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From: Valuing food – Footsteps 94

Different ways to safely store and preserve food, making the most of the food we have and reducing waste

God wants everyone in the world to have enough to eat and to be able to choose to fast or feast as part of their worship of him.

Fasting is choosing to go without food or drink for a specific period of time. It is not the same as being hungry because of a lack of food, it is chosen freely. Throughout the Bible, God's people practise fasting to seek his face and become more dependent on him.

Read Matthew 6:16-18

Read Isaiah 58:1-12

  • In this passage, what is wrong with the way that the Israelites are fasting?
  • What does God say 'true fasting' involves?
  • What do you think it means to 'spend yourself on behalf of the hungry'? (verse 10)

Feasting is celebrating with food. It is a time when we enjoy the abundance of God's provision for us together with others. There are many examples of feasting in the Bible, from Abraham's feast to celebrate Isaac being weaned, to the wedding supper of the Lamb when Jesus returns.

Read Luke 15:11-31 - The Parable of the Lost Son

Read Isaiah 25:6-9

In this passage prophet Isaiah is looking forward to a time when God's people from all nations will celebrate a feast with him.

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