Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.

Hebrews 13: 9

 

Although the author of Hebrews is discussing the food that we eat, this is not the sort of thing that could become an episode of one of the television cooking programs that are very popular today. The food that is literally under examination is related to religious sacrifices and to rules about the consumption of items that were so designated. This concept in itself has little connection to our world today. Yet, I think that the idea behind the early church related cultural thoughts is very relevant to our times and our lives, for there are many diverse and strange teachings available to us today, and they do feed us a highly unsatisfactory diet of deception and untruth.

 

Some of those false diets include ideas like ones that say that God’s love is expressed by the provision of comfort and wealth in this world or that all of our sickness and failure are caused by personal sin. Other diets can be deadly to the soul in that they redefine and manipulate the person and so the character of God in ways that deny His nature, role in creation, and the salvation through Jesus Christ alone that are depicted in God’s Word. There are many ways and sources of distraction, diversion, and delusion available for us to feast upon in our culture; yet, at the same time God provides for us a solid and sustaining diet for our continual consumption.

 

God’s Word of Truth is an unending banquet of the delights that are found on the tables in the hall of the High King. He has set it out before all people in ways that are enticing to the senses and fulfilling to the palate. Within its pages are found the great story of God’s relationship with people throughout all of time, and running through the entirety of that narrative is the telling of God’s redemptive love and grace that is poured out as sweet wine for all of us to drink fully. So, I seek to be fed on the rich food of God’s Word that is best enjoyed in the fellowship of His church gathered in worship of our Lord.