Many people have grown up with the idea that before we eat we should say grace. What is grace? According to Wikipedia “saying grace” is an English language phrase that means: to say any number of short prayers prior to eating. The intention of the prayer is to thank God for providing the food.
Many Christians believe that 1 Timothy 4:4 teaches that we can eat anything as long as we are thankful when we receive it and then sanctify it by the word of God and prayer. This belief doesn’t line up with the whole volume of Scripture. Yahweh Elohim clearly taught His people that some things were clean to eat and therefore “food” but other things were declared by Him to be unclean and therefore were NOT food to be eaten Leviticus 11:1-47, Leviticus 7:23 & 26 and Deuteronomy 14:3-21. However, the Timothy verse does talk about thankfulness and prayer when planning to eat.
In the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), Matthew 15:36 and Luke 22:17 talk about Yahshua (Jesus) blessing the food before He ate it. The blessing mentioned in these Scriptures was clearly a Jewish blessing based on Scripture for this is what any observant Jew or Hebrew would have done before eating bread, wine and various other foods.
As I was reading a scripture in Deuteronomy, a new concept seemed to leap off of the page.
Much More Than a Quick Thanks
Deuteronomy 8:9 & 10 “A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.” KJV
From these verses we see that Yahweh has provided everything that they would need to live and that they would be able to live in abundance. In the last verse, Yahweh says; “when you have eaten and are full…” the word full in the Hebrew means: full to satisfaction “…then you shall bless the LORD thy God…”.
It says then we are to Barak Hebrew for bless, that word bless means to bless, praise, and thank Yahweh … I know many of us thank Him after the meal. But my question is, “Do we stop, take a little more time and truly bless, thank and praise Him?” When I realized what the work Barak/Bless means, I was convicted because I know that I don’t really do all of that. In our home, my husband usually thanks Abba for our meal once we are finished. Then I am up from the table, busy putting food away, washing dishes and I am usually tired, especially after the evening meal – so I just want to get all of the work done so that I can sit down and relax. It seems to me, that we are instructed by Yahweh, Himself, to do more than utter a quick thank you, bless you for the food. Just imagine what could happen if a whole table of believers would stand up together and lift their hands up toward Yahweh. And then actively, excitedly and with their whole heart began to bless Him and thank Him and truly spend time praising the Creator of the Universe out loud and openly, after their meal. If we all began to do this I the think the earth might just stand still for a moment and the heavenly beings would pause to listen. This whole idea is so different than demur bowing of our heads, folding our hands and repeating God is Good, God is Great, let us thank Him for our food. Amen. But that’s not all…there is more…
This verse goes on… we are told to bless Yahweh for the good land that He hath given us. Somehow, I missed that part. Here is what I felt the Father saying to me … We who are redeemed and who have teshuvah, returned to His old paths, his ancient ways, to His Torah, we are part of Yisrael. Yahweh has declared that His land will contain everything in these verses … that it is a blessed, thriving; land of abundance … and it is part of our inheritance too.
As part of His people / remnant, after we have eaten and are full, we are to thank Him and bless Him and praise Him for the food we have eaten. I also believe that as part of Yisrael we are to thank, bless, and praise Him for the bountiful land that He has given … the land that He will once again call us to return to, so that we may inhabit along with all Yisrael. Ephraim and Yahuda together as one – echad!
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What do you do for grace when you eat? Do you thank the Lord before and or after you finish eating? Do you take the time to truly bless Him and thank Him and then joyfully PRAISE Him for the meal and for the land of Yisrael that will be part of our inheritance too? Please share your thoughts?