and the body clothing?" (Matthew 6:31)
Hebrew beten (/f#B#) = stomach, belly (Job 20:15)In the scripture, the stomach is often called the "belly." It is the Hebrew beten and the Greek koilia. It is often erroneously translated. The stomach is a symbol of eating. Eating food symbolizes production in life (Job 20:14-15). The food that the reversionist eats becomes the poison of vipers in his bowels. What he does with the energy from his food will kill him. He eats (acquires) riches, but God will cause him to vomit them up from his stomach.
Greek koilia (koiliva) = belly; stomach; womb; uterus (1 Cor. 6:13)
Job 20:14-15The riches of the reversionist are associated with Ecumenical Babylon. Acquiring riches is like swallowing food. In this case, the reversionist could not keep the riches down. He could not stomach them because God made him sick on his stomach. Vomiting up the riches means loss of them.
14 His food is changed in his bowels (Hebrew me`eh) to the poison of vipers within him.
15 He swallows riches but will vomit them up.
God will cast them out of his stomach (Hebrew beten).
The stomach is a physical part of the body. Yet, there is a Spiritual significance of the stomach that supersedes the temporal use.
Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food; but God will do away with both. But the body is not for prostitution (or fornication), but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. (1 Cor 6:13)Physical food is for the physical body, but neither will survive in Eternity. God will do away with both and give us a resurrection body, which will be Spiritual. The body is not to be used for prostitution (or fornication), i. e. linked to the Prostitute of Babylon. The body is for a Love relationship with the Lord. The believer has a Spiritual relationship with the Lord even in his temporal body. The Lord also provides Spiritual food (Bible Doctrine) for the believer. Thus, the temporal relationship of food for the body is superseded by the Spiritual relationship of the Lord to the believer.
Just as food must be swallowed, words must be stomached. The words that come out of the mouth must also be stomached.
From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be sated;This proverb is like the Lord's statement that it is not what enters the mouth that defiles a person but what proceeds out of the mouth (Matt 5:11). When a person communicates truth and Divine viewpoint, it will leave him sated and satisfied.
With the produce of his lips he will be satisfied. (Prov 18:20)
Whereas, the stomach likes to be full and a distended stomach leaves a person sated (Luke 15:16), a full stomach may also be a problem. Trying to sleep on a full stomach may cause insomnia (Eccl 5:12).
In spite of the curse on work, God blesses even the unbeliever with enjoyment of his work, his food, and his Right Woman (Eccl 2:24-25; 8:15; 9:7, 9).
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25Since God provides food in Logistical Grace, it is inappropriate to complain about it (Nu 21:5; Luk 10:8). The Exodus generation complained about the manna saying, "For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food" (Nu 21:5b).
24 There is nothing better for man than that he should eat and drink and cause his soul to see good in his labor. This also I have seen, that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment apart from Him?
After man was thrown out of the Garden, work was required to harvest food (2 Thess 3:10-12).
For even when we were with you, we kept ordering you, that if anyone is not willing to work, neither is he to be eating. (2 Thessalonians 3:10)Men who are unwilling to work are defying God and should not be pitied. We are not our brother's keeper.
The laborer who harvests food should be allowed to partake of it (1 Cor 9:9; 1 Tim 5:18). This is the reason given for paying pastors a salary. Grace giving is legitimate in the Church where there is divinely ordained authority. However, care must be taken not to give with strings attached, which amounts to bribery, or giving to the devil's world.
Those who work and have the means should be willing to share with those who need food (Is 58:7; Luke 3:11; 2 Cor 8:15; Eph 4:28; 1 Thess 4:12; Jas 2:15-16). If we receive Grace, we should practice Grace.
Providing refreshment may bring blessing (Deut 14:29). A special tithe was to be collected in Israel every third year for the Levites, aliens, orphans, and widows. Doing this would secure the Lord's blessing on the work performed in Israel.
Withholding refreshment may lead to a curse (Neh 13:2). Ammonites and Moabites were prohibited from entering the assembly of the Lord in Israel because they failed to provide refreshment to Israel during the Exodus and even tried to curse them through Balaam.
Serving special cuts, dishes, or feasts are a way of honoring
guests (Lev 7:32-33; 1 Sam 9:24; Ezek 24:4). The Levitical priests
were honored with special cuts of the animal sacrifices. Aaron and
his sons got the breast piece, and the other priests got the right thigh.
1 Ki 13:7-30).
The Lord sent a prophet (called "a man of God") from Judah to Bethel across the border in the Northern Kingdom of Israel (map). Bethel, with its Golden Calf, was the center for idolatry in the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Amos 4:4; 5:5). The prophet found King Jeroboam standing beside the altar to burn incense to false gods (1 Ki 13:1). The prophet prophesied that Josiah would be born from the line of David and that he would sacrifice the priests of the false gods along with human bones on the altar, which would defile it (1 Ki 13:2). When King Jeroboam heard it, he stretched out his hand and said, "Seize him," but his hand dried up (1 Ki 13:4). The King implored the prophet to pray for him. So, the prophet prayed for him, and his hand was restored (1 Ki 13:6). The prophecy was later fulfilled (2 Kings 23:15–20).
1 Kings 13:7-10, NASWhen the King offered refreshment and reward to the prophet, the prophet refused, saying the LORD had commanded him not to eat or drink in Bethel and not to return by the way he came. Several principles need to be understood here. First, the Lord provides daily food from Logistical Grace, and in this case, the daily food was not to be found in Bethel, which was full of idolatry. Bethel and the Northern Kingdom of Israel were full of idolatry. Thus, it was not the place to be socializing, even with the King over a fine meal. There could be no fellowship between Light and darkness. The King may have sounded sincere, but he had no intention of giving up his idolatry (1 Ki 13:33-34).
7 Then the king (Jeroboam) said to the man of God, "Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward."
8 But the man of God said to the king, "If you were to give me half your house I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place.
9 "For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'You shall eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way which you came.' "
10 So he went another way and did not return by the way which he came to Bethel.
Also, the prophet was commanded to take a different route home. This is the sign of being in hostile territory. After the prophet delivered a condemnation of Judgment amounting to a curse on Samaria, there could be those who would be upset and try to kill the messenger. As it turned out, the son of another old prophet did see the prophet leave and told his father about all the events surrounding the prophecy against the altar (2 Ki 13:11-14). The old prophet left on his donkey and caught up with the younger prophet. The old prophet asked the younger prophet to return with him and eat, but the younger prophet refused and explained that the LORD had commanded him not to eat or drink in Bethel (2 Ki 13:15-17). Whereupon, the older prophet revealed that he, too, was a prophet and an angel had told him to bring the man back and give him food and drink.
He said to him, "I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'" But he lied to him. (2 Kings 13:18, NAS)So, the younger prophet returned and ate food and drank water in the house of the older prophet (2 Ki 13:19). However, during the meal, a message from God came to the older prophet, who prophesied that because the younger prophet had disobeyed God, he would not come to the grave of his fathers, i. e. he would die a violent death before his time.
1 Kings 13:20-22, NASOn the way home a lion killed the younger prophet. People saw the body lying on the road with the lion and the donkey standing by. When the older prophet heard about it, he went and retrieved the body (1 Ki 13:23-28). The lion did not devour it or the donkey, since it was the work of God. The three standing side-by-side symbolized Ecumenical (prophet), Cosmic (lion), and Political (Donkey) Babylon. The death by the lion symbolized Satan administering the Sin Leading to Death. The young prophet had violated God's Logistical Grace provision and eaten in violation of the geographical will of God. Consequently, eating food that was not his daily bread was the Sin Leading to Death.
