Much in these days is said that people around the world are getting crazy to know about different cuisines.Many television programs are dealing with how to prepare wholesome food.Others are not that too interested as long as the food is appealing to their stomach ,is what matters.Probably in the world of indifference and much poverty, to prepare a healthy wholesome food is non-conventional.But because the world has not come into the knowledge of truth that is in Jesus, they do not know that the food we eat affects our spirituality and relationship with Jesus. And for them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle is indebted only to people who are sickly or to rich people.The word “diet” has been misinterpreted by most of the worldlings that instead of a blessing of health it becomes a stepping stone of their selfish ambition to slimmer body.If the world would be reminded that the first sin that was committed by our first parents is through eating the forbidden food,they would be serious in dealing with the food they intake.What God has prescribed for us to eat,we should obey it for it is for our own good.
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:9
Though God made all the vegetation in the third day,in the beginning God has made a restriction that not all can be eaten even though it is pleasant to the sight and good for food.So therefore in a perfect environment ,in the ideal life which God had created, man in his perfect and holy state was instructed to eat only the food which God has bidden them to eat.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.Genesis 2:16-17
God has given us a freedom to exercise our will that we may love Him and serve Him with all of our heart.God did not make us a mere automaton because God desires the service of love. Exercise of force is contrary to the principle of God.Only by love is love awakened.For the goodness of the whole universe God has set His law in which all creatures must obey.
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. Psalms 89:14-17
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:1,4-6
Satan when he draw nearer to Eve disguising himself through a serpent,he made a question to what God had said in order to generate doubt on Eve.And then he made a remark contrary to what God had said that they will not surely die.So through deceiving persuasion,Satan told Eve that if they will eat the fruit they will be as gods,knowing good and evil.Satan in his existence ,as what the Scripture has been revealing to us ,always throw a doubt and question to God.Remember the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness when he says to Jesus; “If thou be the Son of God, turn these stones to bread..” Satan knows that Jesus is the Son of God but the “if” generates a doubt ,a question to God’s supremacy.Satan wants to be God, and to his craftiness he deceived Eve by the same proposition.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
And to us now, we have seen how terrible the effect of the sin of our first parents.Is not it amazing how small things such as eating the forbidden food will make this wonderful world into a disaster? There is no such thing as small sin to God.Any thing that deviates to His commandments is a sin and is offensive to His government.
“..thou shalt eat the herb of the field”Genesis 3:18
When our first parents sinned ,God added the herb to be their food.So after the fall, mankind in antediluvian world had not eaten flesh.Fruit and herbs were their food and according to the Scriptures their life span exceeded up to nine hundred years more.But when at the time of Noah when the flood swept away all vegetation, God allowed them to eat flesh of clean animals since the idea of unclean and clean animals already exist at the time of Noah(See Genesis 7:2 retell at the time of Moses Leviticus 11).And after the flood, the life span of man started to decrease until to present time.
Jesus told us in Matthew 24:38 that the wickedness of the present time will be the same as those time of Noah were “they were eating and drinking”.Eating and drinking in itself are not sin.But what Jesus told us here is that people in the last days are people “whose God is their belly”, giving themselves to excess and plunge themselves to self-indulgence. They become devoid of His spirit since one of the fruit of the Spirit is temperance.And Christians who are the light of the world must be temperate in all things.
Jesus is our example that we must to follow. He is the “lamb without spot and blemish”. He is the epitome of health. He heals the sick because He wanted to restore the image which He had created in the beginning.So as Christians we ought to value our health as Christ in His life magnified the importance of healing the sick. Diseases are often the result of sin because in the beginning of Creation there was no stain of disease.Because of selfish desires,man indulged himself to dysfunctional lifestyle which lead to moral depravity and the end of it is death.
God had purposely fed the Israelites with manna in order for them to learn temperance that man shall not live by bread all alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.Jesus demonstrated it in the wilderness of temptation the principle of temperance that even in the pangs of hunger He chose to obey God’s word than to be swayed by fleshly desire.The Word of God is our food and we should desire it above the temporal food.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.And in all matters of wisdom [and] understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians [and] astrologers that [were] in all his realm. Daniel 1:8,12,15,17,19,20
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.Genesis 1:29-30
Eating flesh was not an ideal food for mankind.God in the beginning set the ideal food for us which are herbs and fruits.Is it amazing that in the beginning all animals are herbivores? Yes it is! Because there is no death in Eden so there is no flesh to eat.When we arrived at the new earth, when God restored the Eden which once lost,we will no more eat flesh.
And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. Isaiah 65:21,22,25
God had no pleasure to see a creature dying.God is life.And he who hath Jesus in his heart has life.If we are really Christians we should obey the health laws which God has given to us not because to obtain salvation but because of His great mercy He set these laws that we may live a life of joy ,peace and happiness.
We are saved by grace through faith.And the life that we are now living we live by faith in the Son of God who loved us and give his life for us.Our works cannot commend us to God nor save us from our sins.We are not saved by the food we eat.But as Christians who are saved by Christ we should live in perfect accordance to the Royal Law according to the Scripture.Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments.And I hope in our daily lives may we manifest Christ to all people in whom we get contact.That they might be blessed and glorified the God whom we are serving.That they may know that Christ came to save the world not to destroy it.So is our life be a manifestation that a Christian life is a life worth living ,a life of peace,joy and health.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3John1:2