TEXT: Exodus 16:3-5
3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily..
Maximus, a seventh century theologian, said, “Nothing created by God is evil. It is not food that is evil but gluttony, not the begetting of children but unchastity, not material things but avarice, not esteem but self-esteem. It is only the misuse of things that is evil, not the things themselves.”
According to ABC News, “Overweight women have a harder time getting pregnant. One Indian study of 300 morbidly obese women found that over 90 percent of them developed poly-cystic ovarian disease, a condition associated with infertility, over a three-year period. Dr. Marc Bessler, director of the Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said that many of his heavier patients experienced difficulty getting pregnant. And many infertility clinics don’t accept female patients with high body mass indexes given their diminished chances of conceiving. However, Bessler said some of his patients become pregnant just months after they had dropped a few pounds.”
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.
God’s response to His people’s complaining about the food they left behind when they were delivered from slavery tells us a lot about God’s plan for man’s eating habits and how we should think about food itself.
First, notice that food is a gift from God. God says he “will rain bread from heaven” for the children of Israel. The word “rain” implies abundance or great quantity. In the typically dry and hot ancient near east, rain was a sign of great blessing. In the wilderness, the promise of these showers of blessings would have been good news.
We must see food as a gift from God. And simply because we feel as though we are not getting all the food we want, that does not mean there is lack in God’s storehouse. God has unlimited supplies of everything we need or want. On top of that, because food is a gift from God, we ought not to abuse it and use it for ill purposes. When we do so, we are falling into the trap of Satan who hates what God has created, and if he cannot counterfeit it, he will take it and twist it into something evil. With desire, he creates lust. With sex, he creates promiscuity and perversion. With wine and fermented drinks, he creates drunkenness. With passion, he creates murder and malice. And with food, he creates gluttony.
Food is God’s good gift. Let’s not keep allowing Satan to pervert it in our lives.
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 refraining from eating animal foods. He writes, “Cancer is very rare in areas of the world where people eat low-fat, plant-based diets. There is 120 times less incidence of prostate cancer, for example, in China compared to the United States. Migration studies have also shown that as people leave their low-fat, plant-based diets behind and adopt the ‘standard American diet and lifestyle,’ their risk of cancer increases with each year of residence in their new country.”
Now, let’s look at How to Do INTERMITTENT FASTING from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:
Intermittent fasting has been very popular for a short time and several different methods have been used. All of them involve splitting the day or week into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.” During the fasting periods, you eat either very little or nothing at all.
These are the most popular methods:
– The 16/8 Method: It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
– The Eat-Stop-Eat Method: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
– The 5:2 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days.
By making you eat fewer calories, all of these methods should make you lose weight as long as you don’t over compensate by eating much more during the eating periods. The 16/8 method is the most popular.
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.