“You Are What You Eat”
“But the Rabshakeh said to them, ‘Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you (2 Kings 18:27)?'”
There are some things that people do that make you scratch your head and marvel. On the island of Java diners are flocking to enjoy unique trendy dishes at the Jamban Café.1 Jamban means toilet in Indonesian, and diners are seated on upright toilets and served from bed pans dishes that are made to resemble what might typically be found in such vessels. It is reported that similar themed restaurants have been opened in Taiwan and Russia.
It is hoped, that among decent people, such a dining experience would be found to be repulsive. Crude though it may be, there may be no better metaphor for what this world in our day is consuming voraciously. Violent television shows with high sexual content are all the talk and people pay to stream them. People seeking to become famous in the most banal and humiliating methods and worse yet, the masses oblige them and applaud their efforts. The god of this world is truly serving up a miserable mess and the masses continue to eat it up (John 12:31, 2 Corinthians 4:4). Twitter is becoming a primary means of communication for a generation. No offense is intended, but how much nutritional value is served up in the majority of those short communiques? Spiritually speaking, our world gorges on an endless self-serve buffet of substance that is trendy but devoid of true nourishment and leads to the hardening of their hearts and diseases of the soul.
God has long intended for His people to have acquired a taste for wholesome fare. As the law of Moses was intended to literally serve as a tutor to bring men to Christ, God instructed the Hebrews that they were to make a distinction between “the unclean and the clean (Leviticus 10:10, Ezekiel 44:23).” Yahweh even commanded, “You shall not eat any detestable thing (Deuteronomy 14:3).” The literal law was not merely intended for them to distinguish between clean and unclean edibles but to shape their hearts to do this as well from the daily exercise over their diets. When they hungered in the wilderness God rained down bread from heaven to satisfy them (Exodus 16:4). When Judah rejected the spiritual bread from heaven God sent Ezekiel to them with instructions to bake his bread using human waste as fuel as a visual demonstration to the people of what sort of delicacies they would be sustained by when they went into Babylonian captivity (Ezekiel 4:10-13). They had rejected the good things God desired to feed them with (Deuteronomy 28:1-5) so they were to be force fed slop from the trough that the godless nations consumed.
For Christians Jesus Himself is the Bread that has come down from heaven (John 6:32-33) and those who hunger for heavenly helpings will be satisfied (Matthew 5:6). He made a statement that some found crude and offensive; “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world (John 6:51).” Those who are worldly minded find this saying repulsive (John 6:52, 60-61). But to those who have a hunger for heaven they have tasted and found it sweet, satisfying, and sustaining.
This world is hungering for wholesome spiritual food that satisfies and they don’t know where to find it. To that great banquet all men have been invited (Matthew 22:1-2). So let us compel them come and take their fill of the good things from the Master’s table.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them (Luke 12:37).”