It’s on the table.
Outside the old man had just finished washing his hands at a hose bib by the door of the garage and was walking with that slight bow legged limp towards the house,
sat down to the table right at noon, his lunch in place waiting for him.
I remember coming in and sitting down with him. On his plate were some boiled red bliss potatoes, salted and buttered, and a couple slices of venison laying in a thin clear brown gravy, au jus I think my wife would call it.
He saw me looking at his food and I had made a comment about having never tasted venison.
He had taken a couple bites already, said more than questioned, “You never tasted venison?” and pushed his plate over to me and said “Have it.”
I was young, enjoyed food, Gram was a great cook and after a half hearted objection unabashedly went after the contents of that plate.
He had a cup of hot tea, we had a little sparse conversation and I really enjoyed his lunch. And I think he really enjoyed it that I did. Hard man, tendered with age. There are moments when the memory of him are very clear. I was blessed in that the Lord allowed me to know him.
He and his wife endured the great depression of 1929 to 1939 (10 years). Their first child was born in 1926, by 1933 they had four. Two more were yet to come and miscarriage once or twice, I don’t remember. They learned how to survive. So food wasn’t something insignificant to him. It was nourishment. It was absolutely needed. It was good. And it meant something to be able to put it on the table, share with others, and no one goes away hungry.
The food he gave me was for my physical need and gratification. The spirit in which he gave it was of generosity and love… I believe.
Moses said it first:
“He humbled you, allowing you to become hungry, and then fed you with man, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever known, to make you understand that a person does not live on food alone but on everything that comes from the mouth of Adonai.” Deuteronomy 8:3 CJB.
Then Yeshua spoke those words against the evil one:
“But He answered, ‘’’The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.’’’’’ Matthew 4:4 CJB.
Yeshua, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14 AKJB
“I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 CJB.
Our creator, the One who desires us, provides for our physical needs with food but more importantly and precious is His Word, in flesh and in living word.
The Living Word, the written Word nourishes and sustains life forever. They are the food provided by a generous and loving God that satisfies the hunger in us, the hunger for life and truly, whether we realize it or not, the hunger to know and be with Him. I believe He created us all with that hunger.
We come to His table and look at the food… He offers… We may resist at first but then accept and eat and be gratified and be satisfied. And I believe it is His pleasure to see it in us, His pleasure to do it.
Wasn’t it Paul who said to be friendly to outsiders, “…for in so doing, some people, without knowing it, have entertained angels.”?
Could it be possible that there is a principle here at work that could be applied to those who we don’t witness coming to faith by the formula we are given but who live their lives in the spirit of Torah and in so doing have entertained, garnered for themselves favor in Yahweh’s eyes. Yahweh sees the heart and according to His perspective judges if there is faith there or not. We are not able to perfectly, accurately do that, a very sensitive and critical thought. It is God’s discretion. We must live by what He tells us not by speculation. But I believe there is hope in our ignorance. God is good.
So I’m not sure that our Father’s Word, The Word, is an acquired taste but it will become a meal that grows more enjoyable with each bite and sitting at His table will become more and more the desire and anticipation of our hearts.
Our prayer is, Father, that we will have the same generosity and love towards others in us that You have in Yourself towards us, that we see through to their hunger and offer the food and drink that puts an end to hunger and thirst.
There is no one like You.
We love You Abba.
In Yeshua’s name we pray. Amen.
May God’s love be in us all.