Honoring Christ In The Meal


Meals as Historical Turning Points Let’s give a short synopsis of how Scripture’s storyline and historical turning points are built around meals:

  • God’s blessing began in the garden with a meal (Gen. 1:29).

  • God gave Adam and Eve a choice to eat of blessing or curse, symbolized in the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

  • The curse, fall of mankind, and Satan’s temptation happened over a meal (Gen. 2:16–17).

  • The first family struggle, over a food offering, resulted in murder. Cain and Abel (Gen. 4).

  • In the Flood, God preserved animals and food for Noah’s family as blessing and destroyed everyone else as a sign of curse (Gen. 7:1–3).

  • The first burnt offering & declaration of clean & unclean food (Gen. 9:3–4).

  • The beginning fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham is made over a meal (Gen. 18:2).

  • Jacob deceives Esau over food (Gen. 25).

  • Joseph’s rise to power is during a famine, and Joseph’s wise reign leads to provision for all (Gen. 37–52).

  • God’s work in freeing his people from the Egyptians is remembered in the Passover meal (Exod. 12).

  • God provides manna for his people in wandering (Num.).

  • Ruth, through whose lineage would come King David, was provided for, betrothed, and kept alive by Boaz through gleanings of wheat (Ruth).

  • Daniel refused to eat from Nebuchadnezzar’s table and asked to continue in his freedom to eat as God had instructed (Dan. 1:8).

  • God’s sovereign rule and the deliverance of the entire Jewish nation in the Book of Esther comes over a meal (Purim) (Esther).

  • Jesus enters his ministry and is tempted with food (Luke 4).

  • Jesus’ ministry is spent attending Jewish Feasts (John 2) and feeding people (Mark 6:30–44).

  • When “all authority in heaven and earth is given to Jesus,” in his last moments before the cross, he chose to hold the Last Supper (Luke 22:7–23).

  • The church begins, forms, and grows over meals (Acts 2:42).

  • Meals are used to symbolize fake religion or true freedom (Col. 2:20–23).

  • Weak and Strong faith is contrasted through the metaphor of eating (Rom. 14).

  • Heaven on Earth (The Final kingdom) is portrayed as Table Fellowship, around a Tree of Life, at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:6–9).

Every time God initiates something in the timeline of history, it is done in and around a meal. The remaining days in this study will explore why.