But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols.
And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.'
Balak, king of the Moabites, feared the Israelites. He asked an evil prophet named Balaam to curse them. But God forbade Balaam's curse. Therefore, Balaam devised an indirect way of harming God's children. He seduced them into immorality--including the eating of foods sacrificed to idols.
If rich and cunning food producers idolize money, then their chemically altered incredible-edibles are 'foods sacrificed to idols.' Picture the bread of life laid down on a pagan altar where atrocities are committed.
What atrocities? Consider this process:
Cover young grains with chemicals--to kill bugs and speed growth. But flavor is lost. Send the tainted harvest to a plant where it is crushed and bleached. Form is lost. Inject more chemicals to recreate taste, texture, and color--to prolong shelf life and enlarge profits. Throw in genetically modified oil and sugar. Glue on some spices, and there you have it: dead bread.
Fundamentally, we ravage the bread of life and try to raise it up again in a new package.
But don't we know that only Jesus can raise the dead?
In addition--and inarguably according to scripture--eating is sacred to God. It is communion with Him. Eating is not our God-given right. It's a God-given gift that deserves awareness and appreciation. Receiving our daily bread is both physical and spiritual.
Bottom line physically: If we don't bake our own bread, we should read the ingredients, avoid chemicals, keep it simple, and buy whole grains.
Bottom line spiritually: If we eat foods sacrificed to idols, we have a price to pay. The price is God's displeasure.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.