attend [ uh–tend ]
to be present at: to attend a lecture; to attend church. To go with as a concomitant or result; accompany: Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work. To take care of; minister to; devote one’s services to: The nurse attended the patient daily. To take care or charge: to attend to a sick person. To apply oneself: to attend to one’s work. To pay attention; listen or watch attentively; direct one’s thought; pay heed: to attend to a speaker.
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15
Food is medicine
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30
Moving from Milk to Meat…
Our life is a gift. All that supports this life is a Gift, and it would do us well to consider treating our Gifts with some level of gratitude and stewardship, wouldn’t you agree?
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. Proverbs 12:10-11
We’ve all heard the cliché, “You are what you eat.” Well, this may be an overused term, but it’s true. A better statement would be, “You are what you consume”. This means anything you watch, listen to, put into or put onto your body.
Most of us can agree that television and mainstream media is set up to program the minds of it’s viewers. There is an agenda. But, please consider that for all the aforementioned. Why wouldn’t our entertainment, clothing trends and food be “engineered” according to an agenda?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
What we let into our lives and our bodies is relevant.
Likewise, if our rigorous watch dogging of what we interact with causes us to elevate ourselves above others, or worse; cease from ministering to and loving others, we need to seriously check ourselves.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
You see, Jesus didn’t contend with the Pharisees for teaching others to keep the Law, as Jesus Himself kept the Law. He contended with the Pharisees for being hypocrites. They were guilty of NOT keeping ALL of the Law (nobody can); and moreover, NOT LOVING OTHERS and NOT HAVING MERCY UPON OTHERS. They created extra man-made laws and traditions that God did not command in order to maintain power over others.
“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
I believe God’s Word. ALL OF IT. If my Father in Heaven wanted me to only read the New Testament, He wouldn’t have given me a complete Holy Bible to glean from. Within the entire Bible, I find instruction. I find answers. I find direction. I find Jesus. And the “controversial” subject of food is no exception.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” Leviticus 17:11.
The digestive process is basically a bunch of chemicals reacting with each other. The chemicals (ingredients) in our food react with the chemistry of our bodies. Ultimately, what we eat enters into and reacts with our bloodstream. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s science nonetheless.
So, it’s logical to deduce that since the life of flesh is in the blood, shouldn’t we be just a little concerned with what alters it’s chemistry?
Far too often, believers in Christ Jesus bicker and bitterly contend with each other over whether certain foods should or shouldn’t be eaten. Sure, in light of The Gospel, discussions concerning food; or anything else for that matter, are superfluous. However, when I witness Godly teachers exhorting against sound Biblical doctrine, alarms go off.
Before I was Born Again, I spent many years studying exercise, nutrition and natural health. After I was Born Again, I was stunned to find how scientifically RELEVANT and ACCURATE the Bible is concerning food. (And many other things).
I’m simply in AWE of Our Father, His Creation and His Provision.
The guidelines for healthy living, as stated in the Bible, shouldn’t be a point of sharp contention for folks, but it is nonetheless. It’s helpful to realize that every person who is in Christ, comes from a uniquely different background than anyone else and is at a different place in their walk than everyone else.
It hurts my heart to hear pastors, preachers and teachers in the Faith slam, demean and insult other believers for seeking a deeper relationship with The Father through observing that which Jesus Himself observed; things such as Biblically clean foods, the Sabbath, and the separation from pagan-based, human-created holidays.
Seriously. I’ve heard God fearing men of Faith literally puff their chests out in angry pride and arrogance while they recite scripture that defends their “right” to eat pork. Acts 10:15 and Romans 14:14 are two scriptures frequently used.
Food should NOT be a point of division for brethren. I don’t condemn anyone for rejecting the Old Testament Laws; we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Nor do I think that observing these Laws makes a person better than others, nor does it save a man’s soul.
ONLY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH SAVES SOULS.
However, the more I read and seek to learn and meditate upon God’s Word, the more attentive I become to ALL of God’s Word. This is not boasting. All of this is ONLY BECAUSE OF HIS GRACE AND MERCY; ANY OF WHICH I DON’T DESERVE. The more Grace I witness, the more gratitude and reverence I desire to give Him. My love and awe for Him increases. But, it’s not about my love, it’s about His Love. Therefore, I desire to observe that which His Word commands me to observe.
Yes, this means that I refrain from eating (as much as possible), that which He deems unclean. This doesn’t *POOF* turn me into a Jew; nor does it place me on the waiting list for the best condos in His Kingdom.
He saved me from eternal damnation. He made me His Child. He allowed me to learn from His Word. I don’t deserve anything from Him, but judgement. I’m grateful to my Father and therefore desire to serve my MASTER.
Although we all far short from the perfection of God; those who’ve lived a more obedient life, and haven’t been pulled by their neckskins from hell; may have difficulty relating to this, and that’s okay. We all have a purpose and can serve others in different ways.
However, what befuddles me is this: Why aren’t we as Believers more curious as to why God deems certain foods unclean? If He is the omniscient Creator of all, why are we so indifferent to His Word concerning these seemingly mundane things?
When Jesus said that loving God with all my mind, heart and soul was the first and greatest commandment, I felt it was important enough to investigate the meaning of this. Meditate upon it. He said that all the law and prophets hang upon loving Him first.
If there is a scripture to study and meditate upon concerning what He wants…this is a good one, don’t you think?