I’ve been making a small study of Biblical eating. In Ezekiel chapter 4, God warns Jerusalem of the coming siege. Here is one of the examples the prophet is to use:
“Next I want you to take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, dried millet and spelt, and mix them in a bowl to make flat bread. This is your food ration for the 390 days you lie on your side. Measure out about half a pound for each day and eat it on schedule. Also measure out your daily ration of about a pint of water and drink it on schedule. Eat the bread as you would a muffin. Bake the muffins out in the open where everyone can see you, using dried human dung for fuel.”(Ezekiel 4:9-12, MSG)
This bread is siege food, that is, the only food they would be able to get after the attack began.
Then he said to me, “Son of man, I’m going to cut off all food from Jerusalem. The people will live on starvation rations, worrying where the next meal’s coming from, scrounging for the next drink of water; famine conditions. People will look at one another, see nothing but skin and bones, and shake their heads. This is what sin does.” (Ezekiel 4:16-17, MSG)
Today, many of us choose to live on siege foods, in siege ways that are long past, when God offers so much more.
Prayer – Lord God, help us use both the brains and the common sense you gave us. Amen