Genesis 1:29-30 Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.
God gave human beings everything they needed for daily sustenance. Their relationship with food was simple. God gave us the gift of plants, fruits and vegetables. Adam didn’t have to work for them then, they just were.
Then sin entered the world through the eating of food. Eve “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye.” Genesis 3:6. God originally intended for Adam and Eve to live forever; He did not give them and expiration date. He created the human body to endure, but the sin of man brought death upon himself.
Exodus 12:16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat—that is all you may do.
God set aside the fist day for a sacred assembly, in other words, for worship. Food was a part of the worship established by God.
Exodus 16:3 The sons of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the LORD'S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Exodus 16:12 I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"
It is interesting that in their grumblings, the one thing the Israelites express discontentment about is eating. The food they considered acceptable was the meat and bread the Egyptians gave them. They had already forgotten about the plants and fruits God talked about in Genesis.
Psalm 78:17-19 But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High. They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying, "Can God spread a table in the desert?
Let’s look at the progression of the eating habits of the Israelites. Their relationship with food has changed from a need to a craving. As their relationship with food goes through metamorphosis, their sin increases; they willfully put God to the test.
Proverbs 23:1-3 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
Now the progression of the relationship between man and food has moved from cravings to gluttony, much more complex than at the beginning. Satan uses food to further distance the people of God from God.
Let us not be deceived by our cravings for food, because the craving is not a need for sustenance. Let us move away from gluttony and cravings and let’s move forward to meeting our body’s need for true nutrition.