The Gospel according to the cookery book!

“‭He causeth the grass‭ to grow‭‭ for the cattle‭, and herb‭ for the service‭ of man‭: that he may bring forth‭‭ food‭ out of the earth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 104:14.

This morning (26/2/24) I read the words: “‭Consider‭‭ the ravens‭: for‭ they neither‭ sow‭‭ nor‭ reap‭‭; which‭ neither‭ have‭‭ storehouse‭ nor‭ barn‭; and‭ God‭ feedeth‭‭ them‭: how much‭ more‭ are‭‭ ye‭ better than‭‭ the fowls‭?‭ . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Consider‭‭ the lilies‭ how‭ they grow‭‭: they toil‭‭ not‭, they spin‭‭ not‭; and yet‭ I say‭‭ unto you‭, that Solomon‭ in‭ all‭ his‭ glory‭ was‭‭ not‭ arrayed‭‭ like‭ one‭ of these‭,‭”‭ Luke 12:24, 27.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

When I thought upon the word ‘consider’, which is a translation of a Greek word which could also be translated ‘observe and understand’, I saw how that the Lord would have us observe His creation for it, in all its manifested elements, testifies of His merciful providence.

That caused me to think upon the verse above from the Psalms and particularly the words: “that he may bring forth food out of the earth.”

The Bible says: “And . . . ‭‭‭‭‭of making‭‭ many‭‭ books‭ ‭there is‭ no end‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ Ecclesiastes 12:12. This is certainly so of cookery books! I never search the internet for news reports of the events of the day without coming upon innumerable recommended meals and recipes that can be prepared. I do not think I am wrong in thinking that such is the variety of food available from the earth for man that the combinations and dishes that are possible are almost infinite.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


I wonder have you ever thought of just what it is God provides for our good from the earth? I have often pondered how that man, who was created out of “the dust of‭ the ground‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭” (Genesis 2:7), is daily sustained from that which springs up from the earth.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

1. Everything we eat has its origin in the dust. Whether it be fruit, vegetables or meat, it has all come from the earth. What a miracle is involved in the transforming of grass into a juicy steak! It is most laughable that the ‘learned’ evolutionist thinks that the many ruminants somehow taught themselves to chew their cud and turn grass into that which man find’s delicious! Man cannot digest grass otherwise we would have a very abundant food source produced by our lawn! But God has ordained that many creatures can digest grass and from that produce that which we delight to feast upon and digest!

2. Just think of how many varieties of meats there are! Beef from cattle and similar animals such as deer, the tender meat that comes from the sheep, the much loved flesh of the chicken or turkey and then there are the varieties of flesh to come from the oceans!

Each of these creatures not only provide a variety of flavours and tastes, differing from species to species, but even the one creature can produce a variety of flavours. I am thinking particularly of that which we purchase from our butchers. When we seek a portion of meat from a domestic animal, the butcher will ask just what portion of the animal we wish to have for there are many varieties of flavours and textures, all from just the one animal!

Here is a diagram of the many differing ‘cuts’ of meat, with differing and distinctive flavours, which may be obtained from a cow!

I am sure that we have often sat down to lunch, given thanks to the Lord for His kind provision and yet never really considered just how extensive was His kindness!

What we say of the cow, we could repeat with regards all of the creatures upon which we depend for food. How often has mother said, as she divided out the meal: ‘Do you want white or dark meat?’ It is but a testimony of the great goodness of God to us.

3. Again, while not everyone can ‘dine’ on steak, there is in the food chain that which is within our means. In the law of the Levitical offerings, there was provision made for those who could not afford the offering of a heifer or a sheep. Heed these words:

“‭And it shall be, when he shall be guilty‭‭ in one‭ of these ‭things‭, that he shall confess‭‭ that he hath sinned‭‭ in that ‭thing‭:‭ ‭and he shall bring‭‭ his trespass offering‭ unto the LORD‭ for his sin‭ which he hath sinned‭‭, a female‭ from the flock‭, a lamb‭ or a kid‭ of the goats‭, for a sin offering‭; and the priest‭ shall make an atonement‭‭ for him concerning his sin‭.‭ ‭And if he‭ be not able‭ to bring‭‭ a lamb‭, then he shall bring‭‭‭ for his trespass‭, which he hath committed‭‭, two‭ turtledoves‭, or two‭ young‭ pigeons‭, unto the LORD‭; one‭ for a sin offering‭, and the other‭ for a burnt offering‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Leviticus 5:5-7. So it is with our table. If we cannot afford the more expensive meats, there are those available which are cheaper but just as tasty and as nourishing!


