1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. (NIV)
Most if not all people who read this live in or were born in a so-called First World nation. These are the wealthiest and most technologically advanced nations.
The standard need of the average citizen here – food, clothing, shelter, etcetera – is usually met.
In fact, today’s passage is probably more of a warning to you if you live in one of these nations, than it is a warning for someone from a Third World nation – a nation of extreme poverty and lack of advanced technology (though they usually have cell phones!) However, it is a warning for all people who have wants and desires.
The same old warning
Everyone wants their children to have a better life than they had … or at least a better life for themselves, so there is always a desire for better circumstances.
However, look at many lottery winners or those who receive large inheritances. They end up bankrupt and sometimes worse than before.
The reason is simple: they fall in love with MORE! They see how nice it is to always have food and things, and they simply want more.
Paul warned us through Timothy about this almost 2000 years ago, but also with advice:
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Timothy 6:9-11
Gracious God, protect our hearts from a love of more of the things and money of this world. Rather, please give us a heart for righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and humility!