by Christina Farris
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. There is not anyone that has gone to a doctor that has not been told that they need to eat right to remain healthy or to get healthy. I do not have a diet plan persay, but I eat pretty healthy when I can afford too. However there times when whatever is affordable is healthier then nothing. Teenagers compete in the world of how thin is okay and how fat is not okay. Doctors agree there a healthy thinness and healthy fatness, and the goaled is a healthy in between. Everyone that diets goes into extreme mode of sticking to a diet plan to loose those few extra pounds. We know God gave all herb baring plants and fruit from trees for food, but when did God give man meat, and in scripture one will discover man did not eat meat until the time of Noah and landing on dry land. Perhaps the reason there was not much vegetation yet to eat, and something had to be consumed for nuriousment. Yet we know God required lamb for a burnt offering.
In the five books of Moses you find laws concerning dietary laws concerning what was appropiate to eat and what was not. It may of had to do with preparation of these meats at the time. Even in the letters including Acts there is reference to different dietary practices. Sometimes it easy to run back to Genesis 9 and say God gave all animals for food and leave it at that. No doubt food diets also were based on preference of taste. Large fish may of been eaten after the flood as the water receded, for shortage of animals would of been an issue as well. We do not know exactly what was eat on a daily bases after the flood as far as meals, but we know meat was now a stable.
What is my point this morning, how many people have been on diets only to change them after trying one type of diet or another. We sacrifice our food choices and desires for one food item to another hoping it will be the magic trick of loosing weight and seldom does it remain successful. Yet those who try not to indulge but eat responsibly seem to do better long term, but might not see great weight loss over night. The goaled must be determind and solution by a doctor, or try it and see if it works option is usually what people do.
Overtime our culture has changed, laws changed and society rules have changed over time, yet one thing that has been consistant with change even in scripture is the love of God for man, and his desire to care for our needs. To care for us, despite our own understanding of who He truly is as Lord. Our understanding of God is truly finite, and our understanding grows, but we never fully understand God's tender mercy in our life. Faith is not meant to be yoyo diet of a little of God's word and then a lot of food. We would be starving if we only ate a little from scripture and benged on a full diet of the word of God.
It is okay if you don't have the same amount of time daily to read God's word, the main thing is to try and live according to the word of God and to learn what you can about loving God and loving others and applying his word to one's own life. Bodily exercise is healthy for the bones, but it does not profit for eternal life. Eternal life must grow with faith. Understanding our security comes through Christ but godliness is a benefit and profitable in life and bears the evidence of a godly living. Do not sacrifice God's word as being consider a healthy diet for a believer, it is the word that ministers to our hearts as we meditiate on it. Take a portion and learn the meaning behind it. Take another gulp of God's word once you learn that portion.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to learn to live according to your word and put into practice your Spirit teaches us through your word about living godly lives. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Timothy 4:8-9 KJV
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.