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Will Italy Leave the EU? (Standing Watch) 7

What Not To Wear (Sabbath Meditations)

When it comes to clothing style, we men are hopeless. Most of us pick out a point of time in our lives when we felt that we looked at the top of our game and, whatever style we were wearing at that time, we just ride out for the rest of our lives. You can walk down the street and see a guy over 40 and pretty much pick the year.
There was a time when you probably could look at me and say...
ah...1986.” But that all changed when I came home from work one day to find my closet empty and all of my clothes sitting in garbage bags on the floor in our side entrance. To my dismay, while I was at work, my wife and daughter had performed a ‘What Not to Wear’ on me. Frankly, I was a little distraught. Gone were my pleated, cuffed dress pants. Gone were my favorite mock turtle necks. Gone were my sear sucker sport shirts. And gone was my collection of beloved sweaters and sweatshirts I’d accumulated over the years. All gone.
Admittedly, I wasn’t all that much into fashion. In fact, for the most part I really could have cared less. But, even so, I was shocked at how my self-image took a hit that day. I really didn’t think I had looked that bad. In fact, I kind of liked the way I dressed. The 1980s were good years.
It took me a while to recover from the shock. Any confidence I had in my ability to dress myself went immediately down the drain. For some time after that I was afraid to leave the house without first getting the thumbs up from one of my two self-appointed fashion consultants.
Now, in looking back, the whole thing makes me laugh. I’ve come to appreciate the women in my life who love me enough to make sure I don’t look like a throwback from the 1980s.
As Christians, living in this physical world, focused on physical things, it’s easy for us to get a little too wrapped up in maintaining a certain image sometimes. We walk around wearing remnants of the old man, focused on self-image, self-preservation and self-promotion. Remnants of pride or human fearfulness at times cause even converted people to go to great lengths to cover up their blemishes, to dress up their faults, to maintain the image they want others to see. Publicly hiding behind facades of wholeness, they privately nurture areas of brokenness and pain.
James 5:16 instructs us to, “Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
1 Thessalonians 5:10 tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
This Church thing that we are a part of isn’t some spiritual fashion show. It’s not so we can parade around displaying how put together we are. God put us in the body to do just the opposite. It’s a place we share our hurts, we share our weaknesses and our burdens, so that we might together find strength and encouragement to overcome and grow up into Him, Jesus Christ, in all things. We can’t do that if we are protecting an image.
You know, it might not be a bad idea, if, as Christians, we all did a spiritual ‘What Not to Wear’ on ourselves once in a while. In fact, occasionally going through our spiritual closets and cleaning out some of the outdated remnants of the old man is something scripture tells us we are supposed to do from time to time.
Romans 13:14 encourages us to put off the remnants of the old man and to “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are to put on the attitude, the heart and mind of our Savior, who we are told in Philippians 2, “made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross!”
If only we as His disciples could lay aside aside our facades, lay aside our pride and be clothed with the kind of humility that would allow us to share our weaknesses, to carry one another’s burdens, rather than hiding and shielding them from others. God could and would use to help us to heal. How much more powerfully could God’s Spirit work among His people to grow us and mold us into His image? If only we had the courage to open up our spiritual closets and start tossing.
When I came home to find my clothes in garbage bags, I have to admit that I did rummage through to reclaim a couple of my favorite old sweatshirts. I only got away with it after promising my two fashion consultants that I wouldn’t wear them in public. It was a small price to pay to hang on to some sense of my former identity. Now, they too, have found their way to the garbage. I’ve finally let go of the 1980s and moved on.
My spiritual wardrobe is a work in progress. There is still some cleaning out to do. I know the same is true for all of us. The more we strive together to put on Christ, in humility sharing, encouraging and building up one another in Him, the clearer we will see to discard the remnants of our old man. Clothed with His heart and mind, we’ll never have to worry about going out of style.

Into All The World (New Horizons)

God’s church is commissioned to take the message of salvation ‘into all the world’. To every nation...but to every person? What an immense task.

