#5 Eating with too much eagerness.
Yesterday was a holiday and very very often our holidays mean food and lots of it. And as a woman when I know my family are coming, I start planning. What will we eat?
I put a lot of thought into it, plan it out, try to include at least one favorite per person. It will be a feast.
I think about it. I dream about it. I get excited. And the time comes and we gobble.
And just like that, the food part is done. Well, except for the cleaning up and putting away.
We anticipate eating. We enjoy the family. And the occasion, whatever it is, well yeah, there's that too. But when the occasion is over, when the family goes, we get out the food and we eat again.
Is it just us, is it just me? Does anyone else get excited thinking about food?
I know that Esau did. Remember him from the Bible? Jacob's twin brother, the one that came out first, the one that would by tradition receive the inheritance.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:34 ESV)
#6 Wanting rich, fattening foods
When serving 2 pieces of anything do you choose for yourself the better looking of the two? Or perhaps the bigger of the two?
When my kids were small I would let one of them cut the food into two, but the other one got to pick which one they wanted first. It was always fun to watch the exacting science of the one doing the cutting and the one choosing the slice would look at it from all angles before choosing.
Fancy restaurants charge extreme prices for rich, fattening foods. And people pay the prices.
When is the last time you craved a bowl of peas? Yeah, me neither.
What is it that makes a banana split so tantalizing? It isn't just one ingredient, it's all of them together that make it oh so good.
I recently saw a post that said, If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry. Well, there are many times I am so hungry, but not for and apple. There are times when I can't decide if I want a candy bar or chips, so I buy and eat both. I'm not proud of that.
Eli, the biblical priest of Samuel's day had two sons that also were priests.
When people would bring in there meat sacrifices instead of taking the portion that was set aside to be the priests they would demand and take the best portions of the sacrifice. God was so displeased with their greed that He caused them to die.
Why then do you scorn my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded for my dwelling, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?’ (1 Samuel 2:29 ESV)
Is God any less with my greed when it comes to food?
No. Eating rich fattening foods all the time is greed. It is unhealthy. And it's sin for me.
Food is not to be craved in such a way. I have pointed out to you six ways that food is a sin to me.
I no longer want to be a slave to my food cravings. I hate the thoughts of these verses describing me, For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (Philippians 3:18-19 ESV)
Just as Jesus breaks the chains of any sin, he can and will set me free from my bondage.
I have repented. I am making and keeping food plans. So far I am keeping myself accountable.
Food can be enjoyable as in this example: