Bible Study Subjects:
Back to Jerusalem
The Coming King
The Law of the King
Witch of Endor
Cities of Ash
A River of Life
Bowing to Baylon
A Tale of Two
Voice in the
A Jar of Oil
Above the Crowd
Ten Times Wiser
King Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city of Jerusalem, thousands of Jews
were taken away captive to Babylon. The king instructed his servant,
Ashpenaz, to select gifted young men from among the Jewish captives who
would come to the palace for three years to learn the language and
wisdom of Babylon so they could serve the king.
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah caught the attention of Ashpenaz
and were taken to the king's palace. But there was a problem. The menu
of rich meat and wine appointed for the young men contained many items
forbidden by God's Word.
Without wanting to appear ungrateful, Daniel asked if he and his three
friends could be given a vegetarian diet to eat and water to drink. At
first the king's servant resisted their request. "You can't stay healthy
by eating like that!" he exclaimed. "You'd get sick, and then the king
would have my head." But Daniel gently persisted, suggesting a trial
period of 10 days, after which their visible health could be compared
with the young men who ate from the royal cafeteria.
This plan was agreed upon, and for 10 days the four young Hebrews drank
water and ate a simple vegetarian diet. At the end of the trial period,
Daniel and his three friends "appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than
all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat." Daniel
Three years later, these four young men were tested by King
Nebuchadnezzar, and it was declared they were 10 times brighter then all
the wise men in Babylon. The Bible tells us that Daniel lived to be
approximately 100 years old. What helped give Daniel and his friends
such profound wisdom, health, and long life?
was the original diet that God designed for humans?
1:29 . And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing
seed, ... and every tree, in the which is the _____ of a tree
yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
word "meat" here simply means "food."
Adam and Eve sinned, what supplemental food did God add to their diet?
3:18 . Thou shalt eat the ______ of the field.
original diet for the human race was a vegetarian diet of fruits,
grains, and nuts. God added vegetables to Adam and Eve's diet after
they sinned and could no longer eat from the tree of life.
God concerned with our physical health?
4:23 . And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and ______ all
manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Bible teaches that our physical health is extremely important to God.
Jesus spent as much time healing as He did teaching. There are several
Bible principles we can follow to improve our health and lengthen our
promised the children of Israel that if they would serve and obey Him,
He would remove all sickness from them. Did He keep His promise?
105:37 . He brought them forth ... and there was not one
______ person among their tribes.
imagine! When God's people came into the promised land, there was not
one sick or feeble person in the whole nation.
is our health so important to God?
Corinthians 6:19, 20 . Your body is the ______ of the Holy Ghost.
... Therefore glorify God in your body.
Romans 12:1 Present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
wants our bodies to be His holy dwelling place. Therefore we must
choose to make them a wholesome place for His residence.
is a good Bible rule for healthful living?
Corinthians 10:31 . Whether therefore ye eat, or _____, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
should strive to live so that all of our habits--even our eating and
drinking--will glorify God.
Christians use alcoholic beverages?
20:1 . Wine is a _______, strong drink is raging: and
whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
beverages are clearly forbidden by Scripture. The word "wine" in the
Bible can mean either fermented or unfermented grape juice. The same
is true of the word "cider" today. Proverbs 23:29-32 gives the Bible
description of fermented wine, and God says that we should not even
look at it! The only wine Christians should use is "new wine," which
is unfermented, sweet grape juice.
Isaiah 65:8 New wine is found in the cluster.
will God do to those who defile their bodies?
Corinthians 3:16, 17 . Ye are the temple of God. ... If any man
defile the temple of God, him shall God _______.
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
substance or unhealthful practice that damages the body or shortens
one's life must be laid aside. Suicide by degrees is still suicide.
This, of course, includes harmful drugs (such as tobacco in all of its
forms) and the many drinks that contain a popular yet highly
detrimental drug called caffeine. God says that He will destroy people
who knowingly wreak havoc upon their body temples.
mammals does God permit humans to eat?
