TEXT: Exodus 16:3-5
3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
Joe McKeever said, “We think of gluttony, not as a spiritual issue, not as a sin against the Lord, but more as something that is not real smart, maybe unwise, a momentary indulgence that we will compensate for tomorrow. However, gluttony bears all the marks of a sin.”
According to the American Sleep Foundation, “Sleep and excess weight do not make good bedfellows. Nearly 80 percent of older, obese Americans report having problems with sleep. Poor sleep contributes to a host of diseases including diabetes, heart disease and, ironically, obesity itself. Numerous studies link short sleep to expanding waistlines, including the Harvard Nurses’ Study, which found that those who slumbered less than five hours a night were 15 percent more likely to gain weight than those who enjoyed at least seven hours of sleep.”
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.
From this passage, we are looking at how God’s response to His people’s complaining about food informs how we should think of our eating habits. As we have seen, we should first see food as a gift from God; as such, we should not abuse it by gluttony.
Second, we see that we should eat what is sufficient for us, and no more. God told Moses that when he sent manna from Heaven “the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day.” The people were not to hoard the manna or collect more than they should eat. Today, we would refer to this as eating according to “portion size.” Most of us eat until we are contentedly full which, in most cases, is far more than what we actually need. Refrigeration and food storage allows us to stock up on food to have it at hand in the near future. We take comfort in that, but the children of Israel could not.
God designed the manna to last for one day and no more. The people had to gather it every morning and they could not stock up on it. Moses told the people, “Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man.” The Jewish Study Bible states that an omer is the equivalent of 2.3 liters or 0.6 gallons; thus making, every man had about 0.2 gallons’ worth of manna per meal. The Bible notes, “The children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.”
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, next time, we will continue looking at what this passage tells us about God’s plan for man’s eating habits.
PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing why he recommends refraining from eating animal foods. He writes, “In America and worldwide, leukemia and lymphoma are much more common in populations consuming higher amounts of dairy and beef, particularly among dairy farmers, while people working in occupations associated with cattle have twice the risk of developing leukemia and lymphoma.”
Now, we are going to review once again How to Do INTERMITTENT FASTING from Healthline’s “Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide”:
Several different methods have been used for intermittent fasting. All of them involve splitting the day or week into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.” During the fasting periods, you eat either very little or nothing at all.
These are the most popular methods:
– The 16/8 Method: It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
– The Eat-Stop-Eat Method: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
– The 5:2 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days.
By making you eat fewer calories, all of these methods should make you lose weight as long as you don’t over compensate by eating much more during the eating periods. The 16/8 method is the most popular.