It’s no secret that I love Tex-Mex food. Or, as we like to call it here in Texas — food. My babies were eating tamales and refried beans before they even had teeth.
If you’re from Texas then you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, then make sure and look me up when you get here. And I’ll take you out for some Tex-Mex.
When we go to our favorite restaurant, Eric and I usually split the tri-color enchiladas, to save money and calories. Both of us get enough to eat but not too much.
The waiter brings us an extra plate and we cut those babies right down the middle, half for my plate and half for his. Then we divide the rice and beans and dig in.
It’s something we do without thinking about it.
But today I thought about it.
I was doing my Bible reading and was studying the word “covenant.” There are several instances in the Old Testament where God makes a covenant–or a promise–and I was trying to dig deeper for a better understanding of the word.
Here’s where I get to insert a plug for one of my favorite websites/apps ever. It’s called Blue Letter Bible, and it gives you access to both the Hebrew and Greek lexicons, so you can look up any Bible word in the original language, where you will find the definition, along with a short commentary and other possible meanings.
I’ve gained so much understanding of scripture by looking up words or passages this way. Often times there is a meaning to a word that doesn’t translate well into English. By researching the original word, we can discover all kinds of new insights.
So that’s what I did with the word “covenant.”
What I discovered is that the word “covenant” comes from a root word which means “to cut in two.” A covenant in the ancient world meant cutting something in half and passing between the two parts as a symbol of agreement.
But as I continued to read the entry in Blue Letter Bible, I discovered that the word “covenant” also signifies eating a meal together.
So. . . let’s see. . . cutting something in two, then sharing a meal together. Okay, I can relate to that.
That’s what we do when we split our enchiladas. We cut them right down the middle and then we eat our food together.
At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. But once I compared the idea of “covenant” to my beloved enchilada dinner, I recognized the intimacy in the act.
You see, I wouldn’t share my enchiladas with just anybody. Sharing a meal requires a certain level of friendship at the very least. There is an intimacy there, both in choosing the meal and in sharing it. A whole “my food touched your food” kind of intimacy.
And there is also the idea of the breaking. Before the meal can be shared, it has to be cut, carved into two equal portions, so that the eating can begin.
Again, we do this every time we have enchiladas, but it never dawned on me before.
A New Covenant
And then I thought of Jesus.
• Of how he fed the 5000, but before he did, he gave thanks, then broke the bread and shared a meal with the people.
• Or how he ate with his disciples on the night before his death, how he shared this intimate time with them and how he took the bread saying, “this is my body” and then breaking it to share with them one last time.
• And then he did this amazing thing. Where he hung on a cross, his body broken in covenant, his heart split right in two, so that we would never have to hunger ever again.
A new covenant, one that would last forever.
An unbelievable act of love and surrender, just so that we could partake of the feast of abundant life? It’s too much to take in.
There’s this whole idea of gathering around the table to share a meal that really means more than it seems like it would. It seems like it’s just sustenance, just a necessity.
But it is so much more.
When we come to the table with others, when we share a meal, when we break bread, we are doing something more than just eating.
We are reenacting God’s covenant.
Every single time.
Friends, this should not be taken lightly.
Sharing Enchiladas with Jesus
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20
• Jesus doesn’t want to stand outside on the porch and try to sell you the latest magazines or a box of Girl Scout Cookies.
• He doesn’t want to come in just for a cup of water.
• He doesn’t just want to hang out on the couch and watch TV.
He wants to come in and share a meal with you. That’s the analogy He used.
He desires a level of spiritual intimacy with every person alive, and that includes you. He doesn’t want to be on your list of acquaintances or Facebook friends. He wants to be the companion you’d be willing to share your enchiladas with for the rest of your life.
That’s what it means to be in covenant with Him.
That’s intimacy. That’s devotion.
So open the door and let Him in, won’t you?
But when you do, be prepared to share your enchiladas.