Thursday, July 11, 2013

The King Who Ate Grass

And they shall drive thee from men , and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen... Daniel 4:32

When I was a kid, Life Magazine carried a story about a man who tried an all grass diet. He lost weight and ended the experiment. It was decided that humans were not able to digest grass. End of argument. At the time it was settled in my mind.

After a number of years I read the story of Nebuchadnezzar doing so, and for seven years. How could this be? Who to believe, Life or the Bible? Maybe God gave Nebuchadnezzar the ability? Maybe somebody slipped him a hamburger once in a while to give him some real nourishment? Or, could it be that people could really subsist on a grass diet?

There are over 400 varieties and all are edible. Especially when you count the seeds. Wheat, corn, barley, and cereal grains are grasses. This is the most widespread plant in the world. Its secret of survival may be in its extreme adaptability.

I don't know about the man who gave up eating grass, but the king I do know about. I go with the Bible. The story of the king's pride and his reduction to animal status for seven years is one of the most dramatic in the Word, because he regained his sanity, and restored. He turned and praised God. Such a lesson for him and all who observed.

Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgement: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Daniel 4:37

Such a powerful lesson in humility. Is it also a lesson in nutrition?

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