Friday, May 26, 2017

Mark 8:2-3 (KJV) Our “Inner Fridge”

Mark 8:2-3 (KJV)
I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. 
It is obvious that the people of Jesus’ day ate much less than the average American does – and that his food was of a much different nature.
We may assume that many in this multitude had eaten some food in this three-day period. The narrative sounds more like, after three days, the food they had taken was used up. Jesus was concerned that their bodies were empty of the fuel they would need to safely return home. Having eaten at least one meal in this three-day period, Jesus knew them to be too weak to get home without food.
This interests me because the average American has enough energy stored in his body, via fat cells, to easily survive two weeks with nothing but water and perhaps some salt. Many modern athletes now practice fasting for days before and during competitive events. Once we get passed the false hunger pains at about day two or three, when our bodies convert from using sugar to fat for energy, we can go many days without experiencing loss of energy or hunger.
I am reminded to be thankful. We have so much food that, if our cupboards were bare, we could live handily on the food we have stored up in our “inner fridge”.

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Mark 8:2-3 (KJV) Our “Inner Fridge”

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