Getting To Know God
Jehovah Jireh - The Seed Of Gracious Provision
Food For Thought
It's amazing to consider how simple, small, unappealing ingredients in one form, can produce such bold flavor in another form!
When God revealed Himself as “the LORD Who Provides,” there were a few things that He obligated Himself to do on our behalf. God obligated Himself to provide our nourishment – both physical and spiritual. He is the One that ensures we have the food we need to eat. He is the One who gave Himself as “the Bread of Life,” referring to eternal life. Our physical provision comes by the declaration of God. When God created the heavens and the earth, He ensured that Adam and Eve had all the food they would need through the mature vegetation He gave by the power of His Word. Our spiritual provision comes by the power of God’s Word as well. We are declared righteous by God on account of faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Still, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate.
This means that God obligated to reveal Himself in another way as our Provider. Since our spiritual provision requires blood sacrifice to pay for the penalty of sin, God couldn’t declare our righteousness from the heavens. He had to take the form of flesh in order to shed the blood required to pay sin’s debt. Therefore, He had to reveal His power to provide through transformation. He had to transform from “the Word” to flesh as Jesus Christ, thereby enabling Himself to offer His body and blood as a suitable sacrifice.
This is why the first miracle that Jesus performed involved Him “transforming” water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. In that miracle, Jesus proved that He could transform a substance from one form into another, in order to provide for the needs AND desires of others. Jesus took the water that was undesired at the wedding, and immediately transformed it into the highest quality of wine, in incredible abundance, satisfying the people. In that miracle alone, Jesus proved that He’s able to transform an undesired substance, into a highly-valued substance, to provide for His people, unto satisfaction.
This is the work of the Gospel that Jesus does for our souls. When thinking about how to illustrate this concept, we wanted to use a principle that also shows the means by which Jesus transforms our corrupted souls, into His glorified image. Jesus taught that the road to His provision in eternal life, requires our flesh to be crushed like a grape when making wine. So, we wanted to picture raw ingredients that need to be crushed and ground into powder in order to be used. Then, when used, they bring out sweet aromas and tastes. We wanted to show how those particular ingredients need to be transformed by this crushing and grinding in order to be used to make something sweet. The photo shows star anise, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon – traditional aromatics and spices that sooth and comfort when used the right way. You can see, that when handled properly, these harsh and course ingredients aren’t good on their own, but when ground up, pop with flavor in cider served with pumpkin rolls.
Next time you find yourself enjoying these sorts of treats, remember what it took to get those flavors, and then remember the work that our Savior is doing with us, to transform our condition through crushing and grinding, getting the same sort of sweet-smelling aroma and taste out of us. The grace of God at its finest.