Bible Reading: John 6:22-46
Jesus used the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 as a teaching tool. He said that just like we need to eat in order to be healthy physically…we need to eat in order to be healthy spiritually.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Being from the south…yes, Florida is part of the south…I grew up primarily eating beef, pork, venison, chicken, turkey, a few wild birds (turkey, pheasant, duck, quail, dove, snipe), and fish of all kinds. Occasionally, we had gator, frog legs, lobster, crabs, conch, oysters, and scallops. I thought that frog legs was pretty exotic…at least until I started to travel. In Mexico I ate fried iguana. In Korea I ate raw octopus tentacles. In South Africa I ate mopane worms. But I have found out that there are foods (some call them delicacies) that are far more unusual than anything that I have ever eaten, or care to eat. Here are just a few…
- Escamoles (Mexico)…are the larvae (eggs) of a venomous type of ant. They have a feel in your mouth something like cottage cheese and have a nutty flavor. Usually, they are eaten as the filling in a taco, or omelet.
- Tuna eyeballs (Japan)…are boiled, or steamed, and seasoned with a little garlic, or soy sauce.
- Balut (Philippines)…are duck eggs. But not just any duck egg. No, these have the baby duck, inside. The egg is boiled while the baby is still alive. A small hole is then made in the egg…so that you can first suck the juices out. Then, you crack the egg, remove the baby (it already has some bones, feathers, etc.), and eat it with salt, chili, and vinegar.
- Tarantulas (Cambodia)…are big spiders that are deep-fried and eaten as a crispy snack. They taste a little like crab.
- Jellied Moose nose (Canada)…is made from moose nose (hair removed) that has been boiled with onions and spices, sliced, and put into a broth (soup).
- Boshintang (Korea)…is made from spring onions, dandelions, numerous spices and…I should give you a warning here…dog meat. They say that it tastes better than it smells.
- Huitlacoche (Mexico)…is a fungus that grows on corn and causes growths that are covered in blue-black spores. Most people would say that the corn is diseased and throw it away. But not everyone. They say it has a woody, earthy flavor…like fungus smells. Well, yeah!
- Airag (Mongolia)…is fermented horse milk. You let horse milk ferment (that means that it curdles)…until it becomes fizzy. It tastes sour and is slightly alcoholic. Evidently, there are chunks in the bottom of the bowl that you drink it from…and you are supposed to put those back into the main container so that they can be used again.
- Casu marzu (Italy)…is made from Pecorino cheese and is known as “rotten cheese” because it has gone bad, really bad. That’s because the larvae from cheese flies have been added to it. They hatch inside the cheese, dig around, and digest the fat. When you eat it, it feels like it is burning your tongue. It can be served with, or without, maggots.
- Muktuk (Greenland)…is frozen whale skin and blubber…served either raw, or pickled. They say the skin tastes like hazelnut. It is very chewy.
- Hakarl (Iceland)…is made from Greenland shark that has been gutted and had its head cut off (okay, we’re good so far). Then, it is buried in the ground under sand and stones for 2-3 months (it just got bad). After that, it is cut into strips and allowed to dry for several more months. They warn you the first time you eat it to hold your nose and try not to gag.
- Century Eggs (China)…are eggs that have been covered with clay, ash, and salt for several months and allowed to rot. By then, the yolk will be a dark green color and smells like sulphur. It is also known as pidan, or Hundred-Year-Old Eggs.
Mmmmm, is lunch ready? Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?
Well, regardless of what you choose to eat, it is a simple fact that we all have to eat. If we don’t, we will starve to death. Food is an absolute necessity for life.
Jesus knew that and used the need for food to make a very important point. Not long after He fed the 5,000 people…they wanted Him to perform another “sign”…to feed them, again. They claimed that if He would do this…then they would believe in Him. But Jesus knew what they really wanted. He said that all they wanted was for Him to keep feeding them. They didn’t want Him to perform a sign so that they would believe…they just wanted Him to perform a sign so that they would be fed. So, He told them that they should be more interested in eternal matters (those that deal with life in Heaven)…than just temporal matters (those that concern life on earth). He said, “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life…”. They asked Him what kind of work He was talking about. He told them that the work that He was talking about was to believe in Him. They told Him that Moses had given the people bread to eat…so that they would believe in Him. What was He going to give them…so that they could believe in Him. See, they are still trying to get Jesus to feed them, again. But Jesus turned the tables on them and told them that God had sent Moses to give them bread for earth…but God had sent Him to be the bread from Heaven. They told Him to give them that bread. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” Here was His point: Indeed, He did perform miracles, “signs”…but they had a purpose. They were intended to meet people’s physical needs…in order to direct their attention to their spiritual needs. He had given them earthly bread…in order to direct their attention to Heavenly bread, Him. As much as they need earthly bread to live…they need spiritual bread to live, forever. The problem was that they never got past the immediate, the physical need, the moment of the miracle. They failed to realize that God was showing them that there was also a spiritual need.
How many times do you eat…each day? One, two, three? How about snacks? Then do this. Each time you eat something…remember that not only do you need physical food in order to be healthy…you also need spiritual food to be healthy. Each time you eat…ask yourself if you have eaten any spiritual food that day. Have you read the Bible? Have you prayed? If not, then you will not be healthy. Watch your diet. As someone has said, “You are what you eat.”
Love you more than bunches and bunches,