September 9, 2011 § 4 Comments
I was reading Ezekiel this morning, chapter 4. Verse 9 is what the Food For Life company bases their Ezekiel Bread products on. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I am under the understanding that they claim these grains, combined and sprouted, become a complete protein and therefore are extremely healthy. The grains listed in my New King James Version are wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt.
But what I find interesting is that the context of the passage is that Ezekiel is symbolizing siege, judgment, famine, and drought. He was told to build a model of Jerusalem under siege. He was told to lie on his side for 430 days, which must have been torturous. He was told he could only eat bread made from the above listed ingredients, and drink very little water.
How does someone come across this passage and say, “Oh, since this is in the Bible, it must be healthy. Let’s recreate it!”? Only someone that has a preconceived notion that vegetarianism is best.
Food like this in the Bible was considered poor. Meat and fat were for the rich. Ezekiel is telling the people, by eating this food, that there isn’t going to be much to eat, and that came true. People were so bad off, they resorted to cannibalism.
We need to be discerning, in these times, as to what is truly healthy, and as to what the Bible is really saying. Don’t lift one verse out of context. Take in the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), to avoid error. Remember I Timothy 4:1-5, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 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.”