It was stated from the beginning that God would provide food for mankind.

“‭And God‭ said‭‭, Behold‭, I have given‭‭ you every herb‭ bearing‭‭ seed‭, which ‭is‭ upon the face‭ of all the earth‭, and every tree‭, in the which ‭is‭ the fruit‭ of a tree‭ yielding‭‭ seed‭; to you it shall be‭‭ for meat‭.‭ ‭And to every beast‭ of the earth‭, and to every fowl‭ of the air‭, and to every thing that creepeth‭‭ upon the earth‭, wherein ‭there is‭ life‭‭, ‭I have given‭ every green‭ herb‭ for meat‭: and it was so,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Genesis 1:29-30.

Later man was told specifically what food sources he should limit himself to. There were creatures deemed ceremonially ‘unclean’ and the Israelite was forbidden to eat such. See Leviticus 11 for example. Later, when the ceremonial law was fulfilled in the life and death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, Paul was able to say: “‭For‭ every‭ creature‭ of God‭ ‭is‭ good‭, and‭ nothing‭ to be refused‭, if it be received‭‭ with‭ thanksgiving‭:‭ ‭for‭ it is sanctified‭‭ by‭ the word‭ of God‭ and‭ prayer‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Timothy 4:4-5.

1. Those who rail against the eating of meat, do so in defiance of God! There are those who have elevated the animal to the same level as the human being and declared that the slaying of animals for food is ‘murder’!

One news report said:

Vegan activists stormed a steakhouse and disrupted diners’ meals by playing recordings of animals being killed in an effort to convince people to stop eating meat.

Around 20 demonstrators chanted: “It’s not food, it’s violence,” and held placards showing farm animal slaughter to highlight what they called the “unsustainable and unethical exploitation and suffering” in the meat industry.

The protesters, from a network called Direct Action Everywhere, initially entered the Touro Steakhouse in Brighton quietly while customers ate steaks.

Another headline ran: “Vegan activists ‘blackmail’ butcher into displaying sign saying killing animals is ‘violent and unjust.’”

This is but ignorant and rebellious man defying God and seeking to supplant His Holy Law. One other report I read stated: “Some older observational studies that include processed meats have correlated eating meat with certain cancers and heart disease. While more recent, higher-quality randomised control trials and review studies reveal that fresh steak and its saturated animal fat are not dangerous.

In 2021 the first high-quality studies of the all-meat carnivore diet have been released, showing that eating primarily steak while forgoing plant foods is remarkably healthy.”

That is but an ‘Amen’ to the teaching of Holy Scripture.

2. Perhaps it is more of the case of these ‘Vegan’ rebels demeaning man to the level of the animal rather than an elevating of the animal to the level of man! To the evolutionist, man is but an animal, perhaps a little higher up the evolutionary chain but still essentially an animal! Consequently, if the killing of a human being is ‘murder’ then so too is the slaying of a ‘fellow animal’. There is a fundamental difference between man and the beast. “‭And the LORD‭ God‭ formed‭‭ man‭ ‭of‭ the dust‭ of‭ the ground‭, and breathed‭‭ into his nostrils‭ the breath‭ of life‭; and man‭ became a living‭ soul‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Genesis 2:7. Man has an eternal spiritual nature as well as a physical frame. That is not so with the beast. While we and they have a physical nature man has a spiritual nature as well. This makes the differentiation between man and beast.

Thus the order that God has ordained regarding what we eat, and more importantly, the very core of God’s ordering of things for mankind, is turned upside down by rebellious man!

That is what ‘apostasy’ is all about. It is that ’spirit’ which in the days of Noah had produced a population so grievous in the eyes of God. “‭And GOD‭ saw‭‭ that the wickedness‭ of man‭ ‭was‭ great‭ in the earth‭, and ‭that‭ every imagination‭ of the thoughts‭ of his heart‭ ‭was‭ only‭ evil‭ continually‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Genesis 6:5.

