Many believers consider eating and drinking in Heaven to be unspiritual. After all, in Heaven our resurrected bodies would be imperishable. Why would anyone need to eat? So after my experience I again turned to a rock-solid Bible translation and found this is not as unspiritual and ridiculous as it might sound. In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, He gave them many types of fruit-bearing trees and green plants for food. (Gen. 1:29-30 and Gen. 2:9). Eating on earth is not a sin. It is the way God designed for our bodies to receive nourishment to sustain life.
“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food'”.
Earth is created as a reflection of Heaven. Certainly, it is a fallen Eden, due to sin that has corrupted. But the original design before the Fall reflects most accurately the principles and similarities to Heaven. Eating and drinking were given to mankind for nourishment and enjoyment. That’s why we often celebrate with food.
I discovered other examples of eating by those most of us would not expect to eat. For example, angels and God ate when they took on human form to meet Abraham (Gen. 18:1-8). Jesus ate fish in His resurrected body (Luke 24:41-43; John 21:4-14).
I also found examples of eating and drinking in Heaven. The Bible talks about a rich feast of food and wine on the Lord’s mountain (Isa. 25:6). Jesus talks about drinking new wine in the kingdom of God (Mark 14:25). He mentions eating and drinking at the table in His kingdom (Luke 22:29-30) and reclining at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 8:11). It’s an angel who says blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9).
WHAT Will We Eat and Drink In Heaven?
One possible kind of food we might eat in Heaven is bread. There are hints in Scripture of this. For example, Jesus says to the church of Pergamos, “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.” (Rev. 2:17) Of course the manna that God provided His children who came up out of Egypt was similar to bread but unlike what we eat today. The scriptures tell us that manna, “was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:31 The Bible also says, “Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.” (Psa. 78:25). Hence the name of certain breads on earth today. Angel food cake. Angel food bread or pudding. You may know others. I’m not in any way a cook.
When the Israelites were in the desert they grumbled for many reasons. But one of the reasons was due to being hungry, so God rained down bread in the morning and provided quail in the evening (Exodus. 16:13-16).
Another type of food mentioned in Scripture is fruit. We will eat fruit from vineyards on the New Earth (Isa. 65:21). We will also eat fruit and leaves from the tree of life (Rev. 2:7; 22:14,19) which was originally placed in the Garden of Eden. It yields fruit each month and grows in the city of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:2). “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
Along with eating, we will drink of the Living Water. The Lamb (which of course, is Christ) is described as leading His flock to springs of living water (Rev. 7:17). The heavenly city of New Jerusalem has a river flowing from the throne of the Lamb and God (Rev. 22:1). The Bible talks about drinking from the water of life (Rev. 22:17).
We are told from Scripture that there is no more hunger or thirst in Heaven (Rev. 7:14-16). We won’t need to eat or drink. However, a lack of hunger isn’t the same as saying we will have no desire to eat. We like to eat now, right? We’ll enjoy eating there too. The most notable difference is that our flesh won’t be in charge any longer. Our flesh will not dictate the way it does on earth. Instead, our spirits will have dominance over all desires. Just adding a little humor for a moment, we won’t have any heartburn, indigestion or any food spoiling.
Heaven is more wonderful than mere words can describe, even to the smallest detail. And as God’s children, we will have the joy of living in those glories for eternity. It’s true because our spirit and soul never die. In the meantime… we have MUCH TO DO. Let us be a reflection of the Light and Life and Love of God to those around us this week. You can do it.
With God Nothing Is Impossible.
Always your brother,
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I’m still trying to decide if we will eat in heaven or not, but assume that if we do, it will be vegetarian. Why would we kill animals in heaven to eat? Heaven is perfect and death will not be a part of that.
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