February 14 – Thoughts About God For My Grandkids

February 14

 

Bible Reading: Matthew 27:32-66

 

Topic Summary:

 

The Holy Place, in the Jewish Temple, represented the very presence of God.  The veil represented the fact that man was separated from God’s presence by sin.  God was on one side…man was on the other. The veil was 60 feet high and 4 inches thick…it’s height representing the extent of man’s sin…and it’s thickness representing the complete separation caused by man’s sin.  The High Priest would offer a sacrifice for the Jewish nation once-a-year…he would pull back the veil at the bottom and walk through…entering into the presence of God.  But when Jesus died, He presented Himself as the sacrifice for man’s sin once-and-for-all…God tore the veil from top to bottom and walked through…entering into the presence of man. That is the difference between Christianity and other religions.  In all other religions…man initiates a relationship with God…attempting to settle the issue of man’s sin on his own terms.  But in Christianity, God initiated a relationship with man…settling the issue of man’s sin on His terms.

God had been the one who had originated the annual sacrifice.  But it was never intended to actually be the sacrifice that paid for man’s sin.  Instead, it was intended to represent the sacrifice that Jesus would make.  Year, after year, the High Priest would bring the annual sacrifice into the Holy Place…a visual portrayal of what God would do through Jesus.  Year, after year, the people would watch.  Then Jesus died on the cross.  He was the sacrifice.  And God substantiated His sacrifice with a visual portrayal of His own…He tore the veil.  The one and only sacrifice that could be made and that would ever be made…was done.  The tearing of the veil represented that the sin which separated man from God…had been destroyed.  Sin was no longer a cause for separation…so, there was no longer a need for a sacrifice.

 

Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:

 

Do you ever get hungry?  That’s a dumb question.  I’ve seen you eat.  Chances are…you could “eat your Mom and Dad out of house and home!”  In fact, you have such a healthy appetite, maybe you should give some consideration to going “pro”.  You know, enter an eating contest and make a lot of money.  That way, when I retire, you can build me a big house and I will be so happy that I will say that you “ate me into house and home.”  Yeah, I know…that’s a little lame.  But, I’ll bet I made you laugh…and you know how much I love to laugh.  Anyway, back at the ranch…there actually are professional eating contests and there is an organization that sponsors many of them called, “MLE”, Major League Eating.  Here are a few of their contests and winners from 2017…

  • The World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Shrimp Eating Contest…Joey Chestnut won by eating 10 pounds, 6 ounces in 8 minutes ($3,000)
  • The Fortune Bay World Indian Taco Eating Championship…Geoffrey Esper ate 29 Tacos in 8 minutes and set a new World Record ($5,000)
  • The Siegi’s World Championship Bratwurst Eating Contest…Carmen Cincotti ate 90.5 Brats in 10 minutes (Brats are like big hotdogs-$4,000)
  • The Bass Pro Shops World MoonPie Eating Championship…Matthew Stonie ate 73 MoonPies in 8 minutes ($4,000)
  • The 8th Annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship…Carmon Cincotti ate 20.25 pounds in 10 minutes (okay, I had no idea what a “poutine” is so I looked it up…it is a combination of French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy-$6,000)
  • Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest (2016)…Joey Chestnut at 72 Hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes (he holds the World Record of 73)…same guy who won the Shrimp Cocktail contest
  • The Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest…Geoffrey Esper ate 15.75 pounds of Pumpkin Pie in 8 minutes…same guy who won the Taco competition! ($5,000)
  • The Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship…Carmen Cincotti ate 40 Case’s Pork Roll sandwiches in 10 minutes…same guy who won the Poutine contest ($4,000)
  • The Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship…Joey Chestnut ate 2.25 gallons of chili in 6 minutes ($3,000)…there he is, again!
  • Other Contests include Ribs, Ice-cream Sandwiches, Oysters, Donuts, Pepperoni Rolls, AEbleskiver (Danish puffy pancakes that look like donut holes), Burritos, Mutton (lamb) Sandwiches, Sweet Corn, Peeps (those little colored marshmallow candies shaped like chickens and rabbits that you see around Easter), Croquetas (fried balls of mashed potatoes, meat and vegetables), Tamales, Green Chili Stew, Spiedie (cubes of marinated meat, skewered, chargrilled and served in a bun), Gyoza (fried dumpling filled with meat and cabbage…from China and Japan), Slugburgers (no, it’s not made from slugs…but, from beef or pork filled with soybeans and deep fried in oil), Kale Salad, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Gyros, Crawfish, Boysenberry Pie, Meat Pies, Birthday Cake, Turkey, Gumbo, Pasta, Twinkies, Pierogi (kind of like Gyoza), Canolli, Fish Tacos…and others.

