After our visit to the Natural History Museum during half term, we had lunch with old friends. As we ate a delicious spread, one of our kids said, if God has no body (is incorporeal) then he can’t experience what it is like to eat good food, shame. Does that mean God’s knowledge is incomplete?
We had fun exporing the answers. First, we discussed God’s knowledge. God knows everything, even the secrets of our hearts:
If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
So, as each person at table savoured the food and enjoyed the experience, God knew exactly what we were experiencing and so knows vicariously what eating is like.
We then considered the second joy of God in our eating. God gave us bodies, with all the senses which make eating a pleasure. He also gave us the rich variety of food, with all its flavours and textures. And so, as he delighted to give us these things, then God also enjoys the pleasure of seeing us enjoying his gifts.
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
I love doing theology on the hoof. I think this is about as close as I can get to being a Deuteronomy 6:4-8 family. I just hope and pray that my kids keep the questions coming.