Jesus spoke in parables so that those who loved him could understand and learn valuable lessons, and at the same time those who didn’t know him would just think that it was a story. People loved his stories, whether they understood them or not. However, those parables teach us priceless lessons. How? Through correspondences. From the parable of the mustard seed, we understand that the mustard seed corresponds to faith because it is so small, but becomes something much larger. We also understand the pearl of great price, the story of the ten virgins who took oil in their lamps and many others.
Today, our world is telling us a story. It smacks us in the face each and every day, but do we understand it? Do we see beyond what is happening naturally around us? One of these modern day parables is the food we eat. The food we eat corresponds to truth. Jesus said that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth (Mt 4:4). What are we eating?
The world is being flooded with junk food. What an appropriate name! It appeals to our taste buds by including plenty of salt, fat and sugar, but it is making us sick and even killing us. More insidious is the food that looks real, but has been completely adulterated. It is either poisoned with herbicides and pesticides or it has been changed genetically from the way God perfectly created it. The result? Cancers and more diseases. Not only is it killing us and making us sick, but we are addicted to it. We love it!
Looking at it as a parable, we have to see that people are dying from a lack of knowledge (of the word of God). “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Ho 4:6).” People don’t believe that they live by every word that comes from God. (Mt 4:4) They accept falsity rather than truth, they change the truth into something more ‘acceptable’ in our times, and they look for soothing words to appease their consciences. Read Jeremiah 23:16, 17. That is real spiritual junk food with all the elements necessary to make our souls fat and lazy, overpowered by the sugar high given to us by smooth and ‘sweet’ words.
Let’s get back to the real Word of God. It will nourish us and when we see the beauty it brings to our lives and how we flourish from living it, the world around us will change with us and reflect the new reality that is ours. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. When that becomes reality, the natural elements of this earth will show forth God’s kingdom. There is no junk food in God’s kingdom, only delicious food that nourishes our bodies and spirits.