Food as Spiritual Metaphor! The psalmist spoke of God’s word as being “sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.” King Solomon said that a word, fitly spoken, is like “apples of gold.” The Promised Land was described as a “land flowing with milk and honey.” In We Laugh, We Cry We Cook, I write:“Food is perhaps the most commonly used metaphor when God wants to tell us something meaningful and eternal. From forbidden fruit, to manna, to loaves and fishes, to bread and wine . . . we could follow the thread of God’s Unfolding Story by going from food to food, drink to drink, meal to meal in passage after passage.” One reason for this may be that food engages all the senses, and thus sticks and stays in our long-term memory. It would make sense that God would attach feasts and food to deeper truths, to help us remember spiritual lessons.
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