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An Acquired Taste.

This is the first installment of our new bible study series on the book of Daniel.

Good morning, peeps!

I hope you’ve prepped for this study by at least reading Chapter 1 of this book. If I were standing in front of you teaching this, I would read parts of it and then we’d work it out together. I guess I can do a copy/paste thing of the passages as I go along. I guess. Just a reminder: I am a KJV girl. As complex as that translation can be this early in the morning…who am I kidding?? That translation can be challenging at any time of the day, not just in the wee hours as you’re typing a blog to your peeps. So, as complex as that translation can be, it is what I was raised on so it is the most comfortable clear for me to use.

Aww, man! I can already see that this study is not going to go the way I thought it was. *sigh* Let us begin. Daniel 1:1-17 reads,

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.

2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

The children of Israel had been warned by earlier prophets that if they were not going to live according to God’s Will, He would deliver them into the hands of their enemies. This could be point 1 of our lesson, but I’m not going there just yet. I will say this, though: if you don’t allow God to rule in your life, He will overrule it. Yeah. Just veto everythang you’ve got going on. Your life IS your story, however: HE WROTE IT. I know I said I was not going to go there just yet, but I got vetoed. What’s that “if you want to make God laugh” saying? Oh, yeah: “if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” I wonder if He laughs the way I do when my children try to tell me that they are going to do something that I’m totally against. BWAAAHAAAHAAAHAAA! Whew! You think so, do you? Oh. Okay.

When I re-read these verses yesterday, I became incredibly hungry. I almost got up and cooked something. Almost. I had already eaten, but I was suddenly famished. Oh! Remember my post yesterday about being thirsty? Maaan! I was thirsty all day long! Oh my goodness! No joke. I have never drank so much water in one day. It was almost like God was trying to drive a point home. And, yes, I got the water myself. Back to what I was saying: I became incredibly hungry. Let’s revisit verses 5-8, 12-17:
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

I’ll break down our four boys later.

I am not much of a fad follower. That stuff comes and goes weekly, and I don’t feel like adjusting my life at that frequency. Especially when it comes to food. I don’t care what the latest fad is: if it means taking something off my plate, I ain’t doin’ it. I don’t care what y’all say. No sir, no ma’am. I am not going to name the different things my friends are trying right now because I don’t want to offend anyone, but I just don’t understand. Help me to understand. What’s wrong with calories from saturated fats, which are basically little cholesterol-filled globs of joy?? I don’t understand. On the real, I need my food to have calories and flavor. Have you heard of the Daniel Fast? So, here’s the deal. It is based off of two verses in the book of Daniel:

  • Daniel 1:12, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”
  • Daniel 10: 2-3, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

I’m about to end today’s study. I know, I know. I’m foul, but here’s what’s up: I got vetoed. Y’all think I’m playing. I was just about to go in, but God shut me down. Y’all know how He does me…

stiffarmed

Just now. Like, just this instant God changed it up on me. This is what I want you to do. I want you to do exactly what I did when I looked up the Daniel Fast: I focused on what they said NOT to eat. This is truly what caught my eye first.

  • Iodized salt
  • Sweeteners
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Breads, pasta, flour, crackers (unless made from sprouted ancient grains)
  • Cookies and other baked goods
  • Oils
  • Juices
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Candy

So, joy.  Now.  Hmm. This is why I have to stop here because I noticed something else before I closed the search tab: the list of what I could consume was much longer.

–d.

1 thought on “An Acquired Taste.”

  1. It’s interesting in your timing of this. I just read it today because I’ve been traveling and didn’t want to read it until I had time to focus. I just finished doing the chapter on FOOD out of Jen Hatmaker’s book, SEVEN. Where I only ate the same 7 foods for 7 days. What an eye opener and I found out it wasn’t BAD for me, but GOOD for me! Love what you’re doing and how real you are. When’s your book coming out???

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