Not only does God love fat, but He ree-hee-healy (thank you Jim Carey) loves fat. Listen to this…the word fat is used 110 times in the New King James translation of the Bible. Out of those 110, nearly 100 refer to something our Heavenly Father likes. In fact, it was what pleased Him most in many Old Testament sacrifices. Check out this verse (wish there was a “LOVE” button here):
Lev_3:16: and the priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma; all the fat is the LORD's.
ALL the fat is the Lord’s. He wants to make sure no one else is getting any of His fat! This fact is repeated over and over again in several verses. Fat was sweet to the Lord. He even loved the aroma of it!
I’m not (repeat NOT) making a theological statement here, but I’m wondering: Has the devil influenced our culture (and for that matter most of the world’s culture) to HATE fat simply because our God loves it so much? That big ugly liar likes to pervert and ruin everything else God loves, why would he stop with the cute padding on our hips?
I realize that most of the mentions of fat in the Bible are in reference to animal fat, but here’s a thought-provoking verse that shows God’s heart toward His human kids:
Mal_4:2 But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
There’s really no denying that “growing fat” is a good thing in this verse, is there?
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating a new trend toward life-threatening obesity. That’s often linked to gluttony, which we all know God most definitely does NOT love. But I am thinking a little differently about this whole FAT issue. I think God likes my fat. In fact, I think He loves every dimple on my pudgy little legs.
And…I'm pretty sure He loves every dimple on your cute little legs, too :)