Divine Health: How the Bible can guide our food choices
Spiritual food (the Word of God) is meant to nourish the Body of Christ. In the same way, natural food is intended to grow and nourish healthy bodies. I believe that everything we need for abundant, healthy living is given to us in the Word of God. So, Richard and I decided that if we wanted to be more vigorous and live long lives, we would start with what the Word of God says about eating.
Here are some of the scriptures that we use to determine the natural foods we should eat. We believe they help us to be good stewards of the bodies we inhabit. We are sharing them with you in the hopes that they might also help you. Please remember that this is just a starting point. Use your wisdom and study as well.
“Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat (pulse in KJV) and water to drink (NASB). …And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.”
In the Bible, fruit is often used to describe something that is very good.
“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.”
“they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.”
I Samuel 30:12 (NASB)
“They gave him a piece of fig cake and two clusters of raisins, and he ate; then his spirit revived”
“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Herbs, Olive Oil and Honey
Psalm 104: 14-15 (NASB)
“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth…and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”
Deuteronomy 8:8 (KJV)
A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
Whole Grains, Legumes, and Bread
“…Grain for bread is crushed. Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. ” (NASB)
“He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat…”
“But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself” (NASB)
Exodus 16:15, 31
“It is manna... This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat…it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
Matthew 26:26 (KJV)
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
Nuts and Seeds
Genesis 1:11-12 (NASB)
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them and it was so…and God saw that it was good.”
Genesis 43:11 (NASB)
“take some of the best products of the land…a little balm and a little honey aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.”
John 21:13 (KJV)
Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
John 6:11 (KJV)
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Luke 24: 41-43 (KJV)
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.
John 21: 9-10; 12-13 (KJV)
As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
We know Jesus was Jewish and celebrated Passover (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) all of his life. Lamb is a crucial part of the Jewish Passover meal.
John 21:5 (KJV)
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat?
Luke 2:41 (KJV)
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
John 2:23 (KJV)
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
Matthew 26:17 (KJV)
Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or even a health coach. These are my own opinions that I arrived at through study and prayer. Always consult with your doctor, use common sense, and wisdom regarding your situation and health.
Reference: Nutrition Health | Bill Winston Ministries.