TEXT: Numbers 11:18-20
18 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the Lord, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the Lord will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.
19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the Lord which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
Charles Spurgeon said, “I believe that gluttony is as much a sin in the sight of God as drunkenness.”
According to The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, “People with obesity have reduced lung capacity. These people are at higher risk for respiratory infections. They are more likely to have asthma and other respiratory disorders. Asthma has been shown to be three to four times more common among people with obesity.”
This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.
The children of Israel are weeping. Moses is upset. God is angry. Moses complains to God about the burden of caring for all of the people by himself. And God provides a solution by commanding him to gather seventy elders upon whom he will impart His spirit, giving them the wisdom to help Moses handle the people’s issues.
Then, God delivers an answer to their primary concern: the absence of meat in their diet. In a reply full of rebuke, God tells Moses that He won’t just supply meat for the people to eat, but He’ll supply so much meat that the people will be sick of it within a month’s time. “Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you.” Why is God punishing them with the very thing they desire? He says it is because “ye have despised the Lord which is among you.”
Again, it is not just about food and eating. It is about our mentality toward God’s provisions. In the same way that the children of Israel were punished by the meat they craved, millions of people today are suffering with obesity and other severe health problems simply from eating the unhealthy foods they strongly desire. Ironically, it is often the foods we think we can’t live without that are killing us slowly.
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, next time, we will continue looking at what this passage tells us about God’s plan for man’s eating habits.
PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends not using any vegetable oils. He writes, “Hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans-fats) are particularly efficient at clogging arteries and depriving your body of oxygen. These oils are found in all kinds of refined foods such as chips, cookies, crackers, cereals, breakfast bars and other baked goods. Every time you eat a bag of cookies it’s no different than biting into a piece of meat.”
Now, we are going to continue looking at how “Some People Should Be Careful With Intermittent Fasting (or Avoid It Altogether)” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:
There is some evidence that intermittent fasting may not be as beneficial for women, as it is for men. For example, one study showed that it improved insulin sensitivity in men, but worsened blood sugar control in women. Although there are no human studies on this, studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting can make female rats emaciated, masculinized, infertile and cause them to miss cycles.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.