“We Can’t Eat This Tasteless Food!”

“Tasteless food is like an egg white without salt,” Job said.

What do you say to that?

Well, I guess you won’t get fat on food that’s not “all that.”


What does the Bible say about fast food?

Well, to fast food is a practice we should all indulge in – but only when Jesus isn’t around.


A lack of mirth produces dearth, and to fast food is to afflict the soul, but a merry heart can make you whole,

The way to a happy girl or boy is through God’s energizing joy.

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

If, on the way to his table, you happen to meet a proud man with a heart “fat as grease” (see Psalm 119:70), pray that God heals his clogged arteries.

For while a prodigal’s pigs may eat “high off the hog,” he may just waste away for lack of eggnog.

That brings us to the prodigal who drastically reduced his intake of tasteless food that wasn’t in good taste. He went home and dined on fatted calf only to find that his jealous older brother had gone vegan, preferring the tasteless food of misery to the bread of rejoicing.

That’s what happens when you’re too mad to be glad.

The tasteless food of anger can kill you if you let it. So can the tasteless food of false teaching based on law which kills rather than grace which gives life. The tasteless food of bland teaching can slow down your system big time, although – because it fails to satisfy – it may create a deep hunger for God.

The prophet Joel talks about the meat of joy and gladness, which is basically the kind of food you take for granted until it’s gone. Sorrow, on the other hand, makes the world taste bad, like the bitter herbs of slavery the Unfair Pharaoh forced upon Israel.

Then God led them into the wilderness and showed them the land of Canaan, which flowed with milk, honey, and big, tasty grapes – nothing tasteless there. It’s like the Holy Spirit’s fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness self control, everything you need to live a godly life. That’s how Christians need to live their lives. But like some Christians today who fear the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they said, “It’s too hard. We can’t go in.”

So, instead of feeding them milk, honey, and grapes, God rained down manna from heaven for them to eat – every day for forty years. But of course many of them didn’t like it and treated His freebies like tasteless food. How wretched can you get?

One time the rabble (which rhymes with Babel) had a beef with God over manna. They got in a big stew over their meat cravings and started acting like real turkeys! So God flooded their yards with quail, and (like turkeys) they got stuffed.

First they were toasting, then they started boasting, and in a way it led to roasting…

(I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be a quail than a turkey. And of course I’d rather see than be either one).

Yes, I know this article is full of corn – as in corny puns.

however, I doubt that corn produces as much syrup as the corn the one Pharaoh dreamed of. He saw withered corn stalks eating fat ones and shriveled cows swallowing hefty ones. Only someone like Joseph could explain such word pictures. Then there was Pharaoh’s butler, whom Joseph met in prison.  Apparently he was too busy squeezing grapes to remember to tell Pharaoh about Joseph’s amazing ability to interpret dreams.

He obviously suffered from forgetfulness due to a lack of brain food.

Then there was the baker, who dreamed of birds eating bread off his head. Talk about tasteless food!

“Not good,” Joseph said, because the man would soon be dead. Perhaps Satan’s foul fowls had snatched whatever seeds of faith had been sown in his heart – which means that you and I should never act like chickens when it comes to sharing God’s Word. After all, who wants to see the other person’s goose get cooked?

That said, some attitudes about food are just plain poisonous, the worst kind of tasteless food that ever did exist.

Take Esau, for example, who threw away away his blessing for a bowl of stew. P-U!

Or how about the way Jacob used food to deceive his father Isaac and steal Esau’s blessing?

Sometimes Jacobs’ descendants suffered famine. Yet, God used their lack to show off His miracle ability.

That’s what happened when Elisha went to Gilgal. The prophets’ sons felt the dearth because the land had no worth. It produced mostly tasteless food (i.e. dirt). If they wanted to survive, they couldn’t lounge but had to scrounge. Men stared into empty bowls. Stomachs were growling like dogs, which made it hard to think.

Elisha, the super spiritual man of God, hushed them with good food (after someone accidentally poisoned the pot – go figure). Perhaps that’s where we get the word hush puppies from. Moses had to listen to more stomachs growl, but who’s comparing?

I can’t help but wonder if that’s how ear plugs got invented.

One thing I do know: Jesus never resorted to ear plugs to drown out growling stomachs. Instead, he took whatever food was on hand and greatly multiplied it – by giving thanks.

“Like it says in Isaiah 55:1-2, “Ho, every one that thirsts, come to the waters, and he that has no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good; and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

Thank God he’s not talking about physical fatness but about the soul, so there’s no need to take offense. It’s not tasteless food. It’s very much worthwhile.

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