That same spirit of rebellion is very obvious today. We see once again “the wickedness of man . . . great in the earth.” The order that God instituted for men is challenged and defied at every level. ‭‭Men‭ universally are ‬‬‬“‭‭‭‭‭lovers of their own selves‭, covetous‭, boasters‭, proud‭, blasphemers‭, disobedient‭ to parents‭, unthankful‭, unholy‭,‭ ‭without natural affection‭, trucebreakers‭, false accusers‭, incontinent‭, fierce‭, despisers of those that are good‭,‭ ‭traitors‭, heady‭, highminded‭‭, lovers of pleasures‭ more‭ than‭ lovers of God‭;‭ ‭having‭‭ a form‭ of godliness‭, but‭ denying‭‭ the power‭ thereof‭,‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Timothy 3:2-5.

Who can deny that such a spirit is very evident at every level of society?

3. It should be remembered that the Lord Jesus was a ‘meat eater’! Proof of this is seen in Matthew 26:17. “‭Now‭ the first‭ ‭day‭ of the ‭feast of‭ unleavened bread‭ the disciples‭ came‭‭ to Jesus‭, saying‭‭ unto him‭, Where‭ wilt thou‭‭ that we prepare‭‭ for thee‭ to eat‭‭ the passover‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

At the Passover, a a lamb was prepared and eaten. That was ordained by the Lord back in the days of the Exodus from Egypt, Exodus 12. Christ, as was His habit, kept the Law of God and ate the Passover Lamb with His disciples, having first offered thanks for it.


1. The Lord has many rods of chastening at His disposal. He can smite men with ailments and disease. Aye, even His own people. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “‭But‭ let‭‭ a man‭ examine‭‭ himself‭, and‭ so‭ let him eat‭‭ of‭ ‭that‭ bread‭, and‭ drink‭‭ of‭ ‭that‭ cup‭.‭ ‭For‭ he that eateth‭‭ and‭ drinketh‭‭ unworthily‭, eateth‭‭ and‭ drinketh‭‭ damnation‭ (condemnation) to himself‭, not‭ discerning‭‭ the Lord’s‭ body‭.‭ ‭For‭‭ this‭ cause‭ many‭ ‭are‭ weak‭ and‭ sickly‭ among‭ you‭, and‭ many‭ sleep‭‭.‭ ‭For‭ if‭ we would judge‭‭ ourselves‭, we should‭ not‭ be judged‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 11:28-31.

He can deprive them of peace and security. “‭And the children‭ of Israel‭ did‭‭ evil‭ in the sight‭ of the LORD‭: and the LORD‭ delivered‭‭ them into the hand‭ of Midian‭ seven‭ years‭.‭ ‭And the hand‭ of Midian‭ prevailed‭‭ against Israel‭: ‭and‭ because‭ of the Midianites‭ the children‭ of Israel‭ made‭‭ them the dens‭ which ‭are‭ in the mountains‭, and caves‭, and strong holds‭.‭ ‭And ‭so‭ it was, when Israel‭ had sown‭‭, that the Midianites‭ came up‭‭, and the Amalekites‭, and the children‭ of the east‭, even they came up‭‭ against them;‭ ‭And they encamped‭‭ against them, and destroyed‭‭ the increase‭ of the earth‭, till thou come‭‭ unto Gaza‭, and left‭‭ no sustenance‭ for Israel‭, neither sheep‭, nor ox‭, nor ass‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Judges 6:1-4.

It is not armies or governments that protect our borders. This is in the hand of the Lord!