20 Now it came about, as they were sitting down at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back;
21 and he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, 'Because you have disobeyed the command of the LORD, and have not observed the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you,
22 but have returned and eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which He said to you, "Eat no bread and drink no water"; your body shall not come to the grave of your fathers.' "
The old prophet brought the body of the younger prophet back and buried him in his own (older prophet's) grave (1 Ki 13:29-30).
Dietary restrictions, such as those in the Mosaic Law,
do not apply in the Church Age (Mk 7:18-19; Acts 10:15; Rom 14:14; Col
2:16, 20-21; 1 Tim 4:3-4). Dietary laws were designed to teach sanctification
(Lev 11:45-47). The Mosaic Law forbade eating pork, but when Peter
tried to keep the Law in the Church Age, the Lord told him pork and other
foods were no longer unclean (Acts 10:15).
Meat Sacrificed to Idols
The Church Age Believer is even free to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols (1 Cor 8:4-8). The best meat in Corinth came from the Temple meat market from animals that had been sacrificed to idols. Whereas, worshiping idols is evil, there was nothing wrong with the meat. Eating it was not a sin.
Vegetarians and Hangups
It may be inappropriate to eat legitimate food under some
circumstances (Rom 14:2-3, 14-17, 20; 1 Cor 8:9-13; 10:27-29). Weak
believers who have hang-ups about eating certain foods should not be the
victim of Self-Righteous judging or legalism by believers who don't have
the hang-ups. And if a person makes an issue out of eating meat that
has been sacrificed to idols, it is best not to eat it, and thereby, remove
the bone of contention.
A weak believer might believe in eating vegetables only and no meat. Whereas, that is not an accurate interpretation of Church Age doctrine, it should not become a source of contention (Rom 14:2-3).
The one who observes the day, to the Lord he observes it. And the one who is eating (meat), to the Lord he eats; for you see, he gives thanks to God. And the one who is not eating (meat), to the Lord he does not eat and gives thanks to God. (Romans 14:6)One Christian has no authority to pass judgment on another regarding what he eats. It is not a sin to eat vegetables only. But it is a sin to judge another.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but Righteousness and peace and Happiness in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)The "Kingdom of God" refers to the Spiritual life. Eating and drinking are not spiritual but physical. The Spiritual life includes Righteousness from God and the fruit of the Spirit, including peace and prosperity and Happiness.
Sickness and Death
Taking communion with unconfessed sin can bring sickness and even death (1 Cor 11:27-30).
Some practical advice for saying grace might be helpful.
The LORD will not allow the soul of the Righteous to hunger,Bible Doctrine will satisfy the soul of the Righteous (believer), and Logistical Grace provision of food will satisfy the body. The soul hungers for Bible Doctrine. Until the soul is satisfied, the body cannot be satisfied. Reversionists have turned from God and rejected Rebound. Therefore, their souls are not filled with the Holy Spirit. Their souls are hungry and craving things to satisfy their frustrations. "Craving" is the Hebrew huh (hWh), for a chasm, or void, which means figuratively destruction, desire, or craving. The Lord rejects, or opposes, the craving of the Reversionist's attempts to satisfy his frustrated soul. The Lord rejects the prayers of the Reversionist and opposes his arrogant frantic search for happiness (Ps 66:18; 112:10; Prov 28:9; Jas 4:3, 6).
But the craving of reversionists He rejects. (Proverbs 10:3)
Just as the soul fills the body, the Spirit fills the soul (Eph 5:18). Only when the Holy Spirit fills the soul of the Church Age believer can the person be satisfied.
The soul hungers for Spiritual food (Bible Doctrine) (Matt 5:6).
"Happy are those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)
Soul Hunger and Thirst
The soul that does not have Spiritual food and water will hunger and thirst (Matt 5:6; Luk 6:21).
Hunger (Psa 4:7; 63:5; Isa 65:13; Lu 1:53; Jn 6:27, 48-58; Rev 7:16)
After the crowd followed Jesus for his miracle of feeding them, He explained their need for Spiritual food.
Stop working for the food which perishes, but for the Food (Bread of Life) that endures to Eternal Life, which the Son of Man will give you, for God the Father has set His seal on this One. (John 6:27)Spiritual Food begins with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life and continues with Bible Doctrine, which feeds the soul and endures to Eternal Life.
John 6:48-50The Lord Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life (Eternal Life). He was symbolized by the manna, which the Exodus generation ate in the wilderness, but they rejected the Spiritual food and died the sin leading to death in the wilderness. Eating the Bread of Life will provide Eternal Life, so that a person will not die spiritually.
48 "I am the Bread of Life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the Bread which comes down out from Heaven in order that a person may eat from it and not die.
I alone am the Living Bread which came down out from Heaven. If anyone eats from this Bread, he will live forever. Furthermore, the Bread which I shall really give on behalf of the life of the world is My flesh. (John 6:51)Jesus Christ alone is the Living Bread, the bread of Eternal Life. He came down from Heaven. He was sent on a mission to Earth by the Father to provide Salvation for all mankind by paying for their sins on the Cross. Anyone who eats from this Bread will live forever. Eating from the Bread symbolizes believing in Jesus Christ.
The Bread was the flesh (the body) of Jesus Christ. His body was perfect humanity and undiminished Deity in Hypostatic Union. He needed a human body to die because Deity cannot die. He gave His body "on behalf of the life of the world." "On behalf of" is the Greek preposition huper, meaning "as a substitute for" or "on behalf of." He gave His body "on behalf of the life of the world." Since the wages of sin is spiritual death, all mankind was doomed due to the sin of Adam. But Jesus Christ handled the death as a substitute for all mankind so that we could have Life. He died "as a substitute for us" (Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 11:24; Eph 5:2; 1 Thess 5:10). Thus, Eternal Life is available to all mankind (the world) because Jesus Christ paid for it.
Then Jesus said to them, "Amen, Amen, I am saying to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not possess Life in yourselves." (John 6:53)"Amen" is the transliteration of an Aramaic emphatic particle meaning true and binding; truly. It acknowledges what is valid and the validity of what is binding to the individual. It means that which is sure and valid. The two Amen's symbolize a witness. Jesus Christ is the Amen (Rev. 3:14). He is the reliable and true Witness of God. His two Amen's mean that His saying is reliable and true because Jesus Himself bears witness of them and thus makes them valid.
Eating the flesh of the Son of Man means partaking of the Spiritual Food of the Bread of Life. The Son of Man is a reference to the humanity of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union. And drinking His blood means believing in His substitutionary spiritual death on the Cross. Pouring out His blood is a metaphor for His death on the Cross. Eternal Life comes by believing in Jesus, the Bread, whose blood was shed in His death on the Cross.
John 6:54-55Those who believe in Jesus Christ will have Eternal Life. They will be Resurrected on the Last Day, which means the last day of the Jewish Age, at the end of the Tribulation, in this context. Those who have Eternal Life in the Church Age will be resurrected at the end of the Church Age before the Tribulation.
54 The person who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, possesses Eternal Life. And I will raise him up on the Last Day.
55 For you see, My flesh is the true food, and My blood is the true drink.
The true food is the flesh (or body) of Jesus Christ, i. e. His impeccable human nature. And the true drink is His blood, which means His substitutionary Spiritual death on the Cross. The flesh and the blood refer to Salvation, which provided Propitiation of the Father and Reconciliation of all mankind. The impeccable human body satisfies the absolute Righteousness of the Father, and the substitutionary Spiritual Death satisfies the perfect Justice of the Father.