In our age there are near enough two hundred nations and eight billion souls out there with but a relative handful of true activists to fulfil the Great Commission. To judge by numbers we are failing to reach a significant portion.
That may not be surprising when we contemplate the Committee building, navel-gazing of the churches! Conference follows Conference. Days consumed by ‘planning’. Endless tortuous discussion, with the same issues arising year after year on the minutiae of doctrine and administrative detail. No surprise, then, that ‘the work’ languishes. With a focus on detail, it is little wonder dissension arises, disputes escalate, and division splinters the organizations.
Which situation promotes the question: just what is ‘the work? What is the function of the church? Whatever it may be, it will steer the course of evangelism.
Many churches of God are structured in the form of a business organization. Each has its President and its CEO - its chief executive officer. Committees for multifarious departments, with their multiple officials, mushroom and each is the basis for a budding, resource-sucking empire.
All a far cry from the - very fruitful - activities of the early church. With painful foot-slog and the occasional donkey, they ‘turned the world upside down [disturbed the peace]’! (Acts 2:41. 4:4, 17:6).
We, of course, inhabit a vastly different world from that of Paul. With the world available at the touch of a button we should be able to accomplish exponentially more than the first century ‘missionaries’.

But we don’t. And there are reasons:
The Gospel message was fresh in that world
The Jews remained under the Roman yoke
God’s Spirit was active
Every member was involved - even to the death
The message was focused on Christ
Yes - our world has changed. In contrast, the Gospel in our age is mere background noise for most people. Nor have we in the West experienced the fearsome pressures of oppressive foreign invasion, but rather we bask in our comforts. Life is relatively easy. Even in the church, love -  a burning desire - has ‘grown cold’ and few are willing to openly share their faith.

Bureaucracy at the corporate level stifles innovation. The gift of the Holy Spirit in believers smoulders rather than bursts out in an energetic life giving flame (2 Timothy 1:6).
When commissioned to deliver a message, you must be clear as to its content. You target the recipients. You deliver it faithfully - focused, and no ‘Chinese whispers’.
How do we measure up? Do we have a laser-sharp focus on ‘Christ and him crucified’ - or is our focus on the short-term millennial reign of the everlasting Kingdom of God? Do we demonstrate the unspeakable merits of Christ, or do we seek to ‘scare’ our hearers into the Kingdom with an emphasis on a fearsome ‘tribulation’? Are we distracted from our commission by a ‘social gospel’? By gimmicks? By empire building?
To share in ‘the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4) - that is, to become an integral member of the Family of God - is the core definition of ‘salvation’, and to enable this in individuals is the goal of our evangelism. This is the Great Commission Jesus gave to His Church and to this end the apostles were willing to lay down their lives - and did so.
Our calling is not designed to protect us from death or disease. Nor to enrich or prosper us materially. We are not called to ‘feed the world’ beyond our individual compassionate personal encounters with need.
We are called ‘on the other hand, [to] preach Christ crucified’ (1 Corinthians 1:23). The Father will then draw to Jesus those who respond - so that they may be discipled within the embrace of His church: ‘teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you’ (Matthew 28:19).
Our focus? Jesus Christ - his origin, birth, life, death, teachings, death, resurrection the Book. As the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: ‘keep on in what you learned and were assured of, knowing from whom you learned, and that from a babe you know the Holy Scriptures, those being able to make you wise to salvation through belief in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work’ (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Jesus’s brother Jude wrote a letter (v.3) to the brethren: ‘I had need to write to you to exhort you to contend earnestly for the faith once [once for all] delivered to the saints.’
Don’t, in other words, add to the revealed Word of God, he tells his readers! Stick with The Plan!
As we embark on our ‘pilgrimage’ as a child of God following our baptism, we must ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18). It is a process as, through the Scriptures, we daily add to our understanding of what it means to become ‘perfect’.
Without the sacrifice of Christ applied personally, I am spiritually dead. In Christ I can grow to become a partner in His Kingdom. The degree to which I change towards Christ-likeness determines my usefulness for such an awesome task.
We can’t go out of this world. But we can - and must - reject the world’s ways and live by Kingdom standards.

