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GOD’S WORD FOR SEPTEMBER 18 ~ ~ Psalm 111:10 ~ ~ “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever.”

James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

For centuries, Asian cooks have wrapped meat, sushi and candy in bamboo bark. Though the reason for this practice seems to have been forgotten, humans evidently once knew what modern science is rediscovering about bamboo.

Chemists have succeeded in extracting the natural chemicals in bamboo bark. What they found was not one or two but four natural chemicals in the bark that inhibit bacteria, especially staph germs. These natural antibacterial agents are now under study for possible use as natural food and cosmetic preservatives. If these natural chemicals can be shown to kill bacteria and yet be harmless to people, the door will be open for an entirely new class of natural food preservatives.

The question naturally arises about how Asians originally came to use bamboo in the kitchen. Is it possible that thousands of years ago, when ancestors of today’s Asians headed east from the Tower of Babel, humans knew that bamboo would help keep their food from spoiling?

Much of what we are learning today was already known to a humanity that was only a few generations removed from our first and once-perfect parents. Remember that the perfection with which humanity was created was more than moral perfection. Because Adam and Eve had a perfect knowledge of God, they also had a perfect understanding of all that He had made. While we cannot be perfect except through the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ, it is also true that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.

When we go earnestly and honestly to God as Christians, He will show us what is in His will to show us. He has promised that.

Psalm 37:30

The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Job 12:13

“With Him (God) are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.

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