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Did you know that according to Holy Scripture, a person is to bless G-d, giving thanks both before and after a meal, and that this is a commandment?
Here this will be shown, along with some traditional blessings which will be shared also.
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After a Meal In Scripture
Holy Scripture actually states that it is after a meal that a person blesses G-d for the food.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV
From this verse we see that after one has eaten, they then bless G-d.
About the land that is mentioned that we give thanks for:
One will notice that the verse here goes on to say ‘…for the good land he has given you.’ (NIV).
Whilst this was fulfilled just after the Exodus for Israel, it still has current application as believers In Messiah (Christ) believe they have received a land and home above;
‘But God, being rich in mercy,… made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, remember… the commonwealth of Israel… the covenants of promise,… you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,’
(Ephesians 2:4-6, 2:12, 2:19 ESV)
For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:14, 11:16 ESV
‘…the Israel of God.’
(Galatians 6:16 NASB2020)
Before A Meal In Scripture
Most are familiar with the concept of blessing before a meal or snack.
This healthy habit is largely birthed by rabinnical (Pharisee) tradition, and can be seen in Holy Scripture;
Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and he broke it and began to eat.
Acts 27:35 NASB2020
‘Now while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples…’
(Matthew 26:26 NASB2020)
‘Then Jesus spoke… saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. Therefore, whatever they tell you, do and comply with it all…’
(Matthew 23:1-3 NASB2020)
Blessings We Say Before And After A Meal/Food?
We now see that blessing G-d and giving thanks before and after a meal is a commandment in Holy Scripture.
Here are the traditional blessings for different types of food for reference;
The Blessings Before Meals
The various blessings before eating are spelled out in both English and Hebrew, and spoken for the different classified foods here;
The Blessings After Meals
The various blessings after one has finished eating are spelled out in both English and Hebrew for the different classified foods here;
Note: One may note that the King Messiah has instructed us to not make out prayers lengthy for the sake of it, or pray in public for the sake of being seen by others (Matthew 6:5-8).
With this in mind, if some traditional blessings are too long for you, such as Birkat Ha-Mazon (Grace After Meals; the blessing for after having eaten a meal which contained bread); a custom selection from said long blessing(s) is quite acceptable.
When Finishing A Blessing, Giving Thanks, And Praying
A believer finishes giving thanks to the holy G-d in the name of His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach) – as per the verse;
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 NIV
Why and how so?
Because the name of the Messiah (Christ) is access to G-d, for prayer to be heard;
‘…Christ Jesus… through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.’
(Ephesians 2:13, 2:18 NIV)
Hoping it is fruitful with you.
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.
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