The Word Or The Food?
Your remember the face-off between Jesus and the devil (in Mathew 4:1-3) where the devil tried to tempt Jesus by telling Him to turn stone into bread? Well, continue reading to glimpse a natural account that appropriates The word and The Food accordingly.
Anchor Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
"As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. "Master, don't you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand."
"The master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up for nothing. One thing only is essential and Mary has chosen it - it's the main course, and won't be taken from her."
Note that Jesus didn't rebuke food, He only emphasized that the word should be served first before the food. No wonder He gave Peter a three-fold command to 'Feed His Sheep' - John 21:15-17
Good food is serious temptation, especially when one decides to tread the line of fasting just like Jesus. Ever wondered why people (including children) steal a piece of meat from the cooking pot? *lol
If we reflect on the life of Jesus, we'll realize He was a food lover.
- It was at a banquet He attended that prompted Him to perform his first miracle by turning water into wine. -John 2:1-12
- He multiplied the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed the multitude. -Mathew 14:13-21
- At the last supper, He gave bread and wine to his disciples to eat and drink, in turn representing His flesh and blood. -Luke 22:17-19
Jesus' love for food didn't deter him from prioritizing the better part; The Word
Was Martha wrong for trying to prepare a meal for their special guest (Jesus) who was obviously famished after a long trip? No! As a matter of fact, it was in the tradition of the Jews to treat guests (especially travelers) to good meal and a comfortable place to rest their head. Note that Jesus didn't stop her from entering the kitchen to fix things up until she (Martha) went ballistic on Mary.
Don't be so engrossed in food that you forget to give preference to The Word.
Remember that food can go soar and be taken away from you, but the word cannot be taken from you, neither does it have an expiry date.
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