A Tale of Two Hamburgers

Our 23 year old son came home the other day with a paper bag. From it he pulled out two Western Bacon Cheeseburgers plus zucchini fries. He reminded me of high school, when I first learned that you could buy two hamburgers all for yourself.

It happened when I was at McDonald’s with some friends. One of them, Mark, ordered two Big Macs plus a large fries. I looked at his tray and thought “What’s he doing with two burgers?” It’s not that I wasn’t hungry enough to eat two Big Macs; I’d just never imagined buying two at once.

Mark opened up a whole new world for me, a world where 2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun doubled into a feast of burgery goodness.

I mentioned this revelatory moment of my teen years as our son chowed on the burgers. My wife said that she’s never been able to eat a single Big Mac, let alone two. It’s not that she doesn’t enjoy tasty food; we’ve tackled many a meal together. But she’s not big and comparing her capacity for food with mine or our son’s is not a fair comparison at all.

Our son is on th eright in the black shorts. You can see why he's able to eat two large burgers and fries. (His mother is in the picture too. Notice who is not identified as being in the picture at all.)

Our son is on the right in the hat, black shorts and purple tank. You can see why he’s able to eat two large burgers plus fries. His mother is in the picture too. Notice who’s not in the picture (and it’s not because I was behind the camera).

Insatiable Appetites

The Bible talks about appetite, sometimes literally and sometimes as metaphor. One of the biggest belongs to Satan, who wants to swallow us up in death:

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8.)


Death expands its jaws,
    opening wide its mouth. (Isaiah 5:14.)

Death’s appetite appears insatiable, but it’s not unstoppable. In Christ, it is life that swallows death and not the other way around.

Paul rightly asks Death why it can no longer pierce us and pin us to the grave:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55.)

In Hebrews we’re told:

… by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15.)

It took the death of Christ to conquer death’s hold over us all, so that Satan cannot ridicule and threaten us with our mortality.

John later gives us a picture of Christ’s victory over Satan and sin and death, showing that God’s victory is complete and irrevocable.

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. (Revelation 20:10, 14.)

The one Person whose appetite is truly insatiable is God, who invites us to join him in his victory over death.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39.)

I am glad for God’s appetite for his people, a divine desire that brings us to himself not to be devoured but to join him at the table of the eternal feast in his presence.

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29.)

I’m hungry.

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10 Responses to A Tale of Two Hamburgers

  1. This may be a first for me: Considering God as a Happy Meal. 🙂

    • Tim says:

      Well, the Bible does say we are to taste and see that the Lord s good, and belonging to Jesus does make me happy, so …

  2. Jeannie says:

    Great. Now I’m going to have that jingle in my head all day! 🙂 Appreciated your quoting the First Corinthians passage; our pastor was preaching on that passage just last week.

  3. Mary Anne says:

    “Death expands its jaws . . .” Am I the only one who thought of the movie Jaws when reading that? It’s a far scarier image to me (YMMV) than the “like a roaring lion,” because we have the real Lion, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, to stand up for us. But now I’m flashing back to the summer of 1975, hearing the tagline in the commercials: “It is as if God created the devil . . . and gave him . . . JAWS.” (Cue spooky John Williams theme music)

    As for the feast in the Kingdom of God, I think of the old song about “I’m gonna sit at the welcome table . . .”

    • Tim says:

      When biblical writers spoke of lions, their readers probably had experience dodging them on the roads between tows, or knew of someone who had. For us, we read of shark attacks instead. The insatiable and unstoppable appetite of that shark in Jaws sure makes an apt metaphor nowadays, MA.

  4. Aimee Byrd says:

    This got me thinking, Tim. Satan’s appetite can never be satisfied. But God is satisfied both in the thank offering and sacrifice of Christ. What a blessing to be in Christ! And yes indeed, he pursues us with a vigor that Satan can never match. Thanks for the metaphor. And the reminder to do some pull-ups.

    • Tim says:

      Great point Aimee: God is satisfied with us by what Christ has done for us.

      And on pull-ups, do you use one of those bands some of the people in the pic are using or do without like my son does?

  5. Adriana says:

    My oldest son is about to turn twelve, Tim. Keeping him fed is a full time job!
    Fun family picture! Glad you shared it.

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