Before traveling to a foreign country, if possible, familiarize yourself with its dietary customs.
John 6:53-56 – Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Jesus said He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. in the Old Testament, the law said the only meat that was clean for the Israelite to eat had to “chew the cud,” and had to have a “cloven hoof.” Does that mean that for the New Testament believer that we cannot enjoy pork or many elements of wild game? Certainly not. That law, however, was not destroyed; it has been fulfilled. That is, it has been given a true spiritual meaning that still speaks to the heart of the New Testament believer. I am not limited to physical attributes of the meat I would eat, but my spiritual meat needs to be critically examined. My spiritual meat comes through those who proclaim the Word of God to me. Do they have the Word of God in their mouth (chew the cud), and do they clearly follow after the Lord (have a cloven hoof)? If those I would allow to speak into my life do not, then I am allowing that which is unclean to enter into my spirit man. In the Old Testament, fish an Israelite could consume had to have scales. When I consume the Word of God as my spiritual food, is it delivered to me by a delivery vessel that is clothed in the “whole armor of God?” You see, Jesus did not destroy the law, but rather He fulfilled it.
My heavenly diet that feeds my spirit man is the Word of God. It is that same Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us, and it was He Whose glory we beheld, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. When we eat of the Bread of Life, or of the meat of the Word, or of “His flesh,” it is not that natural body He wore while in the earth, not is it is current glorified body He wears as He sits on the right hand of Father. When we consume His flesh, we are consuming the Word of God. You do that when you hear His Word, read His Word, study His Word, meditate upon His Word, or hide His Word in your heart. And when we partake of Communion, the bread does not become His natural body, nor does the cup become His natural blood. They are symbols of remembrance that Jesus became the Word of God made flesh, and though His body was broken, His Word will NEVER be broken, for God and His Word are one. Let us live daily to partake of the Heavenly Diet of His Word, knowing that is made possible by His blood that paved the way for us to come into the divine presence of our Holy God.
Manna for Today – John 6:22-59; John 1:1 & 14; Matthew 5:17, 6:11, & 16:26; Mark 7:27; James 1:17; Ephesians 5:26; Proverbs 4:20-23