Dining with Rulers

14 Aug

king“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.” (Proverbs 23:1-2 NKJV)

Most of what we eat and with which we fill our tables when we feed others is the food of the kings and queens throughout history — lots of meats and cheeses, and lots of rich, refined foods. It’s like going to someone’s house or… gathering, and discovering they’re serving beer or wine. Is that evil? According to Scriptures, no. But if you are “a man given to appetite” for too much alcohol, you should “put a knife to your throat” so to speak.

Many churches teach and preach that consumption of alcohol is evil, and that if you’re given to alcoholism, but you never drink, you’ll never become an alcoholic. While that reasoning has merit, what about the food of rulers that fills our cupboards and refrigerators, and dominates our social gatherings? Then we pray for our brothers and sisters who are fat and sick from eating and drinking every day and night from a ruler’s table. And if the truth be told, we all are raised to be “men (and women) of great appetite,” partially because we’re eating foods that make us fat and/or sick, while not meeting our nutritional needs.

“Do not be among heavy drinkers of wine, or among excessive eaters of meat” (Proverbs 23:20 KMV). That word translated “meat” is literally “(animal) flesh.” Drinking too much alcohol is listed side by side with eating too much meat. And “too much” and “excessive” are relative terms. It’s possible to drink too much water (although difficult to do), but is too much water the same quantity as too much wine?

Historically, the “non ruler” would eat meat from time to time, but not for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and meat was given by God for us to eat after the earth’s climate was drastically altered by the flood, and was given as food to replace the lack thereof. We don’t need it for nutrients (even many meat eaters are B-12 deficient, and B-12 supplements are very inexpensive and easy to obtain), and in the quantities we eat it today, it’s killing us.

Just some food for thought.

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