He can take away their wealth and possessions. “‭Then the LORD‭ said‭‭ unto Moses‭, Go‭‭ in unto Pharaoh‭, and tell‭‭ him, Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ God‭ of the Hebrews‭, Let my people‭ go‭‭, that they may serve‭‭ me.‭ ‭For if thou refuse‭ to let ‭them‭ go‭‭, and wilt hold‭‭ them still,‭ ‭Behold, the hand‭ of the LORD‭ is‭‭ upon thy cattle‭ which ‭is‭ in the field‭, upon the horses‭, upon the asses‭, upon the camels‭, upon the oxen‭, and upon the sheep‭: ‭there shall be‭ a very‭ grievous‭ murrain‭.‭ ‭And the LORD‭ shall sever‭‭ between the cattle‭ of Israel‭ and the cattle‭ of Egypt‭: and there shall nothing‭ die‭‭ of all ‭that is‭ the children’s‭ of Israel‭.‭ ‭And the LORD‭ appointed‭‭ a set time‭, saying‭‭, To morrow‭ the LORD‭ shall do‭‭ this thing‭ in the land‭.‭ ‭And the LORD‭ did‭‭ that thing‭ on the morrow‭, and all the cattle‭ of Egypt‭ died‭‭: but of the cattle‭ of the children‭ of Israel‭ died‭‭ not one‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 9:1-6.

This was but one of the chastening judgments that the Lord sent upon Egypt. When the Lord was finished pouring out His plagues upon Egypt, Pharaoh and his people they were more than willing to let Israel go! “‭And the Egyptians‭ were urgent‭‭ upon the people‭, that they might send‭‭ them out of the land‭ in haste‭‭; for they said‭‭, We ‭be‭ all dead‭‭ ‭men‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 12:33.

2. But one of the most severe rods of chastening is God stopping the production of food. All that is required to bring forth food from the earth is controlled by the Lord. The rain, the sunshine and the very act of germination — all are under His hand. Remember Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭What God‭ ‭is‭ about to do‭‭ he sheweth‭‭ unto Pharaoh‭.‭ ‭Behold, there come‭‭ seven‭ years‭ of great‭ plenty‭ throughout all the land‭ of Egypt‭:‭ ‭and there shall arise‭‭ after them‭ seven‭ years‭ of famine‭; and all the plenty‭ shall be forgotten‭‭ in the land‭ of Egypt‭; and the famine‭ shall consume‭‭ the land‭;‭ ‭and the plenty‭ shall not be known‭‭ in the land‭ by reason‭ of that famine‭ following‭‭; for it ‭shall be‭ very‭ grievous‭.‭ ‭And for that the dream‭ was doubled‭‭ unto Pharaoh‭ twice‭; ‭it is‭ because the thing‭ ‭is‭ established‭‭ by‭ God‭, and God‭ will shortly‭‭ bring it to pass‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Genesis 41:28-32.

It should be remembered that the Lord is able to swiftly TURN plenty in to poverty! This nation may well learn this lesson soon!

One of the features of the last days is FAMINE. “‭Then‭ said he‬‬ (the Saviour) ‭‭‭‭ unto them‭, Nation‭ shall rise‭‭ against‭ nation‭, and‭ kingdom‭ against‭ kingdom‭:‭ ‭and‭ great‭ earthquakes‭ shall be‭‭ in‭ divers places‭, and‭ famines‭, and‭ pestilences‭; and‭ fearful sights‭ and‭ great‭ signs‭ shall there be‭‭ from‭ heaven‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 21:10-11.

Please heeds these words which display the scenes at the end of this age.

