Transcribed from actual tape of sermon July 15, 1979 PM
some more on the AM service - FASTING
Not too many look hungry tonight! I was real tempted to do some interviews tonight
walk up and down these aisles - but I didn't do it.... to try to answer some questions
maybe we can do that again .... about fasting.... because you didn't do it in 30 or 40
minutes or whatever; but there are - just as a precursory kind of overview - there
are at least 3 kinds of fast that you find in the Bible. There is the normal fast -
and this was the fast in which Jesus was participating in, I think, in the 40 days in
the wilderness...and... normal fast would be you would drink water or even liquids but
no food - we feel like the fast of Jesus of 40 days was a normal fast... for the reason
that ... when he got through with the fast and the devil was tempting him he tempted him
at the point of food. And we know until recent day you couldn't do without liquids
for 40 days but somebody was on a little raft and was there for so long - I forgot
- they set 3 or 4 different records about it so I don't know exactly how long you can
go without food or liquid. But we know that the devil tempted Him with food .... and
so this leads us to believe if He had fasted without liquid - it would have been a
miraculous fast - and certainly I think to live that long - - so that was a normal
fast - without food.
An absolute fast would be without food or water or anykind of nourishment. That would
be an absolute fast.
And then a partial fast would be doing without specific things and I recommend this
in a lot of areas. I talked with someone this week and I said you know the best thing
you couid do wo-u'id be not to bay-&.nth4,ng for '.4 months. And-....several fat-bp-r& ...
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