Enjoying Food or Life? The Preacher claims the food is God’s gift and something good (Eccl 3:13; 5:18). Also in others places in the Bible eating and drinking is connected with joy, it is a part of festivities, the sign of blessing in this world and one of the symbols of the world to come. On the other hand the lack of food and starvation appear as the punishment for Israel’s sins, indicating God as the sovereign Sustainer of living. This instinctive religious concept of food as a gift of God is natural in the world in which the majority experienced the scarcity of food. Nowadays global situation is still more ambiguous as well as its consequences. Has the word of God something to tell us?
Jan Machniak, Cracow