Getting To Know God
Jehovah Tsidkenu - The Branch To Perfection
Food For Thought
Personal taste doesn't determine perfection. Industry experts set a standard, and this meat meets it...
Meat is one of those things that people can’t really seem to agree on. When you order steak for example, many restaurants will ask how you want the meat cooked. Do you like your meat rare, medium rare, medium, well done? How can there be so many options for the same piece of meat? Yet, when you watch all of the cooking shows, they seem to have a single standard. The professionals who get paid a lot of money to prepare this food for a living, seem to agree that there is an orthodox process for preparing meat. Within their inner circles, the pros have their own definitions of what is good and “perfect.”
This means that the concept of “perfection” has to be considered more carefully, especially when talking about good food. In the adjective form, perfection refers to something that absolutely conforms to an ideal type. It’s excellent in terms that, there is no room for improvement. In the verb form, perfection refers to the concept of completion. Something is perfected when it’s finally completed, especially without flaws of any kind.
When talking about God, especially as Jehovah Tsidkenu, we have to remember that He is the standard. Describe God using “perfect” as an adjective, means that we understand that He’s the standard of all righteousness and goodness. He is the only true “ideal” type. When describing His work in action, we need to remember that, when His work is complete, everyone will recognize and understand, that it’s without flaw.
In culinary terms, a “perfectly cooked” steak is one that is cooked enough to be safe for consumption, but in a manner where the essence of the meat can be enjoyed on its own. In culinary terms, a “perfectly cooked” steak is one where the flavors of the meat itself, are brought to the forefront, without excess additives. If the steak is over-cooked, the flavor of the meat can be changed by the absence of moisture from the meat itself. If the meat is under-cooked, it can be unsafe to eat, or tough to chew. In culinary terms, a “perfectly cooked” steak, is one that should bring appreciation for the value and flavor of the meat itself. It shouldn’t need help to make it good.
This photo shows perfectly cooked meat (and we ate it just to make sure that was true). You can see that there’s a nice crust on the outside where there is some flavor and texture, making the meat easy to chew. You can also see that just inside of the crust, is a darker tone of the meat, and then some pink in the middle. Those colors show the differences in temperature, and careful handling. When biting into this meat, you could taste the flavor and quality of the meat itself – enjoying the meat for what it is, without drenching it in sauces.
In this way, this is how God needs to be treated, knowing that He’s impeccable. If we want the goodness of the “meat” of the Word, we shouldn’t seek to change the true nature of its flavor by adding a bunch of sauce, changing its taste and nourishing qualities. Instead, we need to go with what the ultimate culinary Pro says – Jehovah Tsidkenu. He said that His Word is cooked perfectly, so we should trust that when we eat it, it’s as good as He said. It’s perfect like He is, and we are being perfected by the proper consumption of it.