The person who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, abides in Me and I abide in him. (John 6:56)"Eats" is the Greek trogo (trwvgw), meaning to eat, implying fruit and vegetables, from the audible sound of herbivorous animals chewing. "Abides" refers to Positional Sanctification, which is union with Christ, who is in Heaven. This occurs at the moment of Salvation for the Old Testament Congregation (Jn 17:21, 23) and for the Church (Acts 20:32; 1 Cor 1:2; 6:11; Heb 10:10).
John 6:57-58Eternal Life comes through feeding on the Spiritual Food of Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. This Spiritual Food preserves Life for Eternity.
57 Even as the Living Father sent Me on a mission, and I live because of the Father, likewise, the person who feeds on (has faith in) Me, that one also will Live because of Me.
58 This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers ate and died; the person who eats this Bread will Live forever.
Thirst (Ps 42:1-2; 63:1; 107:9; Isa 41:17; 49:9-10; 55:1-3; Jn 4:14; 7:37)
Psalm 42:1-2The soul of the believer thirsts for God as the deer pants for the water of the brook. The believer thirsts for the living God and wants to meet Him.
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
John 4:13-14Drinking water symbolizes drinking the water of the Word, which is faith in Jesus Christ for Salvation. The soul thirsts for Spiritual water. Until the soul thirst is satisfied, the soul will be empty and frustrated.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who keeps drinking from this water, shall thirst again, 14 But whoever takes a drink from the water which I shall give him, will never thirst again; but the water which I shall give him, will become in him a fountain of water springing up to Eternal Life.
Famine (Am 8:11-13)
A Spiritual famine was declared on the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Lord would stop allowing the people to hear the teaching of the Word (Am 8:11). Grace precedes Judgment. God provides an opportunity to learn Bible Doctrine, but after the period of Grace, the doctrine will be withdrawn during the time of Judgment (or Testing). During Testing it is not a time for learning doctrine but for living it. Those who will not learn from academic instruction will be taught by punishment. If they do not learn from punishment, they will have to be removed because there is nothing else the Lord can do for them. This is why degenerate nations do not have Bible teaching.
Frustrated Souls and Bodies
The soul must be fed before the body can be satisfied (Matt 6:33; Luk 12:31; Mark 10:29-31; 1 Tim 4:8; Prov 3:9-10; Hag 1:2-11; 2:16-19). Therefore, unbelievers and carnal or reversionistic believers cannot be satisfied because the Spirit does not fill (or cover) the soul. Thus, the soul hungers and there is no peace. External pressure is converted into stress in the soul, which upsets the soul balance and the emotions revolt. Then the body weakens and falls victim to various maladies and infirmity. The medical problems of the body do not begin there but are the result a chain of events that stem from a hungry soul that has not been satisfied.
Reversionists pursue various frantic searches for happiness to relieve their frustrations but these things can never satisfy their soul hunger. They are inevitably left with spiritual (demon), soulish (psychological), and physical problems.
The person who rejects God will face the punishment of God and attacks from the Old Sin Nature and Cosmic System (Heb 12:6; Eph 2:1-3).
For you see whom the Lord loves He punishes,The believer is punished severely, like being scourged with a whip, because the Lord Loves him and wants to correct him.
And He scourges every son whom He receives. (Hebrews 12:6)
Solution for Soul Hunger
The only solution for a hungry soul is to metabolize Bible Doctrine and erect the Edification Complex of the Soul (1 Cor 14:26; Eph 4:10-12, 29).
Whether, therefore, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31)Eating should glorify God along with everything else the Christian does (Col 3:17; 1 Pet 4:11).
"The ox knows his owner,Even an immature believer should be able to find his Right Pastor and his daily bread supplied by the Grace of God. Eating requires obedience to the geographical and operational will of God.
And the jackass his master's feeding trough,
Israel does not know Me,
My people do not understand." (Isaiah 1:3)
Eating and Spirituality
Eating and Faith are both associated with the X-axis of the Spiritual life. The counterattack is from Ecumenical Babylon.
Eating is not the means of Spirituality, but the expression of it (Matt 15:11; Rom 14:3, 17; 1 Cor 8:8; Col 2:16, 21, 23; Heb 13:9). There is no spiritual value in food.
Not that which enters into the mouth defiles a man, but that which proceeds out from the mouth, this defiles the man. (Matthew 15:11)Eating does not cause a person to be defiled with sin, but sins of the tongue leave a person in sin. Food has no power over the Old Sin Nature (Col 2:23).
But food will not commend us to God. Neither if we do not eat, do we fall short; nor, if we eat, do we have more (divine approval). (1 Corinthians 8:8)Eating good food will not commend us to God, nor will giving up certain foods or fasting.
For the health fanatics, it should also be noted that sickness is Divine punishment. Although it is possible to reap what one sows from eating, the Spiritual life has much more to do with health than eating.
Stop being carried away by various, foreign (to Christianity) doctrines; for you see, it is Good for the heart to be established by Grace, not by foods, in which those who conduct themselves have not benefited. (Hebrews 13:9)The Christian must stop believing various types of false doctrines. The heart (Right Lobe of the Soul) should be established with an Edification Complex by the Grace of God, not by foods. Foods are no benefit for the Spiritual life. The Christian needs to grow in Grace.
However, if a failure associated with eating causes misalignment of the X-axis, the believer will stumble in the Spiritual life (Col 2:16-23).
Colossians 2:16-17The Colossians were commanded to stop allowing others to judge them in teaching of the Mosaic Law, such as dietary laws (eating and drinking), festivals, the New Moon celebration, or Sabbath. These things were like the shadow of the reality, which is Christ in the Church. Keeping the Law in the Church Age is legalism. It is a counterattack of Ecumenical Babylon, which will destroy the X-axis alignment of the Spiritual life.
16 Therefore, stop allowing anyone to judge you in eating and drinking or in regard to a festival or a New Moon or a Sabbath, 17 Which are a shadow of things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ.
Let no one deprive you of your reward, taking delight in mortification and the worship of angels, taking his stand on visions which he has seen, without basis, inflated with arrogance under the influence of the thinking of his Old Sin Nature. (Colossians 2:18)Other false teachings from Ecumenical Babylon will deprive the Christian of his rewards in Heaven, but not his Salvation. Such teachings include mortification and worship of angels. Mortification is subjection of the passions and appetites, by penance, absistence, or painful severities inflicted on the body. Worship of angels includes demonism and praying to elect angels. Dreams and visions become the basis for false teaching rather than the scripture. Visions were the person's claim to fame. The false teachers were inflated with arrogance under the influence of the Old Sin Nature.
And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body through the joints and ligaments, being supplied and united, grows with divine growth from God. (Colossians 2:19)Rejection of the authority of Christ, the Head of the body, the Church, is a counterattack of the Z-axis that also destroys the alignment of the X and Y axes in the Spiritual life.
Colossians 2:20-23The Christian is identified with Jesus Christ in His death on the Cross (Retroactive Positional Truth). "The elementary principles of the world" is a general statement of the worldly paradigm that everything is based upon the four elements, earth, air, fire, water. This was extended to include the pantheon of gods (mythology) to which everything was attributed from the relationship to the physical elements to the planets and signs of the Zodiac. The Christian has died to the world, and the Spiritual life is a new paradigm.
Since you have died together with Christ from the elementary principles of the world, why, as living in the world, are you submitting to legalism? 21 Such as, "Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch" 23 (All of which things are destined for destruction by being consumed), according to the precepts and teachings of men?
