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May 13, 2012 in Chapters

Wisdom from the Scriptures Pertaining to Food and Drink

Proverbs 4:7:
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

There is a lot of conflicting information available today about what is good and/or bad for you in terms of food, but only God knows what is best for each individual person.  False information is usually touted the loudest because of self-interest and greed on the part of the seller.  Hosea 4:6a says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….”  A little accurate knowledge applied in this area can go a long way in terms of health and quality of life.

Ecclesiastes 7:12:
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Wisdom is knowledge applied.  The Scripture says wisdom gives life to them that have it.  Jesus Christ gave his body for our healing as it says in 1 Peter 2:24, “by whose stripes ye were healed.”  God gave us His Word by which we get the wisdom to maintain that health and manifest it physically for life.  As born again ones, we have the extra privilege of direct access to God, the source of all true wisdom.  When we walk with God, if we need additional information, all we have to do is ask and believe to get the word of knowledge and a word of wisdom to know the right thing to do in every situation.  When we apply that information it will meet our need.  Proverbs 9:11 says, “For by me (wisdom) thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.”  When wisdom is personified in the Scripture, she calls to the simple “Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mingled.”

Proverbs 9:1-6:
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.  She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.  Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Interestingly, the foolish woman does the same, calling:

Proverbs 9:16-18:
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Both women are doing the same thing but in different ways.  Allegorically, they are serving food, but different kinds.  There is a right way to do things and a wrong way; a best way to do things and a poor way to do things.  This allegory applies to many areas of life.  Wisdom is always extolled in the Scriptures as a gift of God.  Knowledge of the subject of nutrition does not negate the availability or need for supernatural healing from God.  Divine healing can be available regardless of one’s knowledge of the subject of nutrition.

Sometimes, though, healing is obtained through the means of God blessing one’s food.

Exodus 23:25:
And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

This is just an excerpt from "Food in the Bible."  For the full chapter, you may download the book here.