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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ezekiel Bread

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."

4 comments:

  1. VERY interesting post! I'm going to play devil's advocate here a bit though: if this is the sole food that God told Ezekiel to eat for 430 days straight with nothing else but a little water, then it probably is quite a healthy "recipe" that does make a complete protein. After all, God wanted his prophet to stay well so he could prophesy. I definitely agree with your point, though, and the 1 Tim. 4 passage is a favorite of mine.

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  2. To clarify, I didn't mean to say that I think that Ezekiel bread is unhealthy. In fact, it's probably the healthiest bread on the market. But in this passage it is meant to be a meager food. I do believe that if God calls you to do something (eat something) He gives you the grace to do it. It may be a complete protein, but what about the vital fat-soluble nutrients. Ezekiel could very well have used olive oil in this bread (most likely), or dipped it in olive oil. But I would lean more to saying that God supernaturally sustained him despite his meager diet those 430 days.

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  3. I agree with everything you said! Just had to bring out that point. Today I told the kids about Daniel and his friends' diet. God sustained them, too, and they actually flourished!

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  4. And I totally meant to bring up Daniel and his comrades in my last comment, but forgot. I think the problem is when people look at this Ezekiel passage or the Daniel passage and jump to a conclusion that that must be the best way to eat, when those two instances were not meant to detail a high-quality diet.

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