The Christian should not submit to legalism, such as the things he handles, tastes, or touches. These generalities are more taboos that are X-axis counterattacks from Ecumenical Babylon.
"According to the precepts and teachings of men?" – These things are the X-axis counterattack of Ecumenical Babylon. They are from men and not from God. Falling for these cause failure in the Christian life.
Eating and the Stage of Life
The X-axis function of eating is associated with the other aspects of the Spiritual life on the Stage of Life (Psa 23:5a).
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Psa 23:5a)David recognized that the Lord was the source of his daily bread from Logistical Grace, but he also recognized that dining parlayed into his daily life. The Lord provided the food, which, in turn, symbolized the upcoming events on the Stage of Life. The food that is metabolized becomes the life that one lives.
David learned to notice the Stage of Life at the dinner table. When the servant spilled the beans, he understood the Spiritual significance for his life. When guests were dressed like enemies, he noted the correlation and deduced what the Lord was telling him. A full cup was a sign of blessing. Something missing was a configuration problem, which could indicate a failure in combat. The location of people at the table symbolized the fate that awaited them. A spot on the table cloth symbolized a sin and defilement. By using Bible Doctrine to decode the events at his dinner table, he learned what the Lord was telling him about his daily life.
Metabolization of Bible Doctrine
Eating symbolizes metabolization of Bible Doctrine (Job 23:12; Ps 19:10; 119:103; Jer 15:16; Ezek 3:3; 1 Cor 3:2; Heb 5:12-14; 1 Pet 2:2; Rev 10:9-10).
Job understood that Bible Doctrine was better than the taste of his daily bread.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;Milk for babies and solid food for adults is also a metaphor for elementary and advanced Doctrine (1 Cor 3:2; Heb 5:12-14; 1 Pet 2:2).
More than my own daily bread (portion) I have treasured up the words of His mouth. (Job 23:12)
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)
Your words were discovered and I ate them,
And Your words became to me a source of delight and super abundant Happiness to my heart
Because Your name was named upon me,
O Lord God of the Armies. (Jeremiah 15:16)
Doctrine that is sweet to the taste may become bitter in the stomach (Ezek 3:3; Rev 10:9-10).
Bread of Life
The Tabernacle Table of Shewbread symbolized Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35, 48).
Jesus said to them, "I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me shall absolutely not become hungry, and the one who believes in Me shall absolutely never thirst. (John 6:35)Coming to Jesus refers to accepting Him in Salvation. The one who accepts Christ symbolically eats the Bread of Life. The one who receives Salvation will never hunger for it again. The Bread of Life is symbolized by the Table of Shewbread and the Savior Planet. It symbolizes Faith at Salvation (the Gospel) and after Salvation (Bible Doctrine).
Receiving Salvation is symbolized by drinking water (John 4:14; Rev 21:6; 22:1, 17). Never being thirsty symbolizes eternal security.
Eating the bread and drinking the cup symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ in His substitutionary death on the Cross for all mankind. Unleavened bread symbolizes the impeccable humanity of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union, who was uniquely qualified to bear the sins of the world. The cup symbolizes the blood of Christ, which was poured out as a sacrifice for the sins of the world at the cross. Pouring out one's blood is a metaphor for death. The blood of Christ is a metaphor for His substitutionary spiritual death for the sins of the world.
Partaking of the Eucharist symbolizes confirmation of the New Covenant to the Church in fellowship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ through Salvation (ref. Redemption, Corinthians). This corresponds to the peace offering in which the sacrificial animal was eaten to enter into covenant fellowship with the Lord. Partaking of the Eucharist enters the believer into covenant fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The participant symbolically eats the body and drinks the blood of Christ to commemorate the redemption solution that provided Salvation.
Celebrating the Eucharist is a privilege of the Church (Heb 13:10). Partaking of the Eucharist in an unworthy manner can cause sickness and death (1 Cor 11:27-30). Therefore, Rebound and self-examination are required beforehand (1 Cor 11:31). Self-examination should expose hardness of the heart that is rooted in arrogant opposition to the Christian life. Only disciples (serious students) should take Communion.
Winner believers will be allowed to eat from the Tree of Life in the Garden (Paradise) in the Eternal State.
The one having an ear, hear what the Spirit communicates to the churches. To the winner I will give him to eat from the source of the Tree of Life, which keeps on being in the Paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)"Paradise" is from Persian and means a garden or park.
It is possible to eat and drink in a Resurrection Body
(Luk 24:41-43; Acts 10:41). The disciples ate and drank with Jesus
Christ after His Resurrection.
Feasting symbolizes prosperity (Deut 32:13-14; Psa 81:16; 147:14). The culinary prosperity of Israel (called Jacob) is described in Deuteronomy 32:13-14.
He (the LORD) caused him (Jacob/Israel) to ride upon the high places of the Land;"High places" is a metaphor for the victorious subjugation of the Promised Land, i. e. taking the high ground. (Isa. 58:14). "He ate the produce of the field" refers to the agricultural production of the fertile land. Sucking honey from the rock refers to the wild bees of Canaan, which make their hives in clefts of the rock. "And oil from the flint rock" refers to olive oil from olive trees, which grow in rocky soil.
He ate the produce of the field;
He caused him to suck honey from the rock
And oil from the flint rock. (Deuteronomy 32:13)
Curds from the herd and milk from the flockThe word, "fat," in "fat of lambs" is figurative for the best, the highest quality (Num. 18:12). "Rams reared in Bashan" means sired in Bashan. "The finest of the wheat" is a Hebrew idiom that is literally, kidney-fat of wheat (meaning the finest wheat). And "the blood of the grape" refers to red wine (Gen. 49:11).
With the fat of lambs,
Rams reared in Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat
And of the blood of the grape you drank wine. (Deuteronomy 32:14)
Feasts honor guests (Gen 19:3; 21:8; 40:20; Job 1:4).
Wedding feasts in the ancient world
(Gen 29:21-22; Judg 14:10; Luk 14:8) usually lasted at least a week (Gen
29:28; Judg 14:17).
The Millennium will be a time of feasting and culinary prosperity. The Millennium is called the Wedding Feast of the Lamb (Isa 25:6; Matt 22:1-14; 25:10; Luk 12:36; Rev 19:9).
The LORD of the Armies will prepare for all nations upon this mountain a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, fat pieces full of marrow, wine on the lees thoroughly strained. (Isaiah 25:6)The mountain refers to Mount Zion in the Millennium. The feast is for all the nations of the world to attend. "A feast of fat things" refers to a Spiritual feast (Psa 22:26) that symbolizes the great blessing of the Millennium. "A feast of wine on the lees" means wine matured by resting undisturbed on the lees. Lees is the Hebrew semer, meaning lees or dregs. "Wine on the lees" refers to wine that has been left to stand upon the lees after the first fermentation, and thus, thoroughly fermented. The wine on the lees will be thoroughly strained, and thus, strong and clear. "Fat pieces full of marrow" means the best of meat mixed with marrow, which is the rich heart of bones and considered a delicacy.
Feasts of Israel
Ceremonial feasts were required under the Mosaic Law beginning with the Passover and Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:5-13, 17; Lk 2:41).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb of the Church (1 Cor 5:7), and the Church must be pure from any sin, as symbolized by unleavened bread (1 Cor 5:8).
Harvest feasts were held at the end of harvests, especially in the fall (Ruth 3:2-7).
Fasting may be due to a pressing need or crisis that takes priority over eating (Dan 9:3).
