In Proverbs 23:2, we read “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.”
The Bible tell us that the human body is sacred and has been created for a holy purpose “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). The body is to be taken care of, preserved and maintained according to the rules of health. Sadly, many people follow their appetites in matters of eating and drinking. Human beings are to exercise a measure of self-control and self-denial when it comes to the indulgence of the appetite.
Jesus referred to this same evil when He spoke of the antediluvian world “As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the coming of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they were given in marriage” (Luke 17:26, 27). Jesus was talking about the perversion of them and how the eating and drinking had been turned into an occasion of sin and gluttony. People lived to eat not ate to live.
It was the indulgence of appetite which introduced sin into the human family in the garden of Eden. By giving way on this point of physical indulgence and appetite, Adam and Eve fell. When Jesus came to rescue the world, He overcame on this same point of appetite. Jesus, the second Adam, came and won the victory that had been lost because of the failure of the first Adam. Jesus fasted 40 days to win the battle over appetite. He is our example.
In His service,
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