“‭And‭ after‭ these things‭ I saw‭‭ another‭ angel‭ come down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, having‭‭ great‭ power‭; and‭ the earth‭ was lightened‭‭ with‭ his‭ glory‭.‭ ‭And‭ he cried‭‭ mightily‭ with‭ a strong‭ voice‭, saying‭‭, Babylon‭ the great‭ is fallen‭‭, is fallen‭‭, and‭ is become‭‭ the habitation‭ of devils‭, and‭ the hold‭ of every‭ foul‭ spirit‭, and‭ a cage‭ of every‭ unclean‭ and‭ hateful‭‭ bird‭.‭ ‭For‭ all‭ nations‭ have drunk‭‭ of‭ the wine‭ of the wrath‭ of her‭ fornication‭, and‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭ have committed fornication‭‭ with‭ her‭, and‭ the merchants‭ of the earth‭ are waxed rich‭‭ through‭ the abundance‭ of her‭ delicacies‭.‭ ‭And‭ I heard‭‭ another‭ voice‭ from‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, Come‭‭ out of‭ her‭, my‭ people‭, that‭‭ ye be‭‭ not‭ partakers‭‭ of her‭ sins‭, and‭ that‭‭ ye receive‭‭ not‭ of‭ her‭ plagues‭.‭ ‭For‭ her‭ sins‭ have reached‭‭‭‭‭ unto‭ heaven‭, and‭ God‭ hath remembered‭‭ her‭ iniquities‭.‭ ‭Reward‭‭ her‭ even‭ as‭ she‭ rewarded‭‭ you‭, and‭ double‭‭ unto her‭ double‭ according to‭ her‭ works‭: in‭ the cup‭ which‭ she hath filled‭‭ fill‭‭ to her‭ double‭.‭ ‭How much‭ she hath glorified‭‭ herself‭, and‭ lived deliciously‭‭, so much‭ torment‭ and‭ sorrow‭ give‭‭ her‭: for‭ she saith‭‭ in‭ her‭ heart‭, I sit‭‭ a queen‭, and‭ am‭‭ no‭ widow‭, and‭ shall see‭‭ no‭ sorrow‭.‭ ‭Therefore‭‭ shall‭‭ her‭ plagues‭ come‭‭ in‭ one‭ day‭, death‭, and‭ mourning‭, and‭ famine‭; and‭ she shall be utterly burned‭‭ with‭ fire‭: for‭ strong‭ ‭is‭ the Lord‭ God‭ who‭ judgeth‭‭ her‭.‭ ‭And‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭, who‭ have committed fornication‭‭ and‭ lived deliciously‭‭ with‭ her‭, shall bewail‭‭ her‭, and‭ lament‭‭ for‭ her‭, when‭ they shall see‭‭ the smoke‭ of her‭ burning‭,‭ ‭standing‭‭ afar‭ off‭ for‭ the fear‭ of her‭ torment‭, saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭ Babylon‭, that mighty‭ city‭! for‭ in‭ one‭ hour‭ is‭‭ thy‭ judgment‭ come‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ the merchants‭ of the earth‭ shall weep‭‭ and‭ mourn‭‭ over‭ her‭; for‭ no man‭ buyeth‭‭ their‭ merchandise‭ any more‭:‭ ‭The merchandise‭ of gold‭, and‭ silver‭, and‭ precious‭ stones‭, and‭ of pearls‭, and‭ fine linen‭, and‭ purple‭, and‭ silk‭, and‭ scarlet‭, and‭ all‭ thyine‭ wood‭, and‭ all manner‭ vessels‭ of ivory‭, and‭ all manner‭ vessels‭ of‭ most precious‭ wood‭, and‭ of brass‭, and‭ iron‭, and‭ marble‭,‭ ‭and‭ cinnamon‭, and‭ odours‭, and‭ ointments‭, and‭ frankincense‭, and‭ wine‭, and‭ oil‭, and‭ fine flour‭, and‭ wheat‭, and‭ beasts‭, and‭ sheep‭, and‭ horses‭, and‭ chariots‭, and‭ slaves‭, and‭ souls‭ of men‭.‭ ‭And‭ the fruits‭ that thy‭ soul‭ lusted after‭ are departed‭‭ from‭ thee‭, and‭ all things‭ which‭ were dainty‭ and‭ goodly‭ are departed‭‭ from‭ thee‭, and‭ thou shalt find‭‭ them‭ no more‭ at all‭.‭ ‭The merchants‭ of these things‭, which‭ were made rich‭‭ by‭ her‭, shall stand‭‭ afar‭ off‭ for‭ the fear‭ of her‭ torment‭, weeping‭‭ and‭ wailing‭‭,‭ ‭and‭ saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭, that was clothed in‭‭ fine linen‭, and‭ purple‭, and‭ scarlet‭, and‭ decked‭‭ with‭ gold‭, and‭ precious‭ stones‭, and‭ pearls‭!‭ ‭For‭ in one‭ hour‭ so great‭ riches‭ is come to nought‭‭. And‭ every‭ shipmaster‭, and‭ all‭ the company‭ in‭ ships‭, and‭ sailors‭, and‭ as many as‭ trade‭‭ by sea‭, stood‭‭ afar‭ off‭,‭ ‭and‭ cried‭‭ when they saw‭‭ the smoke‭ of her‭ burning‭, saying‭‭, What‭ ‭city is‭ like‭ unto this great‭ city‭!‭ ‭And‭ they cast‭‭ dust‭ on‭ their‭ heads‭, and‭ cried‭‭, weeping‭‭ and‭ wailing‭‭, saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭, wherein‭‭ were made rich‭‭ all‭ that had‭‭ ships‭ in‭ the sea‭ by reason of‭ her‭ costliness‭! for‭ in one‭ hour‭ is she made desolate‭‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 18:1-19.

