The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #43


TEXT: Numbers 11:10-13

10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.

11 And Moses said unto the Lord, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?

12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?

13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

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John Chrysostom wrote, “Your body is given to you so that you may nourish it, not so that it may burst. Your body is given you that you may rule it, not so that you may have it as a mistress. It is given that it may serve you for the nourishment of the other members, not so that you may serve it. Do not exceed these bounds.”

According to The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, “Heart disease kills about 600,000 people every year in the United States. The American Heart Association considers obesity a major risk factor for heart disease. Large studies show that the risk for heart disease increases with obesity. People with severe obesity are at a higher risk for coronary artery disease. This means they have a higher risk of a heart attack.”

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 discontent of the children of Israel, and their desire for meat got so bad that they were openly weeping at the entrances to their tents. “Throughout their families” they were weeping, and so was “every man.” We don’t have to imagine Moses’ reaction to this situation. The Bible says he was “displeased.” Nor do we have to imagine God’s reaction because the text says his “anger” was “greatly kindled.”

Why was God angry with His people? He was angry because they had rejected a good gift that He had given to them. Imagine if you went every day to people living in the desert and delivered water for them to drink. But one day, several months later, you go and find them upset, angry, and furious because they are sick and tired of water and are demanding soda and milkshakes. You would be upset at their ingratitude as well. That is how God feels when we are not content with His provisions for us, when we do not recognize and appreciate the miraculous nature of His supplies.

God was also angry because, by their discontent, the people were basically saying that they knew better than God what was good for them. They were rejecting God’s leadership. You might ask, “Well, what’s the big deal? How could such a banal thing become such a big problem when God could have just given them what they wanted to eat?” Some might think of food and diet as a “small thing.” But God cares even about this in our lives and He desires to lead us in this area as well, and He gets angry when we don’t submit to His leadership.

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, “Vegetable oils constitute a whopping 11 percent of the calories Americans consume. Putting two tablespoons of oil in your salad has the fat equivalent of two scoops of ice cream. From a weight loss perspective, eliminating vegetable oils is a very easy – and healthy – way to cut calories.”

Now, we are going to look at how “Intermittent Fasting Makes Your Healthy Lifestyle Simpler” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:

Eating healthy is simple, but it can be incredibly hard to stick to. One of the main obstacles is all the work required to plan for and cook healthy meals. If you do intermittent fasting, this gets easier because you don’t need to plan, cook or clean up after as many meals as before. Intermittent fasting is actually very popular among the “life hacking” crowd because it improves your health while simplifying your life at the same time.