Shall Not See Death (Guardian Ministries)
What is it like to be martyred for your faith in Jesus Christ? Many people have faced death for their faith in Jesus Christ - one of the earliest was Stephen, who was killed for his faith and preaching the rebuking truth to the Hellenistic Jews. See Acts 7.
In 1999 at the horrific mass shootings in Columbine High School, several people were shot for their faith. Among the notables were Cassie Bernal, Valeen Schnurr and Rachel Scott. They became examples of faith.
When the gunmen (whose names I will not mention because they don’t deserve recognition) entered the school library, Valeen hid, but she saw what happened to Cassie Bernal. “Do you believe in God?” was the question to Cassie. When she said, “Yes”, she was shot dead with bullet to her head.
The gunmen started to leave. Someone screamed and they came back in with guns blazing and throwing pipe bombs. Valeen was hit in the abdomen with shrapnel and cried, “God, oh, God.”
“God? Do you believe in God?” As the report of this incident goes, Valeen, with Cassie’s death still in her mind, said, “Yes, I believe in God.” One gunman asked, “why?” as he was reloading his gun. Valeen began to ramble that her parents had taught her about God among other things. Then she sank to the floor and began crawling away. The gunmen turned their attention away and Valeen survived.
Rachel Scott, who was known for being a Christian leader on the school campus, was found with a bullet in her head. All who knew her believed that she died for her Christian faith. These three young women are among the examples of faith in our era.
But here are some hard to understand words from Jesus our Savior.

John 8:51 “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” The New Living Bible interprets this to say, “he will never die.”
When we read the following verse, it is obvious that the Jews knew what Jesus meant by death. They said, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death’.” (John 8:52 NAU).

Notice that they did not quote Jesus accurately. They changed Christ's words from “never see death” to “never taste of death.”
There are a number of Greek words that are translated “see” in the New Testament. Here are some: blepo means to look at or consider; horao means to perceive or recognize; diablepo means to look thru and see clearly; and ide means to behold or look at.
But none of these words were used in John 8:51. Rather Jesus used theoreo, which means to be a spectator of, indicating the careful perusal of details in the object. In modern language we might say, ‘to focus on’.
So here we have Christ's words: “If anyone keeps (preserves, observes, guards, keeps watch over) My word, he will never see (focus on) death.

Christ's disciples will not focus on death. What do they focus on? They focus on Him! We read, fixing our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). This verse follows a list of those who were killed for their faith in chapter 11.
When Stephen was martyred we read this:
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God: and he said, Behold, I see (theoreo = focus on) the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse.When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said,
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!

Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord, do not hold this sin against them! Having said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:54-60).
Notice in this passage the incredible focus Stephen has on Christ and the heavenly scene. Notice how he hardly pays any attention to what the Jews are doing, but is talking to Christ, his Savior. At the end he even shouts with a loud voice,
Lord, addressing Jesus and asking that Jesus not hold this sin against them!!
When Peter was walking on the water after asking Jesus for permission to come to Him on the water, if he would have had the same focus that Stephen had, he would not have sunk.
For you and me, we must not
see death but put our focus on Christ and His Word just as Jesus focused on God the Father when He was on the cross.

Thank You (Children of God)

How often do we say, “thank you” in our prayers? The USA is the most blessed nation that has ever existed, and, because of its calling, is the most blessed people who have ever lived. Thanksgiving is not one of God's Holy Days, but it is appropriate fto be thankful to God for the tremendous blessings He has poured out on this great land and His people.

The greatest blessing God has given is His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior. How thankful should we be for His Spirit - which enables us to begin to live as He lived? Even the faith that God's plan will come to pass is a gift to be thankful for. His gifts are of infinite worth!

Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.(Colossians 2:7)

More than a century ago, President Abraham Lincoln realized that the hand of God had blessed this land of America more than any in the history of the earth. In 1863, he wrote: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.”

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever.” (Revelation 7:12)

God expects us to be thankful because we have not received all these blessings due to our own ingenuity. It is God who has blessed America greatly: first of all in fulfillment of His promise to faithful Abraham over 2500 years ago, then we are blessed as God directs His plan for the USA in general, and then finally, toward us brethren in particular. We owe all the thanksgiving to God. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thessalonians 5:18)

Americans are becoming an unthankful and ungrateful people. Thanksgiving Day means “Turkey day” for too many. It means turkey and pumpkins – but increasingly less emphasis on giving the Almighty Creator God the thanks. Seldom do we as a people recognize God for the blessings, protection, and abundance that we enjoy. We think, for the most part, “We did it ourselves.”

When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful.” (Romans 1:21)
God is the giver of all the good things America possess! Truth and freedom of religion, victories, peace, family, friends, food, health, clothes, homes, liberty, education ... and an endless list of all sorts of blessings. We would have none of these if it weren't for the generosity of God. He must always be given the full credit.

