Food is both functional and symbolic. It has practical purpose, as well as an affective value. There is meaning in food and to food. In all cultures, food and feasts do not merely fill the stomach; they serve as reminders and displays of our station in life. Therefore, the choice of food becomes a reflection of our self-evaluation and a tool to declare that self-evaluation. In the same way, our Father uses food to teach us His truths. Through His supply, we can learn about His love for us and how He wants us benefit from His never ending supply.

When we think about food, we often see food as a reward for hard work. After a long day, or a long week, we treat ourselves to ice-cream, cake, a big feast; to reward ourselves for a job well done, because we put in the graft and we earned it.

But beloved child of God, that was not always so. In Part One, we shall look at the heart of our Father and His desire to supply.

In the beginning, our Father gave us all things. There was no need to work for food.

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;” Genesis 2:15-16

Our Father’s original design was to give to man all things. Just in case you think that our Father’s supply was limited to food, and in that, only fruits and vegetables, this was what was in the garden which our Father put in Adam’s charge.

“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.” Genesis 2:8-14

There was gold and precious stones; life and wisdom; and from it sprang supply and nourishment that spread to the four corners of the earth through the four main rivers that supply our planet with refreshing and nourishing water even today. That is the picture of supply that our Father wants us to have. That is the supply that He intended for us to have. And that is the supply that we have rights to today.

But when man sinned against God, by not trusting Him and leaning his ear to other voices, He fell out of His grace and this happened.

“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19

Now, before you go away thinking that our Father is harsh in punishing all mankind for sticking his hand into the cookie jar, understand this. The tree from which Adam ate was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That was the tree which our Father forbade him to eat from.

“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17

Why? Some believe that this was because God did not want man to be as intelligent as He is; that the mere thought of that made Him jealous. And all this was because of the lie Satan told Eve,

“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5

No. The reason is simple. When God made the world, He declared everything good. In fact, the phrase ‘it was good’ appears each time God created something.

“And God saw the light, that it was good;” Genesis 1:4

“And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10

“And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:12

“God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:17-18

“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:21

“And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

Therefore, right up to the point when man decided to not believe God, there was only good in the world. So how could man know what ‘evil’ was if ‘evil’ was not introduced to the world? Hence, by that one act, man declared that he not only wanted to know what ‘good’ was, he also wanted to know what ‘evil’ was. And by that one act, evil was introduced to the world.

The consequences that our Father pronounced to both Adam and Eve were just that, consequences of their choice. When we choose actions, we choose the consequence that goes with it. Because man declared that they wanted to know what evil was, evil had to be introduced to the world.

And much to our Father’s disappointment for by that one act, our Father knew that man had started a chain reaction that would spin out of our control, that only He could save and set right, that only by the death of Jesus, His Son, on the cross and His resurrection after, could the world be reset to its pristine state in which He made it and left it to man.

Here is another piece of proof. Notice what our Father said about the curse? Did God curse the ground? No. He said the ground is cursed. ‘Is’, the verb of being, becoming. The ground has become cursed, by the act of Adam. God does not curse. God never said He will kill Adam if He ate of it. He said that Adam would die, because the greatest evil this side of Heaven was now allowed to enter, death. In fact, our Father calls death His enemy.

“The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26
That is why Adam, and consequently all man, would die. Not because God in His anger smites us.

Beloved, our Father only supplies what is good. There was only good in the world when He first created the world. In fact, He supplied all that was good even before He created man. Beloved, God did not create the world so that man could have supply. He created man to enjoy that which He already created.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

We were created with the sole role and function of enjoying all the good that our Father has created, the good which God Himself called “very good” and you know that when God says it is “very good”, it is very good indeed.

So what is it that you think He will not or cannot supply? He who created the Heavens and established the earth, is, to you who believe, your Father, your loving Father and He will indeed supply, your every need, according to His riches in Heaven. (Philippians 4:19)


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