Appetite comes about because of what we are exposed to and what it is trained in. Have you ever developed an appetite for some type of food that you hated formerly? I for instance have over the last years developed an appetite for blue cheese, you know the stinky mouldy kind of cheese. As our appetite for food has a lot to do with determining our physical condition, so our appetite for the things of God or of the flesh has a lot to do with determining our spiritual condition. This concept is very aptly illustrated for us in the life of a young man and his friends, Daniel. He understood how important appetite was and showed us how to keep a good appetite.
He is Bad. Aspirations to be a world ruler that claims universal kingship by Marduk and Nebuchadnezzar prayed to have "no opponent from horizon to sky.“He has plans: In Ashkelon's ruins, however, the greatest destruction lies at the center of the city, spreading outward from areas of commerce, government and religion. Dr. Stager says this indicates that the invaders' strategy was to cut off the centers of power and then pillage and destroy the city. This was precisely the way the destruction of Jerusalem proceeded, evidenced by the devastation of the First Temple. A Key strategy to both destroy the cultures and civilizations around them and to strengthen their own was to carry of the future leaders and to re-educate them. To make them forget where they came from and what they believed and to make of them Babylonians.
Neil Postman professor at New York University and author of among other books “Amusing ourselves to death” criticised modern man’s dependance on the media. He argued that since television images had replaced the written word. He postulated that television confounds serious issues by demeaning and undermining political discourse and by turning real, complex issues into superficial images, less about ideas and thoughts and more about entertainment. According to his speech, "the tie between information and action has been severed.""Information is now a commodity that can be bought and sold, or used as a form of entertainment, or worn like a garment to enhance one's status. It comes indiscriminately, directed at no one in particular, disconnected from usefulness; we are glutted with information, drowning in information, have no control over it, don't know what to do with it.“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions". In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that it is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what programme you are watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels.“ John Piper from Don’t Waste Your Life “We now learn to listen with our eyes and think with our feelings. . . . We are meant to see through the eye, with the conscience; when we start seeing with the eye devoid of the conscience, all kinds of belief can invade your imagination.” Ravi ZachariasMat_6:22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
"TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that it is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what programme you are watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels.“ John Piper
Principle #1 "Anything that refreshes you without distracting from, diminishing or destroying your ultimate goal is a legitimate pleasure." #2 "Any pleasure that jeopardizes the sacred right of another is an illicit pleasure." #3 "Any pleasure, however good, if not kept in balance will distort reality and destroy appetite making it an illicit pleasure.“ Ravi Zacharias
The king's table
During the third year of King Jehoiakims reign inJudah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came toJerusalem and besieged it. 2 The LORD gave himvictory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permittedhim to take some of the sacred objects from theTemple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them backto the land of Babylonia and placed them in thetreasure-house of his god. 3 Then the king orderedAshpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palacesome of the young men of Judahs royal family andother noble families, who had been brought toBabylon as captives.
4 "Select only strong, healthy, and good-lookingyoung men," he said. "Make sure they are wellversed in every branch of learning, are gifted withknowledge and good judgment, and are suited toserve in the royal palace. Train these young men inthe language and literature of Babylon. " 5 Theking assigned them a daily ration of food and winefrom his own kitchens. They were to be trained forthree years, and then they would enter the royalservice.
• He is Evil• He has plans• He is sometimes allowed by God
Dan 1:8-16 NASBBut Daniel made up his mind that he would not defilehimself with the kings choice food or with the winewhich he drank; so he sought permission from thecommander of the officials that he might not defilehimself. 9 Now God granted Daniel favor andcompassion in the sight of the commander of theofficials, 10 and the commander of the officials said toDaniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who hasappointed your food and your drink; for why should hesee your faces looking more haggard than the youthswho are your own age? Then you would make me forfeitmy head to the king." 11 But Daniel said to theoverseer whom the commander of the officials hadappointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,
Dan 1:8-16 NASB12 "Please test your servants for ten days, and letus be given some vegetables to eat and water todrink. 13 "Then let our appearance be observedin your presence and the appearance of the youthswho are eating the kings choice food; and dealwith your servants according to what you see." 14So he listened to them in this matter and testedthem for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days theirappearance seemed better and they were fatterthan all the youths who had been eating the kingschoice food. 16 So the overseer continued towithhold their choice food and the wine they wereto drink, and kept giving them vegetables.
• The Kings Table – To make them forget being Israelites and Jehovah – To make them Babylonians and worshipers of Marduk• The Daniel Fast – To show the sovereignty of Jehovah
• The Diet of Information and Entertainment – Common Information without Common Knowledge – Pleasure without Perception • “This life’s dim windows of the soul distorts the heavens from pole to pole and leads you to believe a lie when you see with, not through, the eye. William Blake”
I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you withmirth; therefore enjoy pleasure . . . 4 I made myworks great, I built myself houses, and plantedmyself vineyards. 5 I made myself gardens andorchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees inthem. 6 I made myself water pools from which towater the growing trees of the grove. 7 I acquiredmale and female servants, and had servants bornin my house. Yes, I had greater possessions ofherds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalembefore me. 8 I also gathered for myself silver andgold and the special treasures of kings and of theprovinces. I acquired male and female singers, thedelights of the sons of men, and musicalinstruments of all kinds.
9 So I became great and excelled more than allwho were before me in Jerusalem. Also mywisdom remained with me. 10 Whatever myeyes desired I did not keep from them. I did notwithhold my heart from any pleasure, For myheart rejoiced in all my labour; And this was myreward from all my labour. 11 Then I lookedon all the works that my hands had done Andon the labour in which I had toiled; And indeedall was vanity and grasping for the wind. Therewas no profit under the sun.
#1 Refreshment that does not distract, diminishes,or destroys our final goal.#2 Pleasure that does not jeopardize the sacredright of another#3 Any pleasure not in balance will distort realityand destroy appetitePsa 16:11 NKJV You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.