I love church!
But I have one problem, and here’s the deal. I love being in church, but about 11 am every Sunday, man my stomach starts growling. By 11:15 I can almost smell the tacos. I can almost taste that ice cold Coke. By 11:45 I lean over and ask my beautiful wife, “what’s for lunch?” And she always gives me the same look.
I love church! But Monday-Saturday, I eat at around 11:00. One day a week I guess I just have to suffer. I will buffet my body and be ready for the buffet later.
Seriously though, how many of you have been there? Church is awesome, God is good, and you’re thinking about ribs on the grill and tall glass of lemonade? Come on, fess up…I can’t be the only one.
9 out of 10 doctors agree that if you don’t eat you’re going to die. God knows this because he made us this way! But in every church I have been to, there’s always a sign that says, no food or drink allowed. Man that’s a kick to the gut for a guy like me. It’s almost a deal breaker. I suffer through though and by 1:00 pm or so every Sunday I have had my fill of something.
In those verses, Jesus is quoting the OT, specifically Deuteronomy 8. You know what was going on there, right? The Israelites had been stuck in the desert for 40 years. Nothing like a wilderness experience to make you lean. I know that for a fact. (If you want you can read about it here.)
Why did Jesus go all the way back there? Why did Jesus bring up the image of the exodus – of 40 years wandering through the desert?
I think it’s because of this – all of the Old Testament, all of the law, all of the prophesy, all of the visions and dreams of an entire nation - he was standing right there! Jesus said in the sermon on the mount that he did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it. God’s people were spiritually parched. They were starving for something from God. There Jesus stood, and they didn’t even see him, couldn’t see him for who he really was.
In the sermon on the mount, which was right after his wilderness experience, Jesus took his people back – he provoked their senses with some of the most powerful memories of their past, in order that they might see the present. Jesus wanted them and us to know – it’s all about him.
Try to think of a time when you were hungry, and how it felt to be nourished and satisfied. Think of a time when you were truly thirsty, and how that first sip of an ice cold drink felt when it hit the back of your throat. Ask the Holy Spirit what he wants to show you – about yourself, your relationship with him. Tomorrow we will continue to get our grub on!