Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Proverbs 4:17-18 -- On Food Safety and Being Shiny

"For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."
Proverbs 4:17-18

This is really yucky symbolism.  The idea of it makes you almost taste it... the bread of wickedness and the wine of violence.  Scary, and gross, and repulsive as foods.  I'm sure you can imagine as well as I can how discolored and unappetizing those things would be... not something that you want to take into your body, knowing that it very likely would make you sick.  And yet, we do take those things into us spiritually, and it does make us sick.  Sounds like something to avoid. :)
I like the next verse with the shininess and the idea of the perfect day.  I like to think this is how we progress... our light getting progressively shinier, until eventually we shine from within with that perfect light.  Perfection is a powerful concept, and the idea that we can even approach that is an exciting thought.  Even more reason to stay away from corrupted food, symbolic or not. :)  Today, let's live without a bad taste in our mouth.  Let's eat the bread and the waters of life (John 6:35; Alma 5:34) and all the purity and goodness that God offers us.  Let's not make ourselves sick with that other stuff.  And let's keep getting shinier, until the perfect day. :)

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