Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 15 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 3: “What Did Jesus Eat?”)

By admin On January 27th, 2018

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 15

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What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 3: “What Did Jesus Eat?”

To read part 1, go here…What’s An Aristaphagist!?

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“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,

and thy princes eat in the morning!

Blessed art thou, O land,

when thy King is the Son of Nobles,

and thy princes eat in due season,

for strength, and not for drunkenness!”

Ecclesiastes 10:16, 17  

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One of the chief criticisms of Ellen G. White has been regarding her teachings on vegetarianism.

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Christians are quick to point out that the New Testament never commands nor even suggests that we are to abstain from meat-eating.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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BIBLE HAS TEMPERANCE MESSAGE

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But the Bible does command us thus…“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! Blessed art thou, O land, when thy King is the Son of Nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!” Ecclesiastes 10:16, 17

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Here is a call for temperance in diet. One group of princes “feast in the morning”, while another group eat “in due season, for strength”.

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While this above passage has great spiritual importance, the physical earthly interpretation cannot be overlooked. After all, to “eat in due season, for strength and not for drunkenness” is the very essence of a healthy diet!

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THE ORIGINAL DIET: FRUIT & HERBS

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COCTEL_DE_FRUTAS.jpg

And so, Ellen White’s counsels on good health practices were very much in harmony with Scripture. And while the New Testament does not command vegetarianism, the Book of Genesis does reveal that vegetarianism was the original and everlasting diet which God gave to Mankind.

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And so, for this reason, Ellen White felt very strongly that vegetarianism was one of the fundamental elements of a healthful lifestyle.

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Fruit Cocktail – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JESUS, THE WAY, TRUTH & LIFE

http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_65895/Edward-Armitage/Christ-Calling-the-Apostles-James-and-John--1869

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Now having said all this, it must not be overlooked that God has given us a great role-model for all matters of life: Jesus Christ.

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And Jesus proclaims of Himself…“I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6

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Yes, we are commanded to follow Jesus. He is “the Way!” And He is “the Life!”

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Jesus calls His disciples – Wikigallery.org –

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JESUS: A LIFE OF HEALTH

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABrooklyn_Museum_-_Jesus_Discourses_with_His_Disciples_(J%C3%A9sus_s'entretient_avec_ses_disciples)_-_James_Tissot.jpg

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And the closer we examine His lifestyle, it appears that Jesus was extremely healthy. After all, his earlier life as a physical laborer (a carpenter), plus the countless miles he traveled on foot during His years of earthly ministry both indicate that Jesus was a very strong and healthy individual (and don’t forget that He spent his last years living totally outdoors on a 24/7 basis).

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And yet, as we examine the very basic lifestyle of Jesus in the four Gospels, we see that Jesus ate fish. So obviously Jesus’ meat-eating didn’t seem to hamper His health in the least little bit!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“COME AND FOLLOW ME!”

Matthew 19:21

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And so, while vegetarianism may indeed be one of the key fundamental ingredients to God’s original plan, we need never be afraid of imitating the lifestyle of Jesus: His active lifestyle of fasting, outdoor exercise combined with a simple diet of fish, fruit, whole-grain bread, water, etc., worked well for our divine Role-Model. And we would probably do well to also imitate Jesus in this area of our life, which would no doubt result in our greater degree of health.

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And truth-be-told, Ellen White would no doubt agree with these things. As a matter of fact, she freely acknowledged that she also ate fish at various times in her long life.

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Jesus Teaching His Disciples – Luke 4:31-32

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THE MINISTRY OF HEALING: FLESH FOODS

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Nevertheless, by scrolling down this page the Reader can listen to the reasons she advocated vegetarianism from this 10 minute audio reading of her chapter on meat-eating from her book, Ministry of Healing.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE…June 25 (What’s An Aristaphagist? Part 4 “How To Cure Fibromyalgia”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me eat for strength both in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual sense. Let me always have Jesus before my eyes as I follow Him by faith, imitating whatever I see Him doing…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… June 30 (The Sign Of The Son Of Man In Heaven, Part 2: “Jesus: The True Way Out of Babylon”)

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE WINTER CONSTELLATIONS

Signs Of Heaven - Winter Constellations

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman….and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon….And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon….And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness….And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 21:1-3, 14, 15

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This Woman of Revelation 12 is definitely fleeing to the mountains . As you can see in this sketch , The Dragon of Revelation 12 is spewing out his water of falsehoods: false gospels, false ideologies, various temptations, false brethren who will embrace her with the poisonous wine of the The Great Harlot of Babylon. These are what comprise this wave of water coming forth from the Dragon’s mouth. (see “Flood Waters of Satan”)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 3, Sensual Music)”

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TOMORROW:

Daily Devotional, Year 4 – June 16 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 30: “Fanatics in the Church”)

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpgMINISTRY OF HEALING, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a sampler of the audio book about the practical aspects of everyday living, such as diet and child rearing…

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Chapter 24 – “Flesh as Food”

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Christ and the blind Pauper – Mironov – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This recording #216, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 

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