FOOD, DRINK & CLOTHES
FOOD, DRINK & CLOTHES
But that is why God hates our churches. They drag us down to the level of man and we sit around looking no higher than ourselves or the one next to us. What does the Bible say about all this “country clubbing”? “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise… For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:12, 18.
But you say, doesn’t the Bible teach us not to wear jewelry? If you have to ask that question, then you don’t know. And that is the problem. Most people know nothing about the Bible. They have only listened to and parrot what they have been told by others who don’t know their Bibles. So let’s take a look at this jewelry business.
Let’s take a closer look at this text. First of all Peter does not say, “Don’t wear gold jewelry and fine clothes”. He says, Don’t let YOUR BEAUTY come from gold jewelry and fine clothes. That is a big difference.
In the Old Testament you will find where everyone wore jewelry. The book of Judges tells of Gideon, a man of God, who, after defeating the Midianites, asked, “that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder. (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites to wear gold earrings.)” Judges 8:24. In Exodus the Lord told Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for Me and from each man whose heart prompts him to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows…”. Ex. 25:1-6.
These items were not stashed in a bank. They were used in their every day living and wearing. Fine linen was used for their clothes and bed sheets. Gold and silver were used for bracelets and rings, etc. God had and has no problem with us wearing any of this. So what is the problem? Pride!!!
Paul says, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” 1 Timothy 2:9.
Psalms 49:20 states, “A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.” God is not against riches. He does have a problem with our working for “food, drink & clothes” to the detriment of our salvation.
Proverb 23:4, 5 states, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Does that sound like most of us who ended up in prison? Maybe we should start listening to God.
Going back to Peter we find that our beauty is to come from the inside. If you want to wear jewelry, go ahead, but don’t let it be your beauty. If you are looking into the eyes of Jesus, you will fall in love with His character of love and you will want His beauty to shine out of you. Now though, that is where our eternal salvation comes in. And again, that is why we cannot judge others by outward appearances. I can judge by the Ten Commandments, but I cannot judge by dress, food and drink. You will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ one day. You will have to answer to Him for what you have and what you do with it. Me, I just have to love you!
Genesis 1:29, 30 says, “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. And it was so.”
An all vegetarian life-style right from the beginning. Why? Because God knew that it was the healthiest. He wanted us to live forever so we could have a very long and happy relationship with Him. He would be very sad if we ended it too soon. Yet that is just what we are doing, going through life quickly and miserably and ending too soon what could have been a long and wonderful relationship with God and His creation. Slow down and live longer!
So, not only am I a vegetarian, but I don’t drink alcoholic beverages, use drugs or tobacco in any form. I stay away from coffee and tea and live a wonderful, healthy life without any of those things burdening me. Even at 70, the doctors say I have the health of a 40 year old. Even today, I workout and jog.
He also noted that I didn’t eat any of the meat served in the cafeteria. (I could see where this conversation was going.) He wanted my meat. He was looking for a way to trade whatever he had for all my meat. But after explaining to him why, he was impressed. He decided to cut back on all meat except fish and see what would happen.
Here is an interesting note. In “The Story of Civilization III” by Will Durant, page 34, he states, “The Roman army conquered the world on a vegetarian diet,...”. Garbage in, garbage out. Fill your bodies with the nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables that God created for us to eat, and you will find your bodies and minds becoming healthier and happier.
The food restrictions of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy were for a very specific purpose. Not for their eternal salvation, per se, but for their physical health and happiness. But it was phrased in a spiritual context because that is what the people understood. They would never have understood cholesterol count, blood pressure and heart rate. But by obeying what God told them, they were the healthiest people on the face of the earth. You can be too.
What you will find, in deep search of the Word of God, is that God made “wine”, the pure grape drink fresh from the vine, for our enjoyment. That is what He made at Cana when He turned the water into “wine”. The Bible is full of wonderful sayings about the pure “wine”. (Medically, pure grape juice is healing.)
On the other hand, the Bible also has a lot to say about the alcoholic “wine” which causes drunkenness and problems. The Bible is full of bad sayings about that kind of “wine” and drinking. The following texts will help you in understanding the differences. Keep in mind, God created us to be in full control of our faculties and minds. We are never to give up the control of our minds and bodies. That is what leads to sin. The Bible is all about self-control. You can’t have self-control if you are drunk.
Even Jesus, when offered a mixture of wine to ease His pain on the cross refused to accept it. He would not allow anything to reduce His ability to communicate with His Father. Should not we follow His example of self-control in all that we eat, drink and wear?
One last quick note: Only vegetarians will be in heaven. Boy, I bet that just woke you up. Now before you get all high and mighty, I know you are saying, “wait a minute, Jesus ate fish and He is in heaven.” You are correct. But remember, I didn’t say only those who are vegetarians on earth would be in heaven. I said, only vegetarians will be in heaven. You see, in order to eat meat an animal has to die. Since there is no death in heaven, no meat will be eaten. (Remember, death comes from sin.) Therefore, all those in heaven will be vegetarians.