Taste and See How Good God Is!
God created us in His own image. Everything about our bodies is remarkable. Scientists are constantly learning new things about how we tick. Our design includes the wonder of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
There are so many scriptures that mention the five senses. It is my feeling that since the earth is but mere glimpse of heaven, our senses will be magnified and all the more wondrous once we reach our eternal home.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
Today, I will mention just a few thoughts about the sense of taste. We can all appreciate a good meal. When a well-cooked steak or a slice of homemade bread is set before me, I can actually imagine I have been temporarily transported into the heavenlies. Not only is food fuel for our bodies, but God also created a vast variety of foods for our enjoyment and pleasure.
Eating and growing food are mentioned throughout the Bible. God knew we could relate to preparing the soil for seed and bringing in a harvest. Grape vineyards and olive orchards were important to the Jewish community.
“No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.” 1 Timothy 5:23 (NKJV)
“He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart.”
Psalm 104:14-15 (NKJV)
The importance of olive oil is evident in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25). In your own study time, look up the many scriptures that mention “oil” and “olives.” I assure you that there is much to learn from these two words.
“And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.; and while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterwards, the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!” But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Matthew 25:8-12 (NKJV)
“You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.” Exodus 27:20 (NKJV)
When the Israelites were wandering the desert, after Moses had led them out of Egypt, they complained about the shortage of food. God provided for their need but also decided to test them. He gave Moses specific instructions on how the Jews were to collect the heavenly bread they called manna.
“The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’ Then the Lord said to Moses,
‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow My instructions.” Exodus 16: 13-14 (NKJV)
“And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:31 (NKJV)
This food was not only sufficient to maintain life but it was sweet to the taste. God did not send His children bitter roots or sour grapes! For 40 years they daily collected what they needed and used it for baking.
Jesus and His disciples ate many meals together but the most memorable is “the last supper.” During Passover, Christ and His disciples gathered in a large upper room that was completely furnished (Luke 22:10-11). In this gospel, we have an account of at least two things severed at the meal: wine and unleavened bread. There was also the possibility of lamb, pomegranates, figs, and bitter herbs. Honey and olive oil were staples and most likely on the table too.
Just as bitter herbs represent bitter and trying times, honey is sweet to the taste and serves to remind us of happy and “sweet” times. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Before we eat our meals, let us remember how good the Lord is and thank Him for the abundance of food on our table. Then, enjoy it. This life has many trials and sorrows but there is also joy to be found in good company, conversations sprinkled with the love of Christ, and tasty fixings.