What are you eating

While Yeshua was going through  Samaria one day, He stopped at Jacob’s well to rest. While He was resting His disciples went to get food and when they returned they urged Him to eat as John tells us in,

John 4:31-38  Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then His disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought Him food?”  “My food,” said Yeshua, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.  Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

So the question at hand is how Yeshua responds to His disciples. He tells them that He has food to eat. Yeshua’s food was to do the will of the Father. How amazed the disciples must have been with this answer. Paul tells us this in 

Philippians 18-19, For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Messiah.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

WOW! When we do not put the Kingdom first, but we gratify the flesh we become enemies of the cross.

 Yeshua tells us in Matthew 6:30-33 this, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Yeshua tells us that when we worry or concern ourselves with our flesh we are like the pagans.

1 John 2:16 tells us, “ For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

And James tells us in James 4:4,  “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

When asked in Matthew 22:36-37  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Yeshua replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

So we have seen how important it is for us to put our minds on God. To have faith in God’s provisions and to put Him first. But that leaves us with doing the will of God. So often we think that if we go to church and participate in church functions that we are good to go, but that is not true.  Yeshua tells His followers this story in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 Yeshua continues in verses 24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

So it is about hearing God’s Word and putting it into practice. Yeshua is the Word. He is our food and drink. He is our source and we must eat of Him, as Yeshua told His followers in John 6:53-58, Yeshua said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My  blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in them.  Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.

 The Word of God must become a part of us, just like when we eat real food it also becomes a part of us. Every word spoken by God in His Word must be lived out. We can not only be just hearers of the Word but doers as it tells us James 1:22. We can not just read love thy neighbor, but we must actually live it out by loving our neighbor. This then becomes our food. This is what we live on and what keeps us alive spiritually and physically. God’s Word gives us wholeness and soundness to our being. As we will see Yeshua is the Bread of Life and He is also the well of salvation, not only our food but also our drink.

John 6: 35-40 tells us,  “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.  All those the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up on the last day.  For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”

Like Yeshua, we too, must do the work of the Father. We too, must have a heart for the lost. We too, must go out and work the harvest fields.  “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35

We too, must have our feet shod with the gospel, and we must shout it from the rooftops. The Father does not want one to perish and that must be our hearts desire also. Saving souls must be to us as  food which nourishes the body. Let us pick up our cross and follow in the footsteps of our Messiah doing the work of the Father…saving souls from the pit of hell.  Today sow your seed or reap from someone who had sown seed before you and you will see for yourself that you will feel satisfied, like when you feel full after eating a good meal. 

And remember, no one is so lost that he cannot be found.

While Yeshua was going through  Samaria one day, He stopped at Jacob’s well to rest. While He was resting His disciples went to get food and when they returned they urged Him to eat as John tells us in,

John 4:31-38  Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then His disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought Him food?”  “My food,” said Yeshua, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.  Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

So the question at hand is how Yeshua responds to His disciples. He tells them that He has food to eat. Yeshua’s food was to do the will of the Father. How amazed the disciples must have been with this answer. Paul tells us this in 

Philippians 18-19, For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Messiah.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

WOW! When we do not put the Kingdom first, but we gratify the flesh we become enemies of the cross.

 Yeshua tells us in Matthew 6:30-33 this, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Yeshua tells us that when we worry or concern ourselves with our flesh we are like the pagans.

1 John 2:16 tells us, “ For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

And James tells us in James 4:4,  “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

When asked in Matthew 22:36-37  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Yeshua replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

So we have seen how important it is for us to put our minds on God. To have faith in God’s provisions and to put Him first. But that leaves us with doing the will of God. So often we think that if we go to church and participate in church functions that we are good to go, but that is not true.  Yeshua tells His followers this story in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 Yeshua continues in verses 24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

So it is about hearing God’s Word and putting it into practice. Yeshua is the Word. He is our food and drink. He is our source and we must eat of Him, as Yeshua told His followers in John 6:53-58, Yeshua said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and My  blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in them.  Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.

 The Word of God must become a part of us, just like when we eat real food it also becomes a part of us. Every word spoken by God in His Word must be lived out. We can not only be just hearers of the Word but doers as it tells us James 1:22. We can not just read love thy neighbor, but we must actually live it out by loving our neighbor. This then becomes our food. This is what we live on and what keeps us alive spiritually and physically. God’s Word gives us wholeness and soundness to our being. As we will see Yeshua is the Bread of Life and He is also the well of salvation, not only our food but also our drink.

John 6: 35-40 tells us,  “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.  All those the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up on the last day.  For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”

Like Yeshua, we too, must do the work of the Father. We too, must have a heart for the lost. We too, must go out and work the harvest fields.  “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35

We too, must have our feet shod with the gospel, and we must shout it from the rooftops. The Father does not want one to perish and that must be our hearts desire also. Saving souls must be to us as  food which nourishes the body. Let us pick up our cross and follow in the footsteps of our Messiah doing the work of the Father…saving souls from the pit of hell.  Today sow your seed or reap from someone who had sown seed before you and you will see for yourself that you will feel satisfied, like when you feel full after eating a good meal. 

And remember, no one is so lost that he cannot be found.

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