TEXT: Numbers 11:21-23
21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
Dia-do-chos of Photiki said, “When heavy with over-eating, the body makes the intellect spiritless and sluggish; likewise, when weakened by excessive abstinence, the body makes the contemplative faculty of the soul dejected and disinclined to concentrate. We should therefore regulate our food according to the condition of the body, so that it is appropriately disciplined when in good health and adequately nourished when weak.”
According to The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, “More than half of those affected by obesity (around 50-60 percent) have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In cases of severe obesity, this figure is around 90 percent. OSA is a very serious breathing disorder. OSA occurs when excess fat in the neck, throat, and tongue block air passageways during sleep. This blockage causes apnea, which means a person stops breathing for a time. A person with OSA may have hundreds of apnea episodes each night. Apnea episodes reduce the amount of oxygen in a person’s blood.”
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.
As we continue looking at this passage, we see that Moses, who himself is fed up with the complaining of the children of Israel, questions the idea that God will supply meat for them to eat in the wilderness for an entire month. As if God doesn’t already know, he says, “The people are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.” Moses wants to know how over half a million men of fighting age will be fed meat for a whole month — not counting women and children.
Perhaps this is Moses’ way of trying to get God to back down from the threat to provide meat until it becomes “loathsome” to the people. After dealing with God for a long time, He knows that that is no idle threat and that such a punishment could be devastating to the people. Perhaps he is trying to say to God, “You don’t really have to do that.”
In his reply, God continues to address the underlying doubt that characterizes the attitude of the children Israel and now seems to be affecting Moses. “The Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short?” In other words, “Am I not able to do what I say I will do? Am I unable to do what I have done in the past? After providing manna miraculously for months, do you really think meat will be so hard for me?”
There will be times in our lives where we will have to do without the foods we want — whether it is by our design or whether such conditions are forced upon us by external circumstances. At no time should we let such circumstances cause us to doubt God’s ability to provide for us. And we should willingly submit to the times of lack that God allows us to go through.
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 are plenty of anecdotal reports from women whose menstrual periods stopped when they started doing IF, then went back to normal when they stopped doing it. For these reasons, women should definitely be careful with intermittent fasting. Ease into it, and if you have any problems like this then stop doing it immediately. If you have problems with fertility and/or are trying to conceive, then consider holding off on intermittent fasting for now. Intermittent fasting is probably a bad idea when pregnant or breastfeeding.
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.