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The Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #57


TEXT: Judges 3:20-22

20 And Ehud came unto [Eglon, king of Moab]; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

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REGARDING INTERMITTENT FASTING:

James Clear, author of “The Quick Start Guide to Intermittent Fasting,” writes: “Many worry about having to skip breakfast while on an intermittent fasting regimen. But I don’t. Breakfast foods are my favorite, so I just eat them at 1pm each day. Also, if you eat a big dinner the night before, I think you’ll be surprised by how much energy you have in the morning. Most of the worries or concerns that people have about intermittent fasting are due to the fact that they have had it pounded into them by the food and health industries that they need to eat breakfast or they need to eat every three hours and so on. The science doesn’t support it and neither does personal experience.”

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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.

In this passage, the obesity of Eglon serves as a warning against the effects of evil, complacency, and laziness. Eglon, apparently, loved to feast, and the word used to describe him as “fat” is the word typically reserved for a “fatted calf” or other animal who was well-fed and well-taken care of before a major feast. (Of course, the children of Israel, also reserved the fatted calf for religious sacrifices.) The concept of deliberately fattening a certain animals for a certain feast day shows, again, just how serious people can be about eating.

One writer says, “Eglon’s obesity means that he is already as good as dead even before he grants the ambassador a private audience.” Eglon’s gluttony is even demonstrated in his behavior toward Ehud. In light of the fact that the tribute Ehud brought to Eglon would likely have contained a large amount of food grown by the Israelites, Nathan MacDonald, author of “Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament,” writes: “Taken in by Ehud’s ploy the dim-witted Eglon cuts a strikingly bovine pose, but the narrator is hardly finished making the king a figure of fun. His voracious appetite is not satisfied with the generous offering and he seizes keenly on Ehud’s secret message. We are not told what the king hoped would be the content of this message, but we may, perhaps, suppose he desired yet more food. That he is a man concerned primarily with his belly is suggested by his gruesome death. He is constituted by nothing more than fat and feces.”

Any child of God ought to be ashamed to have such a mentality and to engage in such behavior.

PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends not using any vegetable oils. He writes, “The current rage among some health authorities is olive oil. It’s ironic that our health authorities are advising an overweight nation to eat the most concentrated form of fat on the planet, which packs more calories, pound-for-pound, than butter. The basic reason (presumably) is that they are trying to move people away from margarine, although these same authorities were praising margarine just a few decades ago. Although olive oil is healthier than butter or margarine, that’s not saying much. It’s probably the worst way to get heart-healthy fats because there’s almost no nutritional bang for the calorie buck. In fact, olive and other oils are so nutritionally bankrupt that Joel Fuhrman, M.D., gives oils a score of 1 out of 100, just above refined sweets, which score a zero.”

Now, we are going to looking at some “Frequently Asked Questions About Intermittent Fasting” from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:

1. Can I drink liquids during the fast?

Yes. Water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages are fine. Do not add sugar to your coffee. Small amounts of milk or cream may be okay. Coffee can be particularly beneficial during a fast, because it can blunt hunger.