“I fast every Tuesday,” a colleague told me when I had asked him about going to lunch.
But when Daniel’s request to not eat food that the king had chosen for him and his colleagues had life threatening consequences for Ashpenaz.
For my colleague, fasting was a spiritual discipline and a means of connecting with those who lacked enough to eat. Daniel’s refusal to eat the royal diet may also have been spiritually driven as it may have included items that were forbidden to those loyal to the LORD God. But to allow the men that Ashpenaz was training to not eat royal food could cause Ashpenaz to literally lose his head!
But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine; — Daniel 1:8
How does what you eat demonstrate your faith?
I will have more to say about Daniel 1:3-20 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 7th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Faith and belief have much to do with trust.
This week I will place something in a box and let only one of the children see it. Will the rest of the children believe what they hear?
We learn about God nearly entirely through hearing and reading reports of other Christians whom the Church has decided were reliable witnesses.