1. WHAT was the original food provided for man?
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing
is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Gen. 1:29.
NOTE.-In other words, vegetables, grains, fruits, and nuts.
2. After the flood what other food was
indicated as permissible?
"Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the
green herb have I given you all things." Gen. 9:3.
NOTE.-From this it is evident that flesh food was not included in
original diet provided for man, but that on account of the changed conditions resulting from the fall and the flood, its use was permitted.
3. When God chose Israel for His people, what kinds of flesh food were
excluded from their diet?
Those called unclean. See Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.
4. What special food did God provide for the children of Israel during
their forty years' wandering in the wilderness?
"Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from
heaven for you." "And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years,
until they came to a land inhabited." Ex. 16:4, 35.
5. At the same time what did God promise to do for them?
"I will take
sickness away from the midst of thee." Ex.
6. What testimony does the psalmist bear regarding their
"There was not one feeble person among their tribes." Ps. 105:37.
NOTE.-When they complained at God's dealings with them, and
longed for the food of Egypt, God gave them their desires, but sent
"leanness into their soul." See Numbers 11; Ps. 106:13-15; 1 Cor.
10:6. Like many today, they were not content with a simple but wholesome
and nourishing diet.
7. Where, above all, should true temperance reform begin?
In the home.
NOTE.-Unless fathers and mothers
practice temperance, they cannot
expect their children to do so.
8. What classes of men especially should be
"Be thou an example of the believers." 1 Tim. 4:12.
NOTE.-Of all men in the world, ministers and physicians should lead
strictly temperate lives. The welfare of society demands this of them,
for their influence is constantly telling for or against moral reform
and the improvement of society. By precept and example they can do much
toward bringing about the much-needed reform.
9. Can the fact that the liquor traffic brings in a large revenue to
the state justify men in licensing it?
"Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city
by iniquity." Hab. 2:12.
NOTE.-In all the walks and relationships of life, whether in the home,
the medical profession, the pulpit, or the legislative assembly, men
should stand for temperance. To license the liquor traffic is to
legalize and foster it. It cannot exist nor thrive without the patronage of each rising generation, a large number of whom it must necessarily
ruin, body, soul, and spirit. For the state to receive money from such
a source, therefore, must be highly reprehensible. The practice has
fittingly been likened to a father catching sharks, and baiting his
hook with his own children.
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