After Daniel read in the book of Jeremiah that Israel would be in captivity in Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:11-12), he realized the time was approaching for Israel to be delivered from captivity. It was the first year of Darius the Mede (538 BC). Daniel had been carried into captivity in 606 BC (Jer 46:2), and the 70 years would be complete in 536 BC. So, Daniel began to fast and pray for forgiveness of the sins of Israel and deliverance from captivity.
Then I turned my face to the Lord God to seek by prayer and supplications with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)Daniel turned his face to God the Father means he entered into God's presence through prayer. His purpose was to intercede for the sins of the nation of Israel to obtain forgiveness of sins and guilt and deliverance from slavery in Babylon. His prayer was accompanied by fasting. He wore sackcloth, a dark-colored cloth made of goat's hair. Sackcloth was used for making corn sacks and worn by mourners (Gen 37:34; Esther 4:1-4). And he sprinkled ashes on his head to symbolize the ultimate humility and a sacrifice for sin that had been burned. The ashes were a testimony of being burned for sins (Gen 18:27; 3:19; Job 30:19; 42:6).
Daniel 9:4-5Daniel interceded for the nation of Israel in captivity. He Rebounded himself and then interceded for the nation of Israel as a citizen of a nation that had sinned, rebelled against God, and turned aside into Reversionism. Israel had rejected the Lord's commandments and ordinances. He recognized the shame of captivity and the curse of the Cycles of National Cursing (Dan 9:11; Deut 28:15), which would only be removed when the people prayed and sought the Lord with the whole heart (Jer 29:10-14). The people of Israel were not yet in the mood to pray. Daniel's fasting was evidence of the dire situation. Later Ezra would also pray for Israel (Ezra 9:5-15).
4 I interceded (prayed) to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "O Lord, the great and awesome God who keeps the Covenant and Gracious Love for those who Love Him and keep His commandments.
5 We have sinned and committed iniquity and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.
While Daniel was praying, Gabriel came to him. Gabriel was dispatched as soon as Daniel had begun praying, since his prayer was operational (Jer 29:10-14). Gabriel not only relayed the answer to Daniel's prayer about the 70 years captivity but gave him another prophecy of 70 weeks of years remaining in the Age of Israel (Dan 9:24).
Thus, Daniel was fasting in order to devote himself to prayer about a pressing problem in the history of Israel. Fasting is giving up the necessity of food due to a more pressing necessity (2 Cor 6:5; 11:27). Paul named hunger (which was fasting) in the list of problems that he endured in order to fulfill his ministry. The priority may be prayer or Faith-Rest (Judg 20:26; 2 Sam 12:16, 21-23).
After suffering 22,000 casualties in a battle against the Tribe of Benjamin, the other Tribes of Israel fasted all day to learn the will of God in doing battle with Benjamin (Judg 20:26). The Lord answered their prayer, but they lost 18,000 more men on the second day before finally annihilating the Tribe of Benjamin on the third day.
When his child was sick, David fasted and prayed, but when the child died, David started eating again (2 Sam 12:16, 21-23).
Fasts of Moses and Christ
Moses fasted when he met with the Lord on the mountain to receive the Tables of the Law (Ex 34:28). Moses neither ate nor drank for 40 days. And the Lord Jesus Christ fasted prior to beginning His Earthly ministry (Matt 4:2). He fasted 40 days and 40 nights before being tested by the devil.
Fasting is a private matter between the believer and the Lord. It is not a public testimony (Matt 6:16-18).
16 "Furthermore, whenever you fast, stop being like the actors on the stage of life, with a sad and gloomy face; for you see, they neglect their appearance in order that they may be noticed by men when they are fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have their reward in full.
17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face
18 In order that the fasting may not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Fasting is suffering. It makes the body weak (1 Sam 14:28; Psa 109:24).
Because King Saul ordered his army to fast, they were exhausted (1 Sam 14:28).
My knees totter from fasting,Fasting makes the knees weak and the body gaunt.
And my flesh has grown lean away from fatness (has become gaunt). (Psalm 109:24)
Fasting in Israel
Fasting was required as a part of the ceremony for the Day of Atonement under the Law (on the 10th of the 7th month Tizri), (Acts 27:9), but ceremonial fasting is not required in the Church. Israel added other fasts (Zech. 7:3; 8:19) to commemorate the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem (10th Tebeth), its capture (17th Tammuz), its destruction (9th Abib), and the murder of Gedaliah (3rd Tizri).2
Grief and Mourning
Fasting was a sign of grief, such as from the death of a loved one (2 Sam 1:12; 12:22; Zech 7:5; Mt 9:15).
Based on Faith
Fasting must be based on faith (Isaiah 58:1-12).
Israel wanted to know why the Lord was not paying attention to their fasts (Isa 58:3).
Isaiah 58:3-4The answer was that on the fast days, the managers went to work full of contention, strife, and evil and oppressed their workers (Isa 58:4).
3 'Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled our soul and You do not notice? Behold, on the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and you oppress all your workers.
4 "Behold, you fast with quarreling and strife and to strike with a malicious (clenched) fist. You do not fast as today to make your voice heard on high.
Are such things as these a fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush and spread sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Do you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the LORD? (Isaiah 58:5)A fast requires more than outer appearance. It requires fellowship and rapport with God.
Is this not a fast that I choose: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to unfasten the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6)A fast should be to loosen the yoke of slavery and free the slaves (Z-axis alignment) (Isa 58:6). Those who are enslaved to the Cosmic System or those who enslave others are not candidates for Grace.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry, and to bring the poor and homeless into your house; When you see the naked, that you cover him; and do not hide yourself from your own flesh (humanity)? (Isaiah 58:7)A fast is to give food to the hungry (X-axis alignment) and bring into your house the poor and homeless (love your neighbor) and give clothing to the needy (Y-axis alignment) (Isa 58:7). Hiding from your own flesh comes from not recognizing the common humanity of all men as brothers.
"Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will spring up speedily, and your Righteousness will go before you, and the Glory of the LORD will follow you. (Isaiah 58:8)If they had X, Y, and Z alignment of the Spiritual life, then their Light would shine (Y-axis), their healing would spring up (Z-axis), and their Righteousness would be established (X-axis) (Isa 58:8)
"Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;If they have X, Y, Z alignment in their Spiritual lives, then their prayers will be answered and their yoke of slavery will be removed (Z-axis) (Isa 58:9). They must remove slavery (Z-axis Cosmic Babylon), pointing the finger (Y-axis Political Babylon), and speaking evil (X-axis Ecumenical Babylon).
You will cry, and He will say, 'Here am I!'
If you remove from your midst the yoke,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking evil, (Isaiah 58:9)
And if you give out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the soul of the afflicted (bowed down), then your light will rise in darkness, and your darkness will become like the light of midday. (Isaiah 58:10)If they give to the hungry (X-axis), satisfy the soul of the afflicted (bowed down) (Z-axis), then their light will shine (Y-axis) (Isa 58:10).
The LORD will guide you continually,The person with aligned X, Y, and Z axes will have success in fasting. The Lord will guide him continually, and his soul will be satisfied with the water of the Word. And he will receive blessing from the Lord.
And satisfy your soul in dry places,
He will invigorate your bones,
And you will become like a well-watered garden
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
In the Church
Fasting in the Church must be in obedience to the will of God under the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
There are no required days of fasting for the Church. However, fasting was used at the beginning of the Church Age and nothing prevents it from occurring today. The Apostle Paul and Barnabus fasted in prayer when appointing pastors of the Galatian Churches (Acts 14:23).
Famine is Divine Punishment (Deut 32:23-24; Jer 11:22; 14:12-18).
