Cornucopia of Grace

Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

I love food. Food is a motif throughout Scripture both for physical providence and for joy. God provided manna for the Israelites so they might live (Exodus 16) and the Scriptures speak on a joyful feast to be had in Heaven (Revelation 19:6-9). God even compares His Word to food that nourishes us and which we must delight in, for it is our sustenance. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; cf. Deuteronomy 8:3). The Psalms describe His Word as “sweeter also than honey and dripping of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10b). God’s Word sustains us, and it is sweet to the lips. Perhaps the sweetest taste of His Word is His grace of forgiveness in the thanksgiving meal of the Lord’s Supper. Acknowledging my sin before the Lord, I come before the table and taste the sweetness of His forgiveness in the bread and wine. His Word brings me His grace in Jesus’ body and blood.

The joy of food is not only found in eating it, but also in having a meal with others. When you hang out with friends or invite people over, what do you do? You usually eat, right? You eat, laugh, and joke and there is much joy to be had all around the table. What a beautiful picture of the fellowship we will have in Heaven. Jesus compared the kingdom of Heaven to a wedding feast where all sorts of guests were gathered (Matthew 22:1-14). We will gather with many people here and dine with our Lord—eating, laughing, and joking and sharing joy for all eternity. By God’s grace, we are invited to the Lord’s Table to receive His forgiveness, and we are invited to partake of the wedding feast to be shared between God and His bride the Church.

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