 

Did you notice that some people won more than one contest?  Just for your gastrointestinal (look it up) interest…Joey Chestnut also won the…

  • White Hut World Cheeseburg Eating Championship (a World Record 52 in 10 minutes-$4,000)
  • S. National Buffalo Eating Championship (188 wings in 12 minutes-$5,000)
  • 11th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship (9.6 pounds in 12 minutes-$5,000)
  • Stockton Asparagus Festival Deep-Fried Asparagus Eating Competition (8.75 ounces in 10 minutes-$2,750)
  • Dell’Osso Family Farm Baconfest World Bacon Eating Championship (7.75 pounds in 8 minutes-$4,000)
  • maybe another one that I missed.

That’s where the money is.  You’ve got to be multi-talented as a professional eating machine in order to win several contests and make the big bucks.  And Joey Chestnut is the man to beat!  Now go, eat your way to success.  Make your Granddad proud.

Are you hungry, yet?  I don’t know…somehow talking about people stuffing themselves so much makes me feel full.  You know, “Up to here.”

 

You’re probably been reading this devotional and thinking, “I knew that it would happen, eventually.  It’s just happened sooner than I thought it would.  Granddad has gone bonkers.  He’s totally lost it.”  While that may be true…give me a chance to show you how these culinary contests have a spiritual significance.  Then, let’s eat!

Did you know that God gave you a physical appetite?  Sure, He did.  He gave you physical hunger…so that you would be reminded on a regular basis to eat.  Just imagine if you never, ever got hungry.  Yeah, I know, not hardly, that would be a stretch.  You, forget to eat?  Hah!  But work with me here…imagine.  You never get hungry.  There would be a good chance that you would miss a meal, or two.  Maybe, a lot of meals.  Then, the more meals you missed…the weaker you would become.  Your body would not be healthy.  You wouldn’t have the nutrients, vitamins, maybe even water, that is vital for your health.  You would become susceptible to sickness and disease.  If you were injured your body would not have the resources necessary to fight off infection, or to repair itself.  You need to eat on a regular basis.  Your body requires it.

Here is the spiritual significance.  Not only did God give you a physical hunger…for food; but, He also gave you a spiritual hunger…for Him.  A friend of mine calls it the “hole in his heart.”  He had a good life…good wife, good kids, good job, good hobbies, good food, all the good stuff…but something was missing.  He had this feeling of dissatisfaction.  Life was supposed to mean more than this.  He was hungry.  He didn’t know it at the time…but he was hungry for God.

Everyone has this hunger for God because God made us that way.  The sad thing is that many people never realize that it is a spiritual hunger…and they wind up trying to satisfy it with physical stuff…such as work, or success, or drugs.  Or, they realize that it is a spiritual hunger and try to satisfy it with religion…doing good things, going to church, giving money, acting like they are happy and holy.  But there is only one thing that can satisfy your spiritual hunger…God.  And God has said that the only way to come to Him is by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.  There is no other way.  Many people have tried many religions…but they don’t work.  There is only one way to God…Jesus.  In fact, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”  Go figure.  You’d almost think that He knew that we are spiritually hungry and that He is the only way to God and that…well, He did know.  That’s the reason He said it.

Are you hungry, yet?  Do you have a feeling that there is something more to your life than what the world can feed you?  There is…God.  And just like you get physically hungry each day…you will get spiritually hungry each day.  To be spiritually healthy…you need to eat every day.  Spend time with God in prayer and Bible study every day.  Eat spiritual food.  Feed the need!  And remember…you heard it from Granddad.  Let’s eat!

 

Love you more than bunches and bunches,

Granddad

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