11:3 . Whatsoever parteth the _____, and is clovenfooted, and
cheweth the cud.
make things simple for us, God has placed all living creatures into
one of two categories: clean and unclean. He permits us to eat those
that are clean but has declared the unclean creatures to be unfit for
food. All mammals that are clean have two characteristics. They must:
(1) have cloven hooves, and (2) chew the cud. For example, a pig has
cloven hooves but does not chew its cud, so it is unclean.
types of fish and seafood are clean?
11:9 . These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever
hath ______ and scales ... them shall ye eat.
fish are clean for food. However, eels, sharks, and catfish are among
the exceptions. All creatures in the water that do not have both fins
and scales are unclean and should not be eaten. Examples include
shellfish, turtles, frogs, shrimp, oysters, etc.
birds are unclean?
11:15, 16 . Every raven after his kind; And the ____, and the night
hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind.
list in Leviticus 11 indicates that birds of prey, carrion, and fish
eaters are unclean. However, all the foraging birds such as quail,
chickens, and turkeys are clean.
the laws about clean and unclean animals part of Moses' ceremonial
law, which ended at the cross?
7:1, 2 . Come thou and all thy house into the ark. ... Of every
________ beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, ... and of beasts
that are not clean by two.
God's categories of clean and unclean beasts have existed since
Creation. Noah was told to take clean beasts into the ark by sevens
and unclean by twos. This was long before Moses' law.
God say that eating unclean food is a serious offense?
66:15, 17 . For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and
with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury. ...
They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves ... eating
swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be
__________ together, saith the Lord.
The Bible is too plain and clear to misunderstand. At His second
coming, the Lord will destroy those who know what His Word requires,
yet eat swine's flesh (pork) and other unclean foods.
is a good basic health rule for Christians?
Corinthians 9:25 . Every man that striveth for the mastery is
__________ in all things.
means completely avoiding things that are harmful and using moderation
in the things that are good.
the Bible health principles still practical today?
13:46 . All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be
defiled; ... he shall dwell ______; ...
A. Quarantine procedures control contagious disease (Leviticus 13:46).
B. Human-body waste should be buried (Deuteronomy 23:12, 13).
C. Washing the body and clothing controls germs (Leviticus 17:15, 16).
D. Moral living prevents sexual diseases (Leviticus 18; Proverbs
5:1-12; Colossians 3:5, 6).
E. Animal fat should not be eaten (Leviticus 3:17; 7:22-24).
F. Hatred and bitterness is detrimental to one's health (Leviticus
19:17, 18; Proverbs 15:17; Hebrews 12:14, 15).
G. Overeating is harmful (Proverbs 23:2).
H. Our bodies need proper rest (Psalm 127:2; Mark 6:31).
I. Importance of work (Exodus 20:9, 10; 2 Thessalonians 3:10).
J. A positive attitude is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22; 1 Timothy
K. Parents' habits affect children (Deuteronomy 12:25; Exodus 20:5).
health laws God gave to His people thousands of years ago were
scientifically far ahead of their time. Only in recent years have we
recognized how truly great are the benefits they offer!
people in heaven kill and eat animals?
65:25 . They shall not hurt nor ______ in all my holy
mountain, saith the Lord.
Revelation 21:4 There shall be no more death.
that Adam and Eve lost when sin entered will be restored in God's new
kingdom, including the original vegetarian diet. There will be no
slaughtering or devouring of animals in the new earth.
can I make diet and health changes that will please the Lord?
11:18-20 . They shall take away all the detestable things
thereof. ... And I will give them one heart, and I will put a ____
spirit within you; ... That they may walk in my statutes, and keep
mine ordinances, and do them.
we decide to obey God's health laws, He puts a new spirit within us
that will give us the power needed to live healthfully (John 1:12).
honored Daniel and his friends for keeping His health laws, which are
a very important part of Christian living. Are you willing to follow
the health principles in God's Word and to present your body a holy
temple where His Spirit may reside?