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” (2Corinthians 9:11)

What an incredible time and country we live in! We have meat, and fruit, and vegetables, and fresh flowers all year long. We have it better than King Solomon.We have telescopes to see God's beautiful creation as never before - we can even view our own beautiful earth from outer space! How that would have inspired David.

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.” (Psalms 26:7)

Brethren, as we are reminded to be thankful this week, let's be sure to remember the source of all blessings. God withholds no blessing that we need.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father.” (James 1:17)

In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Finally Brethren, let's be eternally appreciative of God's mercy.

O givethanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” (1Chronicles 16:34)

Things I Learned from this Election (Morning Companion)

It’s over, but not really. In politics, it’s never over. It just transitions to a new phase. The acrimony will remain, and the campaign for 2018 will begin some time next week. That is just one thing that I learned, not just from this election but from my interest in politics over the last 16 years.
Sixteen years ago ‘my guy’ won the White House. I still think ‘my guy’ is a decent human being, but a savior he was not and a savior he could not be. That pay grade is beyond that of any president. A good president’s job is to be a caretaker of sorts and a servant in fact. Paul wrote this to the Romans:
Rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good ... He is God’s servant. (Romans 13:3-4 NIV)
Here is something that I learned this year. I learned that God loves -- really loves -- Hillary Clinton, and I learned that God really loves -- really loves -- Donald J. Trump, in spite of the fact that both candidates have their false gods.
The Clintons’ false god for decades has been their craving for power. That god has now been taken from them. Maybe this is the pivot point in their lives. Maybe this will cause them to refocus on who they are and what they have become and their hearts will turn to the true God.
Mr. Trump’s false god seems to be his own ego. The presidency can be either the world’s most humbling job or the most arrogant-inducing. Both Mr. Trump’s situation and the Clintons’ are good reasons to practice Paul’s instructions in I Timothy 2:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)
It is curious, is it not, that in the very context of praying for those in authority, Paul tells us that God wants all people to be saved and to come to know him. If you despise Mrs. Clinton, how would you react if she were to walk into your church, completely repentant and eager to learn? And if you think Mr. Trump is deplorable and the epitome of wretchedness, what if he turns to his Maker in sincerity and humility? Do you pray for the Clintons and the Trumps, that this very thing will happen?
Why shouldn’t we pray for civic leaders, whether we like them or not? Under what biblical authority are we instructed to hate them and revile them, as opposed to pray for and mourn over them?
Remember when King Saul abandoned the God of Israel, thereby causing the God of Israel to abandon him? The prophet Samuel nevertheless continued to pray for Saul and mourn over him. (I Samuel 15:35)
During one election cycle a few years ago, I became fascinated with the middle verses of the King James Bible. Psalm 118:8 has the same number of verses following it as before it. I had been correctly praying that God would give us the president we needed and not the one we deserved. Which type of president we got that time around will be for history to decide, but the ‘Middle Verse’ is still with me whenever matters of politics invade my life. Psalm 118:
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8-9 KJV)
Of course it is just a coincidence that verse 8 is in the exact center of the classic English language Bible. And of course this does not mean that elected leaders are all evil. It is a reminder that they are merely caretakers and servants until the real Prince of Peace takes over. They will not and cannot ever be our saviors.
It took me 16 years to learn that lesson.

Famine of the Word (Legacy Institute
The world is changing rapidly. We know that someday there will be a famine of the word. Amos 8:11-12 says: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
It is a crime in Canada to talk about what God says about homosexuality in the Bible. How long before preachers and televangelists start being imprisoned for so-called “hate speech”? The LGBT and atheist lobbies are gaining in strength daily and any mention of God or Jesus as an important part of the fabric of our Western society is targeted. God must be removed, they say!
A recent PEW research survey shows that an alarming number of Americans are just giving up on God. “Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.”
For those who have stopped looking for the Word of God, a famine of the Word will not affect them—that is, until they realize they need God and start to seek out those who are preaching and teaching His Holy Word.
Will they find Him? Not if the media, internet and other public forums are all controlled by those who want to erase God out or our Western consciousness.
This famine will affect the whole world, not just the U.S.A. All of us involved in preaching the Gospel to the whole world must step up our efforts to make the Word of God available to many, many more who thirst for the Truth.
It is getting more and more difficult to bring young people from Burma here to Thailand to prepare them to return home and preach the Gospel. Satan always uses governments to squelch the true Gospel message, even if those governments do not even know they are being used as tools of Satan. Satan is the god of this world, never forget!
Legacy cannot and will not stop preaching and teaching the word of God. There is much more work to be done. We may just have to do it in a different way. One door closes and another opens.

