Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 31: Cleanliness)
Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?
Mark 7:18-19 (NKJV)
If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience... If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:27,30-31 (NIV)
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NKJV)
To 'sanctify' means 'to purify or free from sin' (Random House Dictionary). To cleanse your food physically, you wash it with water.* To cleanse your food spiritually, you wash it with thanksgiving and prayer. Jesus proves that God can transform our food:
'The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine' (John 2:9).
'And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples' (John 6:11)--feeding 5000 men, plus women and children.
The Old Testament gave rules to bind us from unclean foods. The New Testament gave Jesus to free us from sin, bondage, and death. God makes the association of physical and spiritual nourishment clear through the words of His Son:
'And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My Body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me' ' (Luke 22:19).
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
Concerning earth's pandemic of food contamination (junk food, fast food, or even real food imbedded or coated with chemicals): God hates it, but He promises to cleanse it for His children who thank Him for their food with true hearts. 'To the pure all things are pure' (Titus 1:15).
Nevertheless and all the more, He commands us to love everyone. Our words and example in eating can help non-believers who do not know to thank God--and grow sick from the consumption of bad foods.
Setting a good example can also help believers. Obviously, God allows many of them to suffer the physical consequences of wrongful eating. They neither discipline their bodies nor honor them as God prescribes:
'Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own?' (1 Corinthians 6:19).
To Be Continued...
*A 10% vinegar wash is a good fruit and vegetable cleaner: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/20/vinegar-as-non-toxic-cleaner.aspx?e_cid=2ndBestOfNL_art_2
Note: An interesting article which says asking God to bless our food is not biblical: http://www.egrc.net/articles/other/BlessGod_G.Alley.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.