Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Culture is often study in school and a wide variety of knowledge is provided, but not all desire to learn about different people or worlds. Education a staple of American diet, yet most of no time to do major study of different cultures around the world, or the classic of years gone by. If one lives in the mountains, most know what mountain music sounds like, but seldom heard in the culture of radio and television. It is a dying culture with the vast array of culture filtering into our world. Daniel and his friends were picked by the kingís men based on their education and learning skills. Daniel desire to obey the king but did not desire to eat the kings menu of rich manís meat. Instead he desire the fruit and vegetables for his daily diet. Today the rich manís diet might be healthier and better variety then most poor people of our world. Fresh vegetables and fruits are sometimes a luxury, along with a steak or roast beef. Had Daniel notice the health of the kings servants and knew they were not getting enough vitamins in their diet that he wish to protect his own health. Probably what the king was serving was not part of Jewish religious customs of diet. Jews had special dietary laws that protect them from eating certain types of meat.
In the New Testament God instructed Peter to eat what was set before him. Yet it was really about going to place that would not know his dietary laws. Peter was going by choice to the gentiles. Daniel was forced into captivity by the Chaldeans. His diet and food were not a choice, Peter diet was a choice. Daniel made a request of those who were in charge over him, to be able to eat fruit and vegetables. The concern of those over him was that the king would look to see Daniel not healthy, so Daniel begged for ten days to see if appeared healthier then those eating the kingís diet of food. He appeared fatter and more healthy then those eating the kingís food after ten days. When I think of eating vegetables it is not about gaining weight, it would be to loose weight. Yet with proper diet learning and education cause better mental skills and better state of the ability to learn. God was with Daniel in the kingís palace as he learned and thrived under new leadership, despite they were the enemies of Israel. Peter was in a place where eating among the gentiles would be necessary. To refuse food of those who you visited to share Christ would be offensive. To refuse food by those who wish to help would be culturally not a good thing. Dietary laws in culture were often because of health issues of improper cooking of certain meats and things. It had little do with being unclean beyond hazards of improper cooking.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the diet that produces learning ability as well encourages good health. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Acts 10:11-16 KJV
(11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
(12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
(13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
(14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
(15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
(16) This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.