Everyone thinks their Mom’s cooking is the best, but chances are it is not. It has more to do with the fact her cooking is the one that you started eating. It is what you expect food to taste like. If she made her potatoes lumpy, then that is how you like them because that is what you think they are supposed to be. It is not until you broaden your palate, that you may begin to see that maybe there is something better than that.
You’ll sometimes hear the remark; this will ruin all other <whatever> for you. Some cooking will reset your taste buds once you have had it. It becomes the standard. If we only ever had crummy versions of something, we really don’t know what it really tastes like.
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
The Hebrew writer uses this commonality to illustrate the absurdity of abandoning the faith. If you have had to best there is why would go back to the inferior? If we have tasted the Lord and what he offers, why would we crave anything else?
Today we often settle for bad food out of ease and laziness. We waste calories on food that does not satisfy or supplement. Don’t make the same mistake in our spiritual food. Whatever you have had pales in compassion to the Lord’s feast. Don’t give up the gourmet meal for bland junk food!