Eat and Rejoice

New JerusalemIn the Bible, God’s first command to man was about eating. The first few books of the Bible present the tree of life, the Passover lamb and bread, manna, and eating the produce of the good land. The Bible concludes with the tree of life for our eternal eating.

Deuteronomy 12 has instructions about eating at home and eating at the place which God chose to put His name [Jerusalem]. Verses 5b-7 say,

to His habitation, shall you seek, and there shall you go. And there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices and your tithes and the heave offering of your hand and your vows and your freewill offerings and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock; and there you shall eat before Jehovah your God, and you and your households shall rejoice in all your undertakings, in which Jehovah your God has blessed you.”

Israel gathered in Jerusalem for their feasts. The place for Christians to gather is not a physical location but is in spirit and in truth (John 4:20-24). We gather rejoicing that we are one in Christ. In Christ are no nationalities and no social ranks because we “are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Jesus Christ Himself is the basis for our coming together.

We come together in Him and praise Him for all that He is and has done. Jesus Christ is our offerings and sacrifices. He is the one we offer up as the content of our praises. He is our vows—our consecrations. He is our freewill offerings—whatever we voluntarily pour out in our thanksgiving and praising. He is also the real “Firstborn,” both in creation (Colossians 1:15) and in resurrection (Revelation 1:5). When we come together appreciating, enjoying, and thanking for all that He is, we are in a feast. I expect that New Jerusalem will be like this only much richer, much stronger, much more constant.

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