by Gertrude Battle (Used by permission)
- l. God's Desire for His People
- A.What is God's desire for His people?
3 John 2
- There is no virtue in being either poor or ill in health,. God
wants His people to prosper in their business and labor and to stay well
- II.The Human Body-The Temple of the Holy Spirit
- A.What is the human body called?
1 Cor. 6:19-20
- It is called the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are not to defile or
See Ps. 139:14-18 ;
Eccl. 7:16, 17 ;
1 Cor. 9:24-27
- B.What makes the body a sacred temple?
John 14:16, 17 ,
- When one accepts the Lord Jesus as his Savior, the godhead dwells
within him--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- III. God's People-A Very Special People
- A. What does God want His people to be?
Deut: 7:6, 7 ;
1 Peter 2:9 margin
--a purchased people
- A peculiar people in that they are obedient to Him. They may not be
more in number, but they must be separate from the world.
- B.What was God's original diet for man?
- Fruit, grains, and nuts. After man sinned, the green herbs were
added, or vegetables. Since man is made of the dust of the ground and
all the elements in the human body are in the soil, the
only way the body can be replenished is through the soil. No matter
what you feed an animal, the only nourishment you can get from eating it
is from what it has eaten. The original diet has
always and will always be the best food for man.
After the flood God
gave man permission to eat flesh for two reasons. There was no
vegetation on the earth at the time, and as God looked down
through the centuries and saw how wicked man would become, in mercy He
cut short his life span by allowing him to eat flesh food.
the New Earth will ever be killed for food. Compare the ages of man
before the flood and after:
Gen. 5:5 ,
25:7, 8 ;
2 Sam. 19:32 ;
Gen. 35:28 ;
Ex. 6:16 ;
Num. 33:39 ;
- IV. Clean and Unclean Animals Distinguished Before the Flood
- A. Were clean and unclean animals distinguished before the flood?
- Yes. The clean animals went into the ark by seven pairs, and the
unclean by two pairs.
- B.How did God classify the clean and unclean animals?
Lev. 11:2-7 ,
9, 10 ,
41, 42 ,
- God made them different when He created them.
- V. Blessings to Those Who Obeyed God
- A. What promise was given the Israelites if they would be
- They would have been free from the diseases of the nations around them.
- B. What did He call those who persisted in eating these
- A rebellious people.
- C. Does this law apply today?
- Those found eating these things when Jesus comes will be destroyed.
- VI. Modern Signs In the Religious World
- A. What are some of the sins among church people in the last days?
Eze. 22:24 ,
- As it was in ancient Israel, so it is today. This is speaking of
the 'day of indignation.' Many
ministers no longer make any difference between clean and unclean food
animals and they have truly hidden their eyes from God's holy Sabbath.
- B. What else did God warn His people against?
- Worldliness. One of the great sins of the ancient Israelites was
their desire to be like the nations around them. Egypt was a type of the
world in the days of ancient Israel. They were familiar with their
idols. they may have not been like the idols we have today. However,
God is still warning His people to avoid the idols of modern Egypt, which
is a type of our world today.
- C. Against what else did He warn them?
- Any poisonous herb, such as tobacco, etc. A person who uses tobacco
or any poisonous drug may say in his heart that God is not going to keep
him out of heaven because of his smoking, but God says He will destroy
that man. Tea and coffee both have caffeine in them and no food
value at all. It is a powerful drug and should not be used except by a
doctor's prescription. There are many things that people eat and drink
today that are not fit for human consumption, and this
should be a study in itself--proper nutrition.
- D. How does God feel about alcoholic drinks?
Isa. 5:11, 12 ,
Prov. 20:1 ;
- Fermented wine should never be used. It is distinguished from sweet
wine. Wine is used in many ways in the Bible. Sometimes it was the pure
juice of the grape squeezed into a cup.
Sometimes it was new wine and sometimes it was old sweet wine, even
called strong drink in some places.
But the Israelites were never to drink fermented wine.
- E. Why should rulers abstain from alcoholic drinks?
