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September 14, 2017 Bible Study — Following God’s Commands Because They Are God’s Commands

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Daniel 1-2.

    It is interesting that of the four young men mentioned in this passage we know three of them by their Babylonian names and one of them by his Hebrew name. I don’t think this fact is of any consequence, but I find it interesting. Anyway…young men from the leading houses of Jerusalem were being trained to be functionaries in the Babylonian Empire. They were to be provided food and wine from the king of Babylon’s own kitchens, theoretically, the best quality food available in Babylon. The reason that Daniel and his friends chose to eat only vegetables and drink only water was because those were the only food and drink which they could get from the King’s kitchens which they could be sure met Jewish dietary laws. The passage does not intend to convey that Daniel and his friends were healthier than the other young men because of their diet. Rather, the lesson it intends to convey was that they were healthier and better nourished because they were faithful. I can, in retrospect, compare what we know about the diets of Babylonian nobles with the diet chosen by Daniel and his friends and see why they were healthier. However, Daniel and his friends did not choose their diet because it was healthier. They chose it because it was they understood to be God’s command. They did not know that a kosher diet was healthier, and they did not care. The fact of the matter is that if we follow God’s rules concerning sexual behavior, how we treat others, etc we will be healthier, happier, smarter, and wiser than if we do not. We do not need to understand why doing the specific things God commands will have those results. More importantly, we should not follow those rules because we want to be healthier, happier, smarter, or wiser. We should follow those rules because we love God and wish to please Him.

September 14, 2016 Bible Study — Sin Is Unhealthy

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. Later this month it will be my wife’s and my 16th anniversary. To celebrate this event I have decided to wish my wife Happy Anniversary for 16 days.

Happy Anniversary, Alanna–Day 7
Thank you for being my wife.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Daniel 1-2.

    From time to time people read the first chapter of Daniel as promoting a diet of vegetables. Daniel and his friends did not ask for vegetables because they objected to eating meat. Unfortunately, the only meat that was available to them in their situation was not kosher. Vegetables were the only kosher food available to them. However, the point of this story is NOT about our diet. Daniel and his friends did not excel because of their diet (well, they did, but that’s not the point). They excelled because they were obedient to God (that is the point which the writer is making). Daniel and his friends did not eat a kosher diet because they expected to be healthier for doing so. They ate a kosher diet because they chose to be faithful to God. In other words, they were healthier than their fellows because they were faithful. We may not understand how being obedient to God will be good for us, but we can be sure that being disobedient will be bad for us.