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Is the Sin of Gluttony Really That Serious?

1. Eating too soon.

Being mentally consumed with what you will eat next is gluttony. Think of Esau who sold his birthright for the pot of beans that he thought he couldn’t live without immediately (Genesis 25:29-34).

2. Eating too expensively.

Focusing too much on the quality of the food draws our attention from the Creator to the creation. The Israelites in the wilderness craved the meat, fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic that had been in Egypt. Bread that God delivered every day from heaven in the form of manna just wasn’t high-brow enough for the faithless foodies in the wasteland (Numbers 11:4-6). Our culture is full of foodies seeking satisfaction in every new and better flavor.

3. Eating too much.

Sodom was guilty of “excess of food” (Ezekiel 16:49). While weight is not of the essence of gluttony, one can suspect that gluttony in an increasing matter of the heart in our nation based on the number of bulging waistlines and the “shrinking” size of stadium bleacher seats.

4. Eating too daintily.

Picky eaters may idolize food preparation, or they may idolize NOT partaking of certain foods (1 Timothy 4:3). People with eating disorders engage in gluttony in this way too.

5. Eating too eagerly.

The Israelites learned that God can judge faster than we can eat when they died with the meat still between their teeth (Number 11:18-34).