Eat and Be Satisfied

New JerusalemIn the Bible pictures of our spiritual eating began with the tree of life in the garden of Eden. They continued with the Passover lamb and bread, and then the daily manna in the wilderness. Joshua 5:11-12 presents the transition after crossing the river Jordan:

“And on the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.”

Deuteronomy 8:7-10 describes the land with its produce:

“For Jehovah your God is bringing you to a good land, a land of waterbrooks, of springs and of fountains, flowing forth in valleys and in mountains; a land of wheat and barley and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees with oil and of honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity; you will not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and from whose mountains you can mine copper. And you shall eat and be satisfied, and you shall bless Jehovah your God for the good land which He has given you.”

Deuteronomy presents the flowing waters as a picture of the Spirit as our spiritual drink, the food as a picture of Christ as our spiritual nourishment, and the metals as a picture of Christ empowering us to fight the spiritual battles. Thank Him for His abundance!

The emphasis in these verses is on eating. When we eat Jesus, we live because of Him. The variety and quantity of food (see also Numbers 13:23) portray the richness of Christ. These riches are proclaimed as the gospel (Ephesians 3:8). To partake, call upon the Lord who is “rich to all who call upon Him” (Romans 10:12-13). We may simply call, O Lord Jesus or we may call and declare, Lord Jesus, You are my food, or Lord Jesus, thank You for being the vine and fig tree to me.

The riches of Christ are for us now and in New Jerusalem, where the twelve fruits of the tree of life indicate eternal fullness and eternal richness.

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