Thus famine is amongst the ultimate judgments with which God can inflict sinful men.

3. How conscious the Christian should be of the mercy of God in spreading a table for us. Ought we not to remember that the Saviour would have us pray EVERY DAY for our food? “‭Give‭‭ us‭ this day‭ our‭ daily‭ bread‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 6:11. It is He, not Tesco or Spar or Aldi Who is the source of our daily food. The ‘blue mould’ which we frequently see formed on bread and other foodstuffs, reminds us of the tenuous nature of our food supply. We need daily replenishing from the hand of God and for this we must humbly pray.

Of course man, true to his depraved and rebellious nature, believes that he, by his wisdom and skill, can ensure a supply of food. We see the order of God altered in this area of man’s activities of late. Greed has turned fields in to acres of concrete upon which are built beef factories, milk factories, egg factories, chicken factories. There are many ‘farm’ animals which never have stood on grass!

Drugs have been invented and applied to the production of food with adverse result, only some of which have become evident! Cows today produce twice, three times as much milk as they did when I was a boy. Of course they live a lot shorter lives. Man in his greed, cares nothing for the wellbeing of the animal except where it is to maintain his profits. That is not what the Lord would have. “‭A righteous‭ ‭man‭ regardeth‭‭ the life‭ of his beast‭: but the tender mercies‭ of the wicked‭ ‭are‭ cruel‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Proverbs 12:10.

And yet, to a very large, indeed immeasurable degree, God in mercy continues to send forth food to the nations which have turned their back upon Him. That is the testimony of the multiplicity of cookery books with their unending variety of recipes and suggestions for food preparations.

The next time a cookery book is consulted or a seat is taken at a table ladened with good things, let there be a recognising of the kind treatment sinful man enjoys at the hands of God and et thanks be offered sincerely.

If you are not saved, doubtless you have never given any thought to such a matter. Just as you have ignored the wonderful message of mercy and love presented by the Bible so you have daily partaken of the gracious provision of God that keeps you alive without a thought of where it has come from or how that it is on the table before you requiring only that you reach out and partake of it and live.

So it is with the gospel ‘food’ set forth in Holy Scripture. Christ is the ‘bread of life’ for the soul. Just as you have but to eat the food on the table to enjoy physical life even so you have but to partake of the food of God in order to enjoy spiritual life.

“‭I‭ am‭‭ that bread‭ of life‭.‭ ‭Your‭ fathers‭ did eat‭‭ manna‭ in‭ the wilderness‭, and‭ are dead‭‭.‭ ‭This‭ is‭‭ the bread‭ which‭ cometh down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, that‭‭ a man‭ may eat‭‭ thereof‭‭, and‭ not‭ die‭‭.‭ ‭I‭ am‭‭ the living‭‭ bread‭ which‭ came down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭: if‭ any man‭ eat‭‭ of‭ this‭ bread‭, he shall live‭‭ for‭ ever‭: and‭‭ the bread‭ that‭ I‭ will give‭‭ is‭‭ my‭ flesh‭, which‭ I‭ will give‭‭ for‭ the life‭ of the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 6:48-51.

I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!
The message unto you I’ll give.
’Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

Look and live,” my brother, live.
Look to Jesus now and live.
Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.

I’ve a message full of love, Hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you.
’Tis a message from above, Hallelujah!
Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true.

Life is offered unto you. Hallelujah!
Eternal life your soul shall have
If you’ll only look to Him. Hallelujah!
Look to Jesus, who alone can save.

I will tell you how I came, Hallelujah!
To Jesus when He made me whole:
’Twas believing on His name, Hallelujah!
I trusted and He saved my soul.

Look and live,” my brother, live.
Look to Jesus now and live.
Tis recorded in His Word, Hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
26th February 2024