Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

It certainly is not a mystery that I love food! I love trying new food! I love eating the old standbys. I love to mix my food together to create new taste sensations. But, I want my food cooked! No sushi! Also, leave the beets at the store; I don’t do beets! And desserts…I’ll will just say that some people are sweet enough. I don’t want any desserts.

One of my favorite activities is to have a group over on my deck during the summer enjoying freshly grilled burgers, chicken, brats, and various other creations. The immediate smells and tastes of food just off the grill can hardly be beaten.

However, I really love leftovers! Some people have this weird habit of taking any uneaten food from a particular meal and throwing it away! That is almost sacrilegious! There are actually some foods that seem to taste better the second and third time they are reheated. Anything Italian—spaghetti, meatloaf, etc.—is one of those foods I enjoy even more as leftovers.

God does not like leftovers that remain from our choosing what we want first. In the Mosaic Law, God wrote about the tithing principle the people were to follow. He wanted the firstborn of their flocks and herds (Deuteronomy 14:23; 15:19). He demanded a tithe of their grain and new wine (Deuteronomy 14:23).

And, God does not like leftovers that are damaged and blemished. He made sure the Jews understood that they could not choose the best for themselves giving Him the leftovers. “You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 17:1).

This same principle is true in the New Testament system. God still wants the first of everything and best of the rest. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)