Instruction to Israel
When God chose Israel for
His people, what kinds of flesh foods were
excluded from their diet by written instruction?
Those called unclean (See
Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.)
What special food did God
provide for the children of Israel during the
forty years wandering in the wilderness?
Then the Lord said to
Moses, I will rain down bread from
heaven for you. The people are to go out each
day and gather enough for that day. In this way I
will test them and see whether they will follow
my instructions. The Israelites ate manna for
forty years, until they came to a land that
was settled; they ate manna until they reached
the border of Canaan. Exodus 16:4, 35.
At the same time what did
God promise to do for them?
Worship the Lord your
God, and his blessing will be on your food and
water. I will take away sickness from among
you. Exodus 23:25.
What testimony does the
psalmist bear regarding their physical condition?
He brought out Israel
laden with silver and gold, and from among the
tribes no one faltered. Psalm 105:37.
Note When they
complained at Gods dealings with them, and
longed for food of Egypt, God gave them their
desires, but sent leanness into their soul.
(See numbers 11; Psalm 106:13-15; 1 Corinthians
10:6.) Like many today, they were not content
with a simple but wholesome and nourishing diet.
Three Important Questions
Where above all, should true
temperance reform begin?
In the Home.
Note - Unless fathers and
mothers practice temperance, they cannot expect
their children to do so. [Temperance means
What classes of men especially
should be strictly temperate?
Dont let anyone
look down on you because you are young, but set
an example for the believers in speech, in
life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1
Note Of all men in
the world, ministers and physicians should lead
strictly temperate lives. The welfare of society
demands this of them, for their influence is
constantly telling for or against moral reform
and the improvement of society. By precept and
example they can do much toward bring about the
Can the fact that the
liquor traffic brings in a large revenue to the
state justify men in licensing it?
Woe to him who builds
a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by
Note In all the walks
and relationships of life, whether in the home,
the medical profession, the pulpit or the
legislative assembly, men should stand for
temperance. To license the liquor traffic is to
legalize and foster it. It cannot exist or thrive
without the patronage of each rising generation,
a large number of whom it must necessarily ruin,
body, soul, and spirit. For the state to receive
money from such a source, therefore, must be
highly reprehensible. The practice has fittingly
been likened to a father catching sharks, and
baiting his hooks with his own children.
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