The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #42



TEXT: Numbers 11:4-6

4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

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Sarah Christmyer wrote, “Maybe it’s easier to see gluttony as evil when there’s not enough to go around. But feasting has become an American pastime, only matched by our obsession with dieting – and where would one be without the other? Abundance has become less a cause for thanksgiving as a challenge to consume as much as possible.”

According to ABC News, “Wider waistbands seem to widen the pay gap. One George Washington University School of Public Health study found a strong connection between greater obesity and shrinking wages. Examining data from the 2004 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the researchers discovered that wages among the obese were $8,600 less for females and $4,772 lower for males compared with their thinner counterparts.”

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 mixed multitude stirred the waters of discontent among the children of Israel and they all began expressing that they were tired of the manna that God had been giving them and wanted some meat to eat. This passage gives more insight on the nature of the manna with these words: “The manna was as coriander seed [the seed from which comes cilantro and parsley], and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium [a fragrant, transparent precious stone]. And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.”

We see here that the children of Israel had learned to make do with the manna. It may not have been what they wanted or what they had gotten used to in Egypt. But it was all they needed. They had learned to make different types of foods out of manna.

But, like us, they were not content with their needs being supplied. They desired something more, something different. They were not content. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that much of our gluttony stems from a lack of contentment. We are not content with our portion size and we want seconds. We are not content with the foods we have on hand and we want something different. We are not content with breakfast, lunch, and dinner — we want snacks in between and a late night dessert.

If we are going to conquer the sin of gluttony, we must also conquer the sin of discontentment — a sin which, as we will soon see from God’s response to the children of Israel is not taken lightly.

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 begins sharing his third rule for a healthy lifestyle which is “no vegetable oils.” He writes, “Strictly speaking, vegetable oils are part of the Refined Foods group because they contain no fiber, they’re devoid of nutrients and they’re 100 percent fat. Although I say vegetable oils, because these are what are mostly consumed, I mean any oils (e.g., nut oils, coconut oil, etc.).”

Now, we are going to continue looking at the “Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting ” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:

– Heart health: Intermittent fasting may reduce LDL cholesterol, blood tri-gly-cer-ides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance. These are all risk factors for heart disease.

– Cancer: Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer.

– Brain health: Intermittent fasting increases a brain hormone called BDNF, and may aid the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease .

– Anti-aging: Intermittent fasting can extend lifespan in rats. Studies showed that fasted rats live as much as 36-83% longer .

Keep in mind that the research is still in its early stages. Many of the studies were small, short in duration or conducted in animals. Many questions have yet to be answered in higher quality human studies.