Archive for April 20th, 2015


We are currently studying in our Bible Class at the mission The Lord’s Prayer and this Sunday past we finished contemplating the 4th Petition, “Give us this day our daily bread”. We are using an excellent study by Pastor and Professor John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN.  One of the questions is, How are we to receive our daily bread?.  After the question are several Scripture passages to direct our thoughts according to God’s Word, and one of the passages that piqued my interest is, 1 Timothy 4: 1-5:

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer (emphasis my own).

It is the reference in the text to “abstinence from foods” that caught my eye.  Recently,  I have come across the word, “orthorexia”,which literally means “right eating”, even to the point of righteous eating.  I read an on-line article about eating as a new religion. We no longer eat to live, but live to eat.  And when we do eat to live it is with the eye that by eating the ‘right’ foods, we extend our lives on earth a long time.  This eating of right foods was satirized in Woody Allen’s movie “Sleeper” in which Miles (Woody Allen) who worked in a health food store in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, is cryogenically frozen and thawed a hundred years or so in the future:

First, Allen in 1973, the date of “Sleeper” was almost prophetic in  that “studies have shown” changes with rapidity and everyone goes gaga over what we should eat or abstain from eating.  

Second, we all know someone who is vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free and many pursuing such with a religious devotion.  We have whole TV networks dedicated to food and the cooking and consumption thereof.  We can watch fellow citizens devouring a tuna steak and swooning over it in religious ecstasy.  Nowadays eating a Big Mac is akin to mortal sin while committing various adulteries is touted as ‘freedom’.  Our appetites are also reflected in breaking the 6th Commandment, You shall not commit adultery. If we think the right food is our hope, and we love food and right eating is what we believe, it is clear:  food is our idol, a false god. “This food is to die for”.  Maybe our country, our neighbors, the truth but not a steak.

The other Scripture passages under the question, “How we are to receive our daily bread?” are:

St. Matthew 6: 33-34

1 Timothy 6: 6-8

Proverbs 30: 7-9

Psalm 145: 15-16

II Thessalonians 3: 10-12

St. Luke 12:  15-21

It becomes clear we are to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving and the Lord gives us what we need not want.  In false worship of say food, there is no contentment, but always the lust for more or the right stuff.  In the Lord, we can receive our daily bread, “…For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving”.  Orthorexia is another stratagem of the devil to “sear consciences” and cauterize them against the Lord who gives us what we need day by day.  He even gives us Himself at His Table! The next petition in the Lord’s Prayer is “Forgive us our trespasses…”, as we sin with our gluttony.  He gives us what we need on our tables so we give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy lasts forever.

The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145)


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