Far too often, I hear men use the “Bible” and the “role of men” argument to stay completely out of the kitchen and never help their wife with cooking or simply washing the dishes after themselves.
The problem with this argument is that, though there are male and females roles in the family, the Bible does not automatically assign the kitchen and cooking duties to females. Such traditions and beliefs are only cultural, without biblical support.
Yes, the men are called to provide for their home, which does mean that they will be out of the house more & working, and will have less opportunities to prepare lunch for their family and children. And, the Bible does call women to “work at home” (Titus 2:5), or be “homeward oriented.” Proverbs 31:15 also says that a wise women “rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household.”
Bud the idea that when a man comes home from work, he is to slump on a chair and never put his foot in the kitchen is not Biblical. Such a notion assumes that a woman has nothing to do at home, accept prepare food and wait for the husband to come in. In reality, women who are stay-at-home moms and carry a responsibility to raise and teach their children are often more busier than men at work. Cooking and preparing food cannot be only expected of the women.
More importantly, throughout the Bible, we see MANY examples of great man of God cooking and preparing meals. Here are just some examples:
Abraham: Genesis 18:7-8
And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
Isaac: Genesis 26:30
So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
Jacob: Genesis 25:29; 34
When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished;… Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way.
Esau: Genesis 27:31
Then he also made savory (delicious) food, and brought it to his father; and he said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me.”
Jesus: John 21:13
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
Jesus: Luke 22:19
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
The Disciples of Jesus: Matthew 26:17-19
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
The Disciples of Jesus: Matthew 14:16
But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
In Jesus’ parables: Luke 14:16
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
Deacons serving tables: Acts 6:1-7
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty (to serve tables).
Heavenly Father Himself: Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
God is preparing a feast now: Isaiah 25:6-8
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
A little extra: According to the New Testament, it is the responsibility of MEN to prepare the coffee. There’s a whole book devoted to it: “He-brews.”
Many of the heroes of faith, the Godly men of the Bible, were shepherds and herdsmen, e.g. Abel, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jacob’s 12 sons, David, etc, and they had many livestock. Some of Jesus disciples were fishermen by profession. If such males in the Bible and plus Jesus and the Father are preparing meals, no man should be ashamed to cook meals for their family! The kitchen is not a place only for females.
Now, lets just hope my wife doesn’t read this blog, cause she prepares some VERY good meals. And yes, I occasionally help.
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my dad is a pastor and he cooks 🙂