Famine may be associated with the cycles of national cursing (Lev 26:26; Psa 105:16; Ezek 16:27). The food supply will be reduced in the Fourth Cycle of National Cursing.5
'When I cut off your food supply (staff), ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out to you your bread by weight (food rationing), so that you will eat and not be satisfied. (Leviticus 26:26)Note, "food supply" is literally "staff of bread," which is a Hebrew idiom.
Famine may symbolize an impending disaster (Deut 28:51-57; Isa 3:1; Jer 37:21; 38:9; Ezek 4:16-17; 14:13; Hos 2:9-12; Rev 6:8). The famine was so bad in Jerusalem before it fell to Babylon in 586 BC that women ate their babies. In the Tribulation the pale horse symbolizes death, which can come from famine (Rev 6:8).
Associated with Individuals
Famine may be Divine punishment of individuals and not the entire nation. God may punish evildoers like the prodigal son by reducing food rations (Prov. 13:25; Luke 15:16).
The believer who is positive to God's Plan does not have to worry about famine (Job 5:20, Psa 34:9-10; 37:19, 25; Rom 8:35).
In famine He will preserve you from death;The LORD knows the life of the Spiritually Mature believers. "Knows" is the Hebrew jada`, which is an X-axis function, like eating. "Spiritually Mature" is the Hebrew tamim, meaning complete, having integrity, and referring to the completed Edification Complex of the Soul. The Spiritually Mature believer will not be ashamed in time of evil and in famine, he will be satisfied with food.
And in battle from the stroke of the sword. (Job 5:20)
18 The LORD knows the days of the Spiritually Mature,
And their inheritance will endure forever.
19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,
And in the days of famine they will be satisfied.
I have been young and now I am old,Righteousness is an X-axis function, as is eating bread. The Lord will not forsake the Righteous one. The Righteous one trusts the Lord for Logistical Grace provision, and his children will not be without daily bread.
Yet I have not seen the Righteous one forsaken
Or his children begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)
Whereas the Spiritual symbolism of eating and drinking is metabolization of Bible Doctrine, the temporal symbolism is sex (Prov 15:15; SOS 5:1).
Drink water from your own cistern,The context of this verse is to avoid fornication and adultery and to have sex only with the Right Woman in Marriage. "Drink water" refers to the conjugal love (sexual love) relationship in marriage. Just as drinking water quenches the thirst, the Right Man - Right Woman have a soulish thirst for conjugal love (sex). The "cistern" symbolizes the female. "Your own cistern" refers to the Right Woman in Marriage, as does "running water from your own well." Running water refers to drinking water, or pure water. Water symbolizes the female response (SOS 4:15).
And running water from your own well. (Proverbs 15:15)
Solomon emerged on the second day of the wedding feast and bragged of having sex with his Shulammite bride.
"I have come into my garden, my sister-bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam; I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; drink and get drunk celebrating." (SOS 5:1)"I have come into my garden, my sister-bride" – "Come" is the Perfect Tense, which is the tense of completed action. The scene has already taken place. It isn't a plan or a fantasy. It refers to entering into the bride's chamber. "Into my garden" refers to a woman (SOS 4:12), i.e. his Shulammite bride, whom he also called his "sister-bride" in SOS 4:12.
"I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam." "Myrrh" was an aromatic oil used in womens' cosmetics (Esth. 2:12).
Now when the turn of each young lady came to go in to King Ahasuerus, after the end of her twelve months under the regulations for the women – for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and the cosmetics for women. (Esth. 2:12, NAS)Myrrh was also perfume sprinkled over the love bed (Prov 7:17).
"I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7:17, NAS)Balsam was a spice used as a fragrance. It is translated "spices" in Esth 2:12; Ezek 27:22.
"I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey." Honey symbolizes the female sexual response. Honey comes from the honeycomb. Eating honey symbolizes having sex.
"I have drunk my wine and my milk." Drinking wine intoxicates, which corresponds to the intoxication of sex. And milk symbolizes emissions during sex. Drinking wine and milk symbolizes having sex.
"Drink and get drunk celebrating." Solomon is inviting the wedding guests to get drunk. "Celebrating" is actually the Hebrew dodim, meaning loves, which, in this case, does not refer to lovers or love-making, but to loving to drink. The merrymakers are to participate in the pleasures of the feast "loving the drink" or to "get drunk celebrating."
Eating or drinking symbolizes making love (SOS 4:16; 5:1; 7:13; 8:2-3). The mouth for eating is also used for kissing in love (Prov 7:13-18; SOS 1:2; 4:11; 5:16; 8:1).
Awake, O north wind, and come in, O south wind!Here the Shulammite woman is inviting her "beloved" Shepherd Lover to have sex with her. The fragrance of love flows from her garden, which is also called his garden because he has authority over her body in sex (1 Cor 7:4). Having sex is symbolized by eating the choice fruits of the garden.
Blow upon my garden; cause its fragrance to flow.
Let my beloved come into his garden and eat his choice fruits. (SOS 4:16)
The Shulammite woman dreams of bringing her Shepherd Lover home with her to meet her mother. She dreams of having sex with him as symbolized by giving him her spiced wine and pomegranate juice to drink.
SOS 8:2-3His left hand under her head and right hand embracing refers to having sex.
2 "I would lead you and bring you
Into the house of my mother, who instructed me;
I would give you spiced wine to drink from the juice of my pomegranates.
3 His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
Come, let us have our fill of sex until morningThis is the invitation of an adulteress to a teenage boy for sex. "Have our fill" is the Hebrew ravah, meaning saturated; drink one's fill; sate, sexually. "Sex" is the Hebrew dod. "In making love" is the Hebrew definite article + be(in) + 'ahab (love).
And delight ourselves in making love. (Proverbs 7:18)
Fruit in the Garden
The fruit that was eaten in the Garden of Eden symbolized the male and female (SOS 4:13; 7:7-8).
SOS 4:12-13Sexual Symbolism of Food
12 A garden locked is my sister-bride;
A spring covered, a fountain sealed.
13 Your shoots are a garden of pomegranates with choice fruits, henna with nard plants;
7 "Your stature is like a palm tree,
And your breasts are like its clusters.
8 I said to myself, 'I will climb the palm tree,
I will take hold of its fruit stalks.
'Your breasts will be to me like clusters of the vine
And the scent of your breath like apples.
Outside the Garden, a meal still symbolizes the sexual relationship. The appetizer symbolizes foreplay. The meat and vegetables of the main course symbolize the male and female. The dessert symbolizes the sweetness of the consummation of sex.
The sexual symbolism of eating includes:
- Soup - sexual arousal.
- Salad - female arousal.
Main course - sex.
- Food (male); drink (SOS 4:15; 8:2) (female)
- Meat - male
- Vegetables - female
- Fish (male); shrimp, shellfish (female)
- Bread (male); butter, gravy, honey (SOS 5:1) (female)
- Salt (male)
- Pepper, spices (SOS 4:10, 14, 16; 8:14) (female)
Dessert - sex
- Fruit - male and female genitals (and breasts) (SOS 2:3; 4:16; 7:7-8)
- Cake (male); pie (female)
- Icing, topping (female)
- Cream, milk (male or female)
Eating symbolizes learning, and sex is intimate knowledge (Gen 4:1, jada` (ud^y*); Prov 24:13-14; 25:16).
Now Adam had sex with (knew intimately) his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, and she said, "I have acquired a male with the help of the Lord." (Genesis 4:1)Adultery is symbolized by eating (Prov 9:4-5, 16-18; 30:20).