Prov. 31:4, 5
- Fermented drinks were forbidden to the Israelites. It might pervert
their judgment in dealing with the people. Without the knowledge of
narcotics possessed by medical men of today, the ancients had often
various mixtures of intoxicating drinks and preparations of narcotic herbs with
which to dull the pains of fatal illnesses. Those who were crucified in
the time of Christ were offered a mixture of vinegar and gall. Our Lord
refused to drink the mixture. He desired a clear mind to resist the
temptation of Satan and to keep strong His faith in God.
See Matt. 27:34.
- 'Paul advised Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach's sake
and oft infirmities, but he meant the unfermented juice of the grape. He
did not advise Timothy to take what the Lord had prohibited.'
1 Tim. 5:23
- F. Should a minister or priest ever use it?
- No. They also err in judgment and lose their way.
- G. Should one ever offer a drink to anyone?
- We should never influence another person to take a drink.
- Spiritual Blessings Bring Physical Blessings
- A. What other blessings has God promised to those who are
obedient to His Word?
- A good Christian experience reflects on the physical body and is
- B. If one is a good Christian and a good
neighbor to his fellowman, how does this reflect upon him physically?
- Just being a good neighbor brings blessings. Thine health shall
spring forth speedily.' A cheerful, happy Christian is usually a healthy
one, especially if he observes all the health laws that
have been given us, such as pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness,
rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, and trust in Divine
power. These are the true remedies.
- C. If we have all these promises, what should we endeavor to do?
2 Cor. 7:1
- Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and the
- D. Is this a reasonable command?
- Yes. When one thinks of Christ living within him, it is only natural
also to want to keep his body clean.
- E. How much of man does God want?
1 Thess. 5:23
- The whole man is to be consecrated to Him.
- F. What should always be our aim in everything we do?
1 Cor. 10:31
- What positive guidelines has God given His people for all aspects of
living which may pertain to our physical bodies? We glorify our bodies
by living as healthfully as we can, and by abstaining from the use of any
substance, such as tobacco, narcotics, tea and coffee, which would
harm our well-being.
- It is today a recognized fact that tobacco is harmful to the human
body. With our knowledge no one can smoke, chew, dip, drink, use drugs
for kicks, etc. to the glory of God. Hence the Christian abstains from
taking anything harmful into his body and uses only the good in
See Prov. 24:13 ;
25:16 first part ;
verse 27 first part.
This principle of not overeating applies to all good food.
- Christian Standards
- 1. Custom of Decorating the Human Body Originated Among the Heathen
- A. Where did the custom of decorating the human body
- Among the heathen.
- B. Who was one outstanding heathen mentioned in the Bible?
2 Kings 9:30
- Jezebel. She was surely no example for a Christian lady.
- C. Do we actually change ourselves when we put all this on?
- In vain we make ourselves fair. We are the same underneath.
- D. What else does it do to us?
- It sometimes makes us forget God.
- II. Not Practiced Among God's Faithful People
- A. What reformation did Jacob bring about after he left
Gen. 35:2 ,
- They removed all their jewelry and idols and hid them in the
ground. God's people had been associating with the heathen for so long
that they had taken up some of their customs.
- III. Jewelry Received from the Egyptian Women used for the
- A. What command was given the Israelites when they left Egypt?
Ex. 3:21, 22
- The word 'borrow' here does not mean what it means today. This was
back wages due them for their services.
- B. What did they do with this later on?
Ex. 12:35, 36 ;
- When they built the sanctuary, all this gold and silver was used in
the furnishings of the Sanctuary.
- IV. Outward Adorning can never take the Place of a Beautiful Inward
- A. How should we want to attract people?
1 Peter 3:1-4
- By being a genuine Christian inside. There is nothing any sweeter
than a quiet, meek, modest lady. (See description of a Christian woman in
- B. What is God's ideal for His women?
1 Tim. 2:9, 10
- The inward adornment is the most important thing. One good rule to
follow is never to be conspicuous one way or another; to dress neatly and
modestly, as in the sight of a Holy God. The outside reflects what is in
- C. What same standard applies to our way of dressing?
1 Cor. 10:31
- Whatever we do, whether in dress or appearance, we should glorify
God as we do in our eating and drinking.
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