Fat. It should stand for “Flavor And Texture.” Despite its bad rap, fat is fundamental to cooking and eating because the flavor of the food is in the fat. It is filling. It is delicious. It is satisfying.

Okay, there are several kinds of fats, nuts, butter, actual animals fats, and oils. The FAT episode of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, starts out with how olive oil is made. For obvious reasons, I’m a fan!

I already knew there was a lot of verses about olive oil in the Bible, but I’m reading in the books of Moses and there is a lot of talk about fat: the fat off the kidneys, burning the fat on the altar. Fat this. Fat that. (Apparently, God likes His food flavorful too.)

As I poked around in my Strong’s Concordance, the meaning of “fat” changes, sometimes it means the actual fat, in others it means the choicest parts. In still others, it means abundance (e.g. the fat of the land). The verse that I thought of when I was formulating the idea of this series was Psalms 34:8-10.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

Ps 34:8-10

These verses bid us experience the Lord’s gift of abundance to us. If the young lions — those ravenous beasts — will not hunger, how can we doubt that the Lord will not supply us with good things?

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

Ps 36:7-9

The word “fullness” in the NKJV version of Ps 36:8 is translated “fatness” in the King James version. The word in Strong’s that this word fullness/fatness comes from is the Hebrew word deshen, relatively close to a similar Hebrew word, dâshên, which figuratively means “to satisfy.”

I never want to be the person who advocates for a doom and gloom Christianity. We have, because we know the God who created pleasure, the ability to understand pleasure in its necessary place and time. He commands us to enjoy the earth within the boundaries He has set up for our good. He also provides us with the pleasures in our spiritual life. His love, mercy, comfort, conviction, and His presence in the time of troubles.

Most importantly, at our salvation, we are grafted into the family of God and are made alive. No longer the enemy of God but His friend — His child, who will inherit the riches of heaven, because of the satisfactory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus thirsted on the cross so that we could drink deeply of the fountain of life. Do not neglect so great a salvation, my friends. Taste and see, that it is good.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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