TEXT: Judges 3:14-22
14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.
16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
20 And Ehud came unto [Eglon, king of Moab]; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
Ignatius Bryan-chan-i-nov said, “Everyone should rule his body with great prudence, after exploring his physical powers. For a strong and healthy body, special fasts and vigils are suitable; they make it lighter, and give the mind a special wakefulness. A weak body should be strengthened by food and sleep according to one’s physical needs, but on no account to gluttony. Gluttony is extremely harmful for it weakens the body and makes it susceptible to disease.”
According to The Annals of Internal Medicine, Obesity comes with a higher risk of reflux disease which causes stomach acid or intestinal secretions to leak into your esophagus. Common symptoms include heartburn, indigestion, coughing (especially at night), hoarseness, and belching. Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the general population experience these symptoms regularly — with the worst conditions causing erosion of the esophagus and esophageal cancer.
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.
Ehud, a God-appointed deliverer of the children of Israel, paid a visit to their oppressor, Eglon, king of Moab, under the pretense of presenting him with a gift. As we read yesterday, the Bible notes that the king was “a very fat man.” We also learned that Ehud, a left-handed man, had crafted a dagger, about a cubit (approximately eighteen inches) long, and concealed it on his right side. Because most people are right-handed and would have concealed a weapon on their left side, the guards of King Eglon missed Ehud’s concealed weapon.
When Ehud is alone with Eglon, he declares that he has a gift for the king, and then takes out his dagger and stabs the king in the belly. Ideally, Ehud would have pulled the dagger out and made his escape. But, Eglon is so fat that his flesh swallows up the dagger — blade and hilt — preventing Ehud from retrieving it. The text notes that “the dirt”, his guts or fleshy innards, “came out.” (Some commentaries state that Eglon was in a private room relieving himself when this happened, and the “dirt” described is human excrement.)
Now most people couldn’t imagine having an eighteen-inch knife easily swallowed up by their own body. But, if statistics are to be believed, over 15 million Americans are classified as morbidly obese — the same classification that would be applied to King Eglon. The International Journal of Obesity states, “The prevalence of clinically severe obesity continues to be increasing.” (By the way, the fact that there is a medical journal dedicated to nothing but obesity shows us how severe this problem is.)
Several commentators have noted that there seems to be an ironic tilt to this account. Eglon and his people got “fat” off of the tribute that was paid to them by the Israelites and others. They had become complacent and over-confident, while the “poor” Israelites had become lean, hardy, and cunning. Eglon, as fat as he was, would have been slow and physically unable to defend himself against the surprise attack from Ehud, and so perished because of the very thing that had built up his power and personal gratification.
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, next time, we will continue looking at lessons we can learn from this passage about how we can overcome gluttony.
PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends not using any vegetable oils. He writes, “Fried animal foods, such as fried chicken, are probably the most dangerous foods in existence because they combine high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, with high levels of oil. In other words, your blood vessels are getting a triple-whammy when you eat fried animal foods. Even seemingly ‘innocent’ foods such as movie popcorn are dangerous as they are usually popped in coconut or palm oil, both of which are extremely high in saturated fat.”
Now, we are going to continue looking at “Safety and Side Effects” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:
Consulting with your doctor is particularly important if you:
Have problems with blood sugar regulation.
Have low blood pressure.
Have a history of eating disorders.
Are a female who is trying to conceive.
Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
All that being said, intermittent fasting does have an outstanding safety profile. There is nothing “dangerous” about not eating for a while if you are healthy and well nourished overall.
REGARDING INTERMITTENT FASTING:
James Clear, author of “The Quick Start Guide to Intermittent Fasting,” says regarding alternate day intermittent fasting: “Alternate day intermittent fasting incorporates longer fasting periods on alternating days throughout the week. In one example, you would eat dinner on Monday night and then not eat again until Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, however, you would eat all day and then start the 24–hour fasting cycle again after dinner on Wednesday evening. This allows you to get long fast periods on a consistent basis while also eating at least one meal every day of the week. The benefit of alternate day intermittent fasting is that it gives you longer time in the fasted state than the Leangains style of fasting. Hypothetically, this would increase the benefits you receive from fasting.”
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.