What does God eat? Have you thought of that? Was there a time in your life that you heard that question or did you ask that? Because the food is good and you wonder, if we will go to heaven one day, are we going to eat there? When the Bible said to eat and drink for tomorrow we will die, isn’t it boring if food will no longer be available in heaven anymore?
A Place Called Heaven
Heaven is an exciting place to go.
- John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
When Jesus was saying this he was explaining and convincing the disciples to put their faith in Him because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. It is very important for Jesus for their disciples and followers to believe in Him so that heaven will be the reunion place.
Does God Eat?
Exciting as it is but the first question must be, does God eat? And if we will know, he eats. What is the implication of that to us? Will it help us to grow more in our relationship with Him? Are there any advantages if we know the answer?
The reality of life is this, there will be more questions than answers. We can be overwhelmed with questions every day that we find ourselves clueless about how to answer those. But here is the truth, the Bible is more than enough to answer the things we need in this life. We may not find all the answers we will all have, but the Bible has more than enough for us to live a meaningful life in this world.
- John 4:24, we can read that God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Here is the context of this statement. The Samaritan or non-Jewish people thought that the only place to worship God was in Jerusalem. Since the Samaritans were hated by the Jews, they could not go to Jerusalem. Jesus was saying that a geographical location is immaterial because we can worship God anywhere. Just worship the true God, the God of Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and all the sons & daughters of God.
For sure one way or another, we have also thought that God can only be worshiped in the church.
- John 4:23 clearly stated that “But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”
We can worship God anywhere and everywhere.
In the old testament, the phrase pleasing aroma is mentioned many times after the people of God offered animals & grain as burnt offerings to God.
- Genesis 8:20-21; Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar, and when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.
- Leviticus 23:13; And the grain offering with it shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the LORD with a pleasing aroma, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin.
- Numbers 18:17; But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood on the altar and shall burn their fat as a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
If you are a coffee lover, for sure every time you come inside a coffee shop, you always feel thrilled to smell the pleasing aroma of the coffee. It makes you imagine that you are drinking that coffee even in your mind. You are always excited to taste that coffee.
An Offered Life
In the same manner, God is looking forward to His people an aroma of the sacrifice, no longer an animal or grain offering but an offered life to God.
- Philippians 4:18 says, “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.”
The apostle Paul was saying to the Philippians that their giving was a fragrant aroma to God because they first offered their life by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
There is no account in the Bible about what does God eat but Jesus ate with the disciples after he rose from the dead. Jesus was already in the glorified body during this time. If Jesus ate while he was already having a glorified body before he ascended to heaven. It gives an idea that we still eat in the afterlife.
- Luke 24:36-41; As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.
God can eat if he wants but He is God. He is self-existed, he is powerful, meaning he can still live even without food. At the same time, Jesus gave us a picture of what life is like in heaven, there is food, and even in our glorified body, we eat.
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