TEXT: 1 Samuel 4:12-18
12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.
14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.
15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?
17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
REGARDING INTERMITTENT FASTING:
James Clear, author of “The Quick Start Guide to Intermittent Fasting,” writes: “Honestly, I think the mental barrier is the biggest thing that prevents people from fasting because it’s really not that hard to do in practice. Fasting seems foreign to many of us simply because nobody talks about it that much. The reason for this is that nobody stands to make much money by telling you to not eat their products, not take their supplements, or not buy their goods. In other words, fasting isn’t a very marketable topic and so you’re not exposed to advertising and marketing on it very often. The result is that it seems somewhat extreme or strange, even though it’s really not.”
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.
Regarding this passage, Thomas Constable writes, “The deaths of Hophni and Phinehas, who accompanied the soldiers into battle, were the sign God promised Eli that He would remove the priestly privilege from Eli’s descendants eventually. The writer carefully recorded that it was the news that the Philistines had captured the ark, not that his two sons had died, that shocked Eli and caused him to die. Eli’s primary concern, to his credit, was the welfare of Israel. There is a word play in the Hebrew text that helps us understand the significance of the departure of God’s glory. The Hebrew word for “heavy” is ‘kabed,’ and the word for ‘glory’ is ‘kabod.’ Rather than Israel enjoying glory from God’s presence through Eli’s priesthood, Eli himself had received the glory, as his heavy weight implies. Eli”s apparent self-indulgence was responsible for the departure of God’s glory from Israel and from his line of priests.”
As Dr. Constable suggests, our own self-indulgence, not only in food, but in any matter, can have unforeseen consequences down the road. In the context of overcoming the spirit of gluttony, we usually do not think about how what we are eating on a regular basis today can affect us five or ten years from now. But, in this and all matters, we should be wise and look ahead to ensure we are not digging a hole for ourselves down the road.
PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends not using any vegetable oils. He writes, “Olive oil is 100 percent fat and contains high concentrations of saturated fat, while the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals of the olive itself have been stripped away. In clinical studies on humans, olive oil has been shown to be as bad for the heart as eating roast beef. In other studies, it has been found that mono-unsaturated fat, although showing higher HDL and lower LDL levels, resulted in just as much coronary disease as saturated fat.”
Now, we are going to continue looking at some “Frequently Asked Questions About Intermittent Fasting” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:
2. Isn’t it unhealthy to skip breakfast?
No. The problem is that most stereotypical breakfast skippers have unhealthy lifestyles. If you make sure to eat healthy food for the rest of the day then it is fine.
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.