Proverbs 9:4-5Oral sex is symbolized by eating (SOS 2:3). The Shulammite woman describes oral sex with her ruddy Shepherd Lover in poetic language.
4 "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!"
To him who lacks understanding she says,
5 "Come, eat of my bread (food),
And drink of the wine I have mixed!
This is the way of an adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, "I have done no wrong." (Proverbs 30:20)
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shadow I had intimate ecstasy and sat down (with him in great delight), and his fruit was sweet to my palate. (SOS 2:3)The apple tree symbolizes her Shepherd Lover, who was ruddy.
"My beloved is dazzling and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand (SOS 5:10, NAS).Sexual Symbolism of Water
Water symbolizes the female sexual response, and drinking water symbolizes sex (Prov 5:15-19).
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
And fresh water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow outside,
Streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be yours alone, and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain (vagina, Hebrew maqor, roqm*) be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 As a loving hind and a graceful ibex, let her breasts satisfy (intoxicate, ravah, hw*r* = make drunk sexually) you at all times; be exhilarated (drunk, high, shanah, hn*v* = to reel, swerve) always with her love.
Floods symbolize female promiscuity (Gen 6; Prov 5:16; Jer 3:2).
The Noahic Flood occurred due to the breakdown of Marriage Culture from female promiscuity when the women married demons. And "streams of water in the streets" (Prov 5:16) symbolize the female promiscuity of the Prostitute of Babylon, who sits on many waters (Rev. 17:1).
"Lift up your eyes to the bare top hills and see:Before the fall of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the people engaged in ritual prostitution in the worship of Baal on hills where the High Places of idolatry were. "Where have you not been ravished?" "Ravished" is the Hebrew shagel (lg@v*), meaning to ravish, rape. It refers to spiritual prostitution by idolatry and comes from Arabic, meaning to pour out water or draw water with buckets. It was regarded by the Masorites as obscene.
Where have you not been ravished?
By the roads you have sat for them
Like an Arab in the desert,
And you have polluted the land
With your prostitution and with your wickedness. (Jeremiah 3:2)
Desert and Drought
A desert and a drought symbolize the dried up female (Jer 3:3; 9:12-14; 14:2-6).
The droughts in Judah before its fall in 586 BC were associated with the female.
Therefore, the showers have been withheld; there has been no latter rain. Yet, you had a prostitute woman's forehead; you refused to be ashamed. (Jeremiah 3:3)The Lord withheld the showers, which were necessary for growing crops in an agricultural economy. There was no "latter rain." The "latter rain" (or spring rain) of March-April was needed to bring crops to maturity (Deut 11:14).
In spite of the drought, the people of Judah did not see the correlation to their evil ways. They had a "prostitute woman's forehead," which means blackout of the mentality of the soul and no light going to the genitals.4 They "refused to be ashamed." They refused to learn from divine punishment. They didn't know how to blush (Jer 6:15; 8:12), and they were not ashamed of being a laughingstock.
Thirst symbolizes unfulfilled sexual desire (Jer 2:25).
Keep your foot from being bare,The bare foot is a metaphor for sexual exposure (Jer 13:22; Deut 28:48). "Thirst" is figuratively applied to sexual desire. Thirst is a desire, like sexual desire; and water corresponds to sex. Therefore, keeping the throat from thirst is an admonition to avoid illicit sex.
And your throat from thirst
But you said, "It is useless!
No! For I have loved strangers (RPR),
And after them I will go. (Jeremiah 2:25)
However, the people of Judah rejected this sermon. They said, "'No! For I have loved strangers." This is Reverse Process Reversionism (RPR) in which the Right Man or Right Woman is rejected for a paramour. RPR in Marriage Culture corresponds to RPR in spiritual adultery (Deut 29:18; 32:16). Judah has rejected God and turned to idols (e.g. Baal). RPR opens up the soul to sexual lust from the OSN along with other perversions.
Spices, such as cinnamon, are aphrodisiacs (SOS 4:10-14; 8:14).
10 How beautiful is your sexual love, my sister-bride!
How much better is your sexual love than wine!
And the fragrance of your oils than all spices!
11 Your lips drip honey, my bride;
Honey and milk are under your tongue;
The fragrance of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
12 A garden locked is my sister-bride;
A spring covered, a fountain sealed.
13 Your shoots are a garden of pomegranates with choice fruits, henna with nard plants;
14 Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all kinds of trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes, along with all the finest spices;
Failing the Prosperity Test
Being sated with food can result in failing the Prosperity Test and falling into Reversionism (Prov 27:7; 30:9).
The sated soul loathes honey,First, note that it is the soul that is sated, not the body. The soul is not sated from blessing but from having its fill of its base desires. "Honey" is not physical honey but the sweetest of Bible Doctrine. The sated soul rejects Logistical Grace. The Exodus generation even complained about the manna, which was perfect food provided by the Lord. They said, "We loathe this miserable food" (Num 21:5).
But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. (Proverbs 27:7)
In contrast, "to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet." The soul that hungers for the Word will enjoy even the painful passages of the scripture. When the soul has its base desires, it loathes honey (the best of Bible Doctrine), but when a soul hungers for Righteousness every morsel is sweet.
Proverbs 30:8-9Here, the writer recognizes Logistical Grace and asks to receive only his appointed portion of daily food, lest he be sated and deny the LORD. "Appointed portion" is the Hebrew choq (qj)), meaning an appointed portion, prescribed portion, or allowance of food (Job 23:12; Pr 30:8; 31:15; Jer 37:21; 52:34; Ezek 16:27; Mt 6:11; Luk 11:3; 1Ti 6:6-8). It refers to the daily bread that is provided from God's Sovereign Design.
8 Vanity and lies remove far from me;
Poverty and riches do not give me;
Feed me with the food that is my appointed portion,
9 Lest I be sated and deny,
And say, "Who is the LORD?"
Lest I become impoverished and steal
And profane the name of my God.
The writer further recognized the danger of becoming impoverished and stealing to satisfy his hunger. Even though a person who steals to satisfy his hunger may not be despised, he is still guilty of robbery (Prov 6:30). This would profane the Holy name of God. "Profane" is the Hebrew tapas (cp^T*), meaning to take hold of the name of God, i.e. to do violence to the name of God by perjury.
Israel was warned of the danger of failing the prosperity test even before entering the Promised Land (Deut 6:11; 8:12; 31:20; 32:15; Neh 9:25; Hos 13:6).
Deuteronomy 8:12-14, NASFat Sodomites
11 "Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;
12 otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them,
13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,
14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
The Sodomites in pride failed to recognize Logistical Grace and became fat (Ezek 16:49).
Behold, this was the guilt of Sodom your sister: pride, sated with food (fat), and undisturbed security, she had with her daughters; but the hand of the poor and needy she did not strengthen. (Ezekiel 16:49)This verse describes the guilt of Sodom that led to its destruction by fire and burial at the bottom of the Dead Sea. Sodom was the most evil city in history. It was full of homosexual rapists; yet, homosexuality is not mentioned as the reason for its guilt. The reasons were:
Furthermore, they had no natural enemies. They didn't have to discipline themselves to form an army to defend their freedom. They were allowed to pursue a lifestyle of lawlessness without fear of reprisal. The Lord allowed them to sow to the wind without fear of the consequences.
In spite of her prosperity and abundance of food, Sodom
did not help the poor and needy. Her heart was hardened and without
love for others. She had no impersonal love for her neighbor (also
Political Babylon). The same held for her sister cities, called "her
daughters," Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim (Deut 29:23).
