Food and Covering
In the Apostle Paul’s 1st letter to Timothy, he makes a very interesting exposition about the true condition of life – we come into this world with nothing and that is exactly what we leave with. Paul is desperately trying to tell Timothy, and us for that matter, that the pursuit of money and riches is fruitless and that it will leads on a path towards destruction:
Timotiyos Aleph (1 Timothy) 6:7-8:
(7) For we brought naught into the world, and it is impossible to take any out.
(8) When we have food and covering, we shall be satisfied with these.
– Although simply stated, and yet profound in its meaning is what we see in verse 8 – “when we have food and covering, we shall be satisfied with these.” This statement echoes something very similar to what the Messiah says in Mattityahu (Matthew) 6:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 6:25-34:
(25) “Because of this I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you shall eat or drink, or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than the food and the body more than the clothing?
(26) “Look at the birds of the heaven, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, yet your heavenly Father does feed them. Are you not worth more than they?
(27) “And which of you by worrying is able to add one cubit to his life’s span?
(28) “So why do you worry about clothing? Note well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin,
(29) and I say to you that even Shelomoh in all his esteem was not dressed like one of these.
(30) “But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which exists today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more you, O you of little belief?
(31) “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
(32) “For all these the gentiles seek for. And your heavenly Father knows that you need all these.
(33) “But seek first the reign of Elohim, and His righteousness, and all these matters shall be added to you.
(34) “Do not, then, worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall have its own worries. Each day has enough evil of itself.
– Yahushua tells us that the Father knows we need food and covering, He provides for these things, and has provided consistently throughout the ages. We should be more concerned with advancing the Kingdom of Yahweh.
– Now that we have established this fact in the Brit Chadashah, let’s look back into the scriptures and examine the proof of it from Beresheit (The Beginning)!
Provision for Food and Covering
Beresheit (Genesis) 1:29-31:
(29) And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food.
(30) “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeping creature on the earth, in which there is life, every green plant is for food.” And it came to be so.
(31) And Elohim saw all that He had made, and see, it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the sixth day.
– Yahweh knew that His creations would need sustenance to survive, grow, and multiply (Law of “Like kinds”), so he created the Earth and the garden with that knowledge because He knows the “end from the beginning.” For a covering, He created the heavens (shamayim) to cover His creation and mist from the ground to water it. His creation was perfect and functional as he created it.
Adam and Eve:
Beresheit (Genesis) 3:17-19:
(17) And to the man He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘Do not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground because of you, in toil you are to eat of it all the days of your life,
(18) and the ground shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.
(19) “By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you return.”
– Despite Adam and Hawwah’s (Eve) sin in the Garden of Eden and the severity of Yahweh’s curse upon Adam and the Earth, He still provided for the world’s food. Instead of it springing forth as Yahweh created it, now man would have to work for his bread by the “sweat of his brow.”
Beresheit (Genesis) 3:21: And יהוה Elohim made coats of skin for the man and his wife and dressed them.
– The first covering of man, as previously alluded to, was the shamayim (heavens) or the sky above his head. When Adam and Hawwah became ashamed of their nakedness, Yahweh created the first covering garments: coats made of animal skins as a covering for their flesh.
Children of Yisra’el
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 8:3-4:
(3) “And He humbled you, and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, to make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of יהוה. Footnote: Messiah quotes this in Mt. 4:4 and in Lk. 4:4.
(4) “Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 29:4-6:
(4) “But יהוה has not given you a heart to know and eyes to see and ears to hear, till this day.
(5) “And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your garments have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.
(6) “You ate no bread and drank no wine nor strong drink, so that you might know that I am יהוה your Elohim.
– Yahweh fed the Children of Yisra’el with manna and quail in the wilderness and provided animals (cattle, goats, sheep, and doves) for offerings and food for Aharon, the priest, and the Levites. He also made it to where neither garments nor shoes/sandals did wear out during the 40 years in the wilderness. Despite their disobedience, much like Adam and Hawwah’s in the Garden, the Children of Yisra’el were preserved, fed, and covered.
Days of King David
Shemu’el Aleph (1 Samuel) 21:6: Then the priest gave him set-apart bread, for there was no bread there except the showbread which had been taken from before יהוה, in order to put hot bread in on the day it is taken away.
– This instance describes the blessing of Yahweh upon King David with sustenance. In this verse, David and His men were fleeing for their lives and had no food, when they came upon Achimelek the priest and asked him for bread. The only bread which he had was the shewbread which was set-apart before Yahweh, and yet it was given to David and His men.
The previous Scripture verses were just a few of many showing the loving-kindness of Yahweh our Elohim. The Father has not ceased to provide for the food and covering of His creation since the beginning. Yahushua himself is our Bread and Covering which we did nothing to earn, but are gifts from Elohim: Yochanan (John) 6:35: And יהושע said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in Me shall not get thirsty at all.”
We should be grateful that those things will be added unto us if we do the work of the Kingdom. I’ll leave you with the blessing of Yahweh by the mouth of Mosheh to the Children of Yisra’el:
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:1-14:
(1) “And it shall be, if you diligently obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands which I command you today, that יהוה your Elohim shall set you high above all nations of the earth.
(2) “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim:
(3) “Blessed are you in the city, and blessed are you in the field.
(4) “Blessed is the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your livestock – the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
(5) “Blessed is your basket and your kneading bowl.
(6) “Blessed are you when you come in, and blessed are you when you go out.
(7) “יהוה causes your enemies who rise against you to be smitten before your face – they come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
(8) “יהוה commands the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and shall bless you in the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you.
(9) “יהוה does establish you as a set-apart people to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim and walk in His ways.
(10) “And all peoples of the earth shall see that the Name of יהוה is called upon you, and they shall be afraid of you.
(11) “And יהוה shall make you to have plenty of what is good, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land of which יהוה swore to your fathers to give you.
(12) יהוה opens to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. And you shall lend to many nations, but you do not borrow.
(13) “And יהוה shall make you the head and not the tail. And you shall be only on top, and not be beneath, if you obey the commands of יהוה your Elohim, which I command you today, to guard and do.
(14) “And do not turn aside from any of the Words which I am commanding you today, right or left, to go after other mighty ones to serve them.
(Special thanks to my wife Layah, who through the workings of the Ruach HaKodesh, helped to bring this study to you!)