Life is Good (First Century Christianity)
Oftentimes we look around and only see the strife in the world and the contention in the assemblies that believe like us. There is one sure fire way to cheer oneself up and have a positive attitude, and that’s to refuse to participate in the doom and the gloom.
“Thus says YHVH of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. ‘Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to YHVH on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’ (Jeremiah 29:4-7)

Today, as we are being called out of Babylon, while we continue to live in Babylon, this verse applies to us as well. The exiles were hauled off to a pagan land and were commanded to do what? Have lives. Relax, plant some gardens, get married, have kids. Live their lives. Why were they commanded to do this? Because YHVH has a plan. They could relax, because the days of their captivity were numbered before there was one of them. To show their faith that He would deliver them back to the land, they had to simply live their lives. We are to do this as well.
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14-16)
- and -
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:10-18)
We are to live our lives. We are to live them within the structure of Torah as shown to us by the New Testament writings, but we are to enjoy life. Sure, we are to repent, study, learn, and do charitable works, but we are also to enjoy the fruits of our labor and our spouses and our children as well.
As we prepare to observe the fall festival of the Most High, let’s take some time to reflect on the blessings we have been granted. Do you have an assembly to attend, whether small or large? Then rejoice in it! Do you have a believing spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend? Then rejoice in that blessing! Do you have children? Are they healthy? Then rejoice! Do you have a job that allows you to observe the Sabbath and Holy Days? Then rejoice! Do you have a job at all that provides for your material subsistence? Rejoice! Do you have a place to lay your head and food in the refrigerator? Then rejoice! Do you have any friends that you can count on? Rejoice. Do you have friends in the faith? Rejoice greatly!

Take time to enjoy life. Take time to thank the Creator and His Messiah for the blessings you have. Build houses and live in them. Get married. Start a family. And trust that, when it’s time to go wherever we’re to go in His Name, that He’ll let us know – just like He did for the exiles.

Science Catches Up! (OzWitness)

Have you noticed that scientists recently have begun to discover that more long held ‘unscientific’ beliefs which they had scoffed at, have been discovered to be true after all? Today in one newspaper was the news that ‘mother was right after all’. You’ll catch a cold if you don’t put on a coat in winter! Scientists have long claimed that coughs and colds are not caused by a drop in temperature but more likely by warm stuffy rooms where he cold virus can spread more easily, though now thy have recognized that our immune systems work better when we are kept warm with coat and scarf!

Another ‘new’ discovery mentioned in today’s news is that whole milk may actually help to reduce blood pressure because it apparently contains high levels of nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, and this improves blood flow to the heart. That information joins other recent news that full cream milk is better for us than half cream milk, and even that butter may be better for us than vegetable oil margarine.

Actually, I would not be surprised if that were true. Years ago I had a recurring problem like King Henry the Eighth. Gout in my big toe! Every year I would get an attack and have to hobble about with an unbending toe until someone told me about cherries. OK, so it was unscientific, but apparently several cherries each day keeps the gout away (By the way, I don’t drink much wine or alcohol!). I tried it, and the gout disappeared, never to return. Any cherries will do – tinned, fresh or bottled – only a few each day and goodbye gout!

That information can point us to another source of ‘unscientific’ information that we can refer to for even more authoritative health guidance. The Bible. The Bible is the handbook the Creator provided with His product – us. You may not realize it but it contains a great deal of advice on how to live long, and stay healthy.

Sometimes, it is simply promises – keep this commandment and you will live long e.g. Exodus 20:12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Sometimes it is guidance on which foods are designed to be good for us to eat, and which bad, and elsewhere we are advised on which behavior and attitude will help our mental state to remain healthy and avoid psychosomatic illness. Also, God incidentally mentions things that His people eat, and food which some shared with God Himself, when He has appeared on earth. Food like fish, whole grains, meat, milk, butter, honey, which in that way gain God’s stamp of approval.

So, yes, as the years go by, more and more of the Bible’s teaching is being shown to be true after all. You can be in there in advance of science, and enjoy the health benefits before science catches up. Just study the Bible! Joshua 1:8  ‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’