Jeshurun Grew Fat
Prosperous Israel as Jeshurun grew fat and kicked (Deut 32:15).
"But Jeshurun became fat and kicked -- you became fat, thick, obese -- and let go God who made him and despised the Rock of his salvation." (Deuteronomy 32:15)"Jeshurun" means Righteous Nation and refers to Israel (Deut 33:5, 26; Isa 44:1-2). It is derived from the Hebrew jashar (rv*y*), meaning upright, righteous; just. It is used to refer to God as upright, Client Nation Israel, and Righteous believers.
Jeshurun grew fat and kicked. "Kicked" is the Hebrew ba`at, meaning to kick; to strike out, as an intractable ox (1 Sam 2:29). The figure of Client Nation Israel is that of an ox that has become fat and intractable (Isaiah 10:27; Hosea 4:16). This is failing the prosperity test as predicted (Deut. 6:11-12; 8:10-14; 31:20-21).
"You became fat, thick, obese." "Fat" is the Hebrew samen, meaning to grow fat (a metaphor for prosperity) (Gen 41:2). "Thick" is the Hebrew `abah, meaning to be thick (Deut. 32:15); from Syrian, swell up. And "obese" is the Hebrew kasah, meaning to be covered with fat - obese; to be gorged, as a fat beast; to be gross, bulky. Being obese is a metaphor for excess and failing the prosperity test. Obesity symbolizes: The camel type in the Four Generation Curse and Baal, the giant.
"And let go God who made him." After prospering in the Land, Israel let go of God, meaning loss of Love of God, perfidy, and rejection of Bible Doctrine.
"And despised the Rock of his salvation." Israel rejected the Lord as the Rock (foundation) of its Salvation (Deut 32:4, 18, 30; Ps 89:26). This is Reverse Process Reversionism, which is turning away from the Lord as the Right Man and going for an idol. It happens due to Hardness of the Heart, which is Scar Tissue of the Soul6 that corresponds to the layer of fat on the animal (Matt 13:15; Rom 11:7). This is the counterattack of Ecumenical Babylon.
Those who apply the dietary laws of the Mosaic Law in the Church Age are apostate (Gal 2:12-14; Col 2:13-17; 1 Tim 4:3-5).
Apostates are not satisfied with food. The Exodus generation complained about the manna (Nu 11:4-6; 21:5).
Numbers 11:4-6The mob of camp followers who traveled with the Hebrews complained about the manna and craved the food of Egypt. This incited the congregation of Israel who also complained about the manna, saying, "we loathe this miserable food" (Nu 21:5).
4 The mob who were among them had strong craving, also the people of Israel wept again; they said, "Who will give us meat to eat?"
5 We remember the fish which we ate in Egypt free, the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic,
6 But now our soul is wilted; there is nothing at all except this manna to look at.
Jealousy produces a craving that cannot be satisfied with food or drink. Gluttony is a sin (Deut 21:20; Nu 11:18, 31-33; Prov 23:20-21; 28:7; Matt 11:19; Luk 7:34; Tit 1:12-13). Drinking alcohol is not a sin (1 Tim 5:23), but drunkenness is a sin (Eph 5:18).
Selfish people may not like to share food (Prov 23:6-7).
Proverbs 23:6-7When the soul is selfish, which stems from jealousy, the person will begrudge sharing his food. A frustrated soul produces a frustrated life.
6 Do not eat the bread of the selfish,
Or desire his delicacies;
7 For as a person calculates within his soul, so he is.
He says to you, "Eat and drink!"
But his heart is not with you.
Fat symbolizes arrogance and Hardness of the Heart.
Arrogance (Psa 73:3-4, 7).
Psalm 73Hardness of the Heart, Scar Tissue of the Soul (fat-headed) (Psa 119:70).
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pangs,
Healthy and fat is their belly.
7 Their eyes bulge from fat,
The imaginations of their heart overflow.
Their heart is insensitive like a cover of fat (Psalm 119:70a)
The Four Generation Curse produces Camels and Mule types, both of which have eating and metabolism disorders.3
- Camels – large people of the second generation, who fail the Prosperity Test through Lawlessness. "Jeshurun grew fat" (Deut 32:15)
- Mules – slim people of the fourth generation, who reject authority through legalism. "Jeshurun…kicked"
Curse of Baal or Jezebel
The Curse of Baal or Jezebel produces giants, obese people. There were actual giants and people who grew big like giants. Actual giants included Goliath (1 Sam 17:4-7), who was a descendant of the Rephaim, the aboriginal giants who inhabited Edom, Moab, and Ammon. Og, King of Bashan, of the Rephaim, was the biggest giant known in history. Goliath's ancestors were Zanzumin, half Philistine and half giant.
Others who grew big like giants included: Eli and his sons (1 Sam 2:29), Eglon (king of Moab) (Judg 3:17, 22), Jezebel (2 Ki 9:30-33), Midianite women (Nu 25:5-6), and apostates in Israel (Jer 5:27b-28; Zech 11:16).
The Curse of Jezebel is a Spiritual eating disorder of Ecumenical Babylon (Rev 2:20-23).
Failing the Prosperity Test
Failing the Prosperity Test results in reaping the whirlwind after sowing to the wind (Hos 8:7a). Examples include: the Sodomites (Ezek 16:49) and Jeshurun (Deut 32:15) growing fat.
For they sow to the wind,Sowing to the wind is failing the prosperity test. This is self-induced suffering due to one's own bad decisions under the Law of Volitional Responsibility. The person reaps what he sows. However, reaping the whirlwind is Divine Punishment which God adds.
And they reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads;
It yields no grain.
Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up. (Hosea 8:7)
For he who does wrong (Volitional Responsibility) will receive the consequences of that wrong, which he has done (Divine Punishment), and there is no partiality. (Col 3:25)
"I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers," declares the LORD: "The sword to slay, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the sky and the beasts of the Earth to devour and destroy. (Jeremiah 15:3)Fire
Be sober (operate in Spiritual Self Esteem); be alert. Your enemy, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Fire devours (Nu 26:10; 2 Sam 22:9; Zeph 1:18; 3:8; Rev 11:5).
Bitterness is symbolized by biting and devouring (Gal 5:15).
But if you bite and devour each another, beware that you are not consumed by each other. (Galatians 5:15)Biting and devouring refers to bitterness and fighting either verbal or physical. This leads to being consumed. This is a warning of destruction, perishing. The analogy is of burning up or being completely devoured. The final result, end, destination, is being consumed (perishing).
- Acceptance of Logistical Grace provision
- Filling of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, giving thanks (Rom 14:6; 1 Cor 10:30; 1 Tim 4:5).
- Grace Orientation (1 Tim 4:4).
- Geographical (Isa 1:3) and operational will of God (1 Cor 10:31).
- Willingness to fast (Acts 13:2-3; 1 Cor 4:11; 2 Cor 6:5; 11:27).
- Not complaining (1 Cor 10:9; Ex 16:3; Num 11:4, 6; 21:5; Psa 78:18-20).
- Separation (1 Cor 5:11).
- Eating with unbelievers (1 Cor 10:27).
- Understanding the meaning of the Stage of Life (Psa 23:5).
- Working (Gen 3:17-19; 2 Thess 3:10).
The Eucharist is a privilege of the Church (1 Cor 11:23-26; Heb 13:10). It is not for Old Testament saints.
Eating of the Tree of Life will be a reward for winner believers in the Eternal State (Rev 2:7).
Satan counterattacks Grace in eating through Ecumenical Babylon.
Author: Larry Wood, Released June 25, 2011 - Revised Nov. 30, 2015