What Happens When We Eat?: Part 2

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The Wonders of God’s Creation
Job, who couldn’t have known as much about his body as is now known, knew that everything about him was ordered by a divine Creator and that the workings of his body didn’t “just happen.”
In the preceding issue we considered the need of our bodies for a continual supply of food and its preparation for nourishment, first of all, by the chewing process. Now, after it is properly chewed and moistened in the mouth, it is swallowed into the throat. Once it reaches that point the eater has no more control over it, for everything then takes place automatically. There is a long tube between the mouth and stomach, known as the esophagus, where muscles push the food along to the stomach. There it will stay for further treatment for three or four hours.
At this point we meet another miraculous structure that God has designed within us. The membrane of the stomach has about thirty-five million little glands (just think of that great number!) that work tether, making gastric juice, which, with enzymes and helpful bacteria, break down proteins and carbohydrates and manufacture all kinds of vitamins from the food. You didn’t know you had a vitamin factory inside you, did you?
Eventually, all that reaches the stomach becomes fluid (with very few exceptions) and when this has taken place, this organ has served its purpose. The liquified food is then automatically passed along into the next stage of the digestion process which takes place in the small intestine. The result of the empty stomach is that hunger is experienced and the appetite for more food renewed. Mankind, in general, has taught himself to usually eat just three times daily, but most other living creatures must eat almost all their waking hours in order to satisfy the needs of their bodies. The kidneys, liver and other organs, which are eventually nourished by the food we eat, have very interesting functions, but there is not time to examine those in today’s article.
The way in which food must stop in various parts of the body for processing reminds us that God’s holy Bible should be read with care. Through the Holy Spirit we will grow as the “living Word” is digested. The Apostle Paul spoke of this when he wrote of being “nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine.” 1 Timothy 4:66If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. (1 Timothy 4:6).
Never hurry when you read the Word of God. It is better to read a few verses and “hear what God the Lord will speak” than to read more than you can take in at one time. Good advice for everybody is found in the scripture: “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them.” 1 Timothy 4:1515Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15). May our prayer be “Feed me with food convenient for me.” Proverbs 30:88Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: (Proverbs 30:8).
(to be continued)