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Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:46:16 -0200
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Deceptive Food
  by Stan Mitchell

   "When you sit to eat with a ruler, observe
   carefully what is before you; and put a
   knife to your throat if you are given to
   appetite; do not desire his delicacies,
   for they are deceptive food" (Proverbs
   23:1-3 ESV).

How can food be "deceptive"? Is it a case of carrots
masquerading as casserole, or those lying limas? Or is
the wise man referring to the host's attempt to
deceive his guests in some way, pretending perhaps to
be their friend while in reality plotting their
downfall?

The answer probably comes from the instructions
Solomon gives. "Put a knife to your throat," he urges,
"do not crave his delicacies."

Perhaps the problem is (as it is so often) a case of
self-deception. The food is "deceptive" not because
the king intends to deceive, but because the guest is
overcome by the grandeur of his surroundings, and the
honor of being invited to a royal banquet.

Long before he is swollen by the fine cuisine, he has
become swollen with pride, and his behavior is loud
and out of control.

As a healthy diet, it's better to eat in humility than
to eat humble pie!

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