Food For Thought by Bro. George Faust

Some people may call this the electronic age, but I see it more as the age of fads, especially concerning foods. People are talking more about foods and diet than ever before. The cooking shows seem to be endless from gourmet to ethnic, from soup to nuts as it were. In contrast, there are as many weight watcher shows touting their versions of healthy eating: dont worry about fat, a little is good for you. No red meat, vegetarian, organic or non-organic and on and on. Add to that the proliferation of health food stores touting the use of their products versus traditional medicine and we see all this is aimed at self.

But what say the scripture?

Well, under the Mosaic code there were foods which God blessed and those which He cursed, and in that day it was necessary to follow that code. However, in Peter's day, the code became obsolete. Remember what Peter was told as recorded in Acts 10:15 "What God has cleansed, that call thou common". This applied to both people and foods and we no longer observe the Mosaic food laws but accept whatever God provides. The obsession with food is foolishness, good common sense should guide our eating habits. In the gospel of John 6:27 we read "Labor not for meat which perishes, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you". And what might that be? Would it be a natural food or a spiritual food? Well, coming from Christ, it must be spiritual. Col. 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth". Spiritual rather than natural. The spirit is enduring, the natural passes away. Paul writes to the Corintians 6:13 "Meats for the belly and the belly for meat; but God shall destroy it and them". What then is enduring? John 6:53-58 Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drinketh his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me even he shall love me. This is the bread which came down from heaven; not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead; he that eateth of this bread shall live forever".

This is something we do every first day of the week to strengthen our spiritual body, but as for our natural body, it still remains that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught - Matt. 15:17 So we ask - What sustained Jesus? Our thoughts turn to the story of the women at the well. When his disciples asked him to eat, he said, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of". He then told them "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work". (John 4:32-34) We see then along with the breaking of bread at the Memorial service, our meat should be to do the will of God. If this is what we do to sustain ourselves spiritually, then when Christ returns we may receive the blessing promised in Rev. 2:7 "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God".

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