“blessed be the name of Jehovah.” His blessing of God’s name was unconditional, irrespective of context, and without reason.
The Meats, Water Sources and Medicinal Plants God Prepares for Mankind
Grains, fruits and vegetables, and all types of nuts are all vegetarian foods. Even though they are vegetarian foods, they have sufficient nutrients to satisfy the needs of the human body. However, God did not say: “Giving these to mankind is enough. Mankind can just eat these things.” God did not stop there and instead prepared things that taste even more delicious for mankind. What are these things? It’s the various kinds of meat and fish most of you can see and eat. There are so many kinds of meat and fish that God has prepared for man. Fish all live in the water; the texture of their meat is different to that of meat grown on the land and they can provide different nutrients to mankind. The properties of fish can also adjust the cold and heat in human bodies, so they are extremely beneficial to mankind. But what tastes good cannot be overindulged. It’s still the same saying: God bestows upon mankind the right quantity at the right time, so that people can normally and properly enjoy these things in accordance with the season and time. What does poultry include? Chicken, quail, pigeon, etc. Many people also eat duck and goose. Though God prepared these kinds of meat, God had certain requirements of His chosen people and restricted it to a certain range in the Age of Law. Now this range is based on individual taste and personal understanding. These various kinds of meat provide the human body with different nutrients, which can replenish protein and iron, enrich the blood, strengthen muscles and bones, and provide more energy. Regardless of what methods people use to cook and eat them, in short, these things can on the one hand help people improve flavors and appetites, and on the other satisfy their stomachs. The most important thing is that they can supply the human body with their daily nutritional needs. These are the considerations God had when He prepared food for mankind. There are vegetarian foods as well as meats—isn’t that rich and plentiful? But people should understand what God’s original intentions were when God prepared all foods for mankind. Was it to let mankind greedily enjoy these material foods? What if people indulge themselves in this material satisfaction? Don’t they become overnourished? Doesn’t overnourishment bring all sorts of ailments to the human body? (Yes.) That is why God apportions the right quantity at the right time and lets people enjoy different foods in accordance with different time periods and seasons. For example, after living through a very hot summer, people will accumulate quite a bit of heat, pathogenic dryness and dampness in their bodies. When autumn arrives, many kinds of fruits will ripen, and when people eat some fruit their dampness will be removed. At the same time, cattle and sheep will have grown robust, so people should eat some meat as nourishment. After eating various kinds of meat, people’s bodies will have energy and the heat to help them withstand the cold of the winter, and as a result they will be able to get through the winter peacefully. What time to prepare what things for mankind, and what time to let what things grow, bear fruit and ripen—all of this is controlled and mastered by God very measuredly. This is the topic about “how God prepared the food necessary for man’s daily living.” Apart from all kinds of foods, God also supplies mankind with sources of water. People have to drink some water after eating. Is just eating fruit enough? People won’t be able to stand only eating fruit, and besides, there is no fruit in some seasons. So how can mankind’s water problem be resolved? By God preparing many water sources above the ground and below the ground, including lakes, rivers, and springs. These sources of water can be drunk from in situations where there isn’t any contamination, or human processing or damage. That is to say, in regard to the sources of food for the lives of mankind’s physical bodies, God has made very precise, very accurate and very suitable preparations, so that people’s lives are rich and plentiful and not lacking in anything. This is something people can feel and see.
Additionally, among all things, God created some plants, animals, and all sorts of grasses that are particularly of use for taking care of injuries or treating illnesses in humans. What do you do, for instance, if you get burned or get scalded accidentally by hot water? Can you flush it with water? Can you just find a piece of cloth somewhere and wrap it up? It might fill up with pus or get infected that way. For instance, if you get a fever, catch a cold, suffer an injury from physical work, a stomach ailment from eating the wrong thing, or develop certain diseases due to living habits or emotional issues, such as vascular diseases, psychological conditions or diseases of the internal organs—there are corresponding plants to cure all of these. There are plants that improve blood circulation to remove stagnation, relieve pain, stanch bleeding, provide anesthesia, help people recover normal skin, eliminate blood stasis in the body, and eliminate toxins from the body. In short, they can all be used in daily life. They are of use to people and have been prepared by God for the human body in case of need. Some of these were allowed by God to be inadvertently discovered by man, while others were discovered from certain special phenomena or by certain people prepared by God. Following their discovery, mankind would pass them down, and then many people would know about them. This way, God’s creation of these plants has value and meaning. In short, these things are all from God and were prepared and planted when He created a living environment for mankind. All of these things are very necessary. Were God’s considerations better thought out than those of mankind? When you see all that God has done, are you able to feel God’s practical side? God worked in secret. When man had not yet come into this world, before coming into touch with this mankind, God had already created all of this. Everything He did was for the sake of mankind, for the sake of their survival, and for the consideration of mankind’s existence, so that mankind can live happily in this rich and plentiful material world God prepared for them, not having to worry about food or clothes, and not lacking in anything. Mankind continues to reproduce and survive in such an environment.
from The Word Appears in the Flesh
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