1. Biochemistry; present in milk.
About 5-6 years ago, the doctor put me on a lactose-free diet due to digestive issues. This was a major adjustment for me since I loved cheese, ice cream, and most dairy products. After I began the diet, the improvements in my stomach health were quite noticeable! Since I was feeling better, I figured I could treat myself with an occasional ice cream… WRONG! If I wanted to remain feeling better, I could not cheat on this diet.
You may ask, “What does this have to do with the Bible?” And if I wasn’t authoring this blog, I would have to ask the same question, myself! So, here’s the deal… Remember how Jesus often taught his disciples with parables? Well, this Bible lesson is a parable, of sorts.
Let’s liken my lactose-free diet to discipline; because it took great discipline to avoid the foods I loved. For the sake of this lesson, let’s look at lactose as sin… sin, because it only causes harm when ingested – when we take it in. And let’s equate others eating lactose-containing foods in my presence as temptation; and how, although it looked tempting and appealing, would be harmful to me if I partook of it.
For example, you may see others sinning, frequenting bars, going to wicked movies, and reading dark novels. It doesn’t seem to be hurting them – so you reason that it wouldn’t hurt you either. After all, some people that partake in these activities call themselves “Christians” – so it can’t be that bad… right? Well, the Bible has much to say about this.
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their [people’s] fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:19-23
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” 2nd Corinthians 6:14-15
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2nd Corinthians 6:17-18
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14
“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not… “ Psalms 4:2-4
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:14-16
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1st Peter 1:22-23
“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:45-48
“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:7-8
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
“…and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner [barn/storehouse]; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12
In conclusion, let us avoid sin like we would avoid foods that sicken us. Sin will sicken us to the point of death – eternal death of our souls. At the precise moment a “bad food” (sin) is ingested, we don’t notice the effects. In fact, it may taste wonderful to us at that exact moment; but later, we reap the consequences of allowing it in. This is exactly how sin works. The Bible says (in Hebrews 11:25) that sin may even seem enjoyable for a fleeting moment – but, in the end, it will bite like a poisonous snake. Sure, we have the ability to eat the foods that harm us – but it will only do us harm. “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” 1st Corinthians 6:12. Let us be the light of the world; separate and consecrated unto God. Let us not be stained by the world nor tempted by any temporal pleasure of sin.