Sometimes it takes for our health to take a downturn before we quickly begin to question our eating habits and diet. Yet the solution is simple if you look at it from a biblical perpective.
The Bible says in Proverbs 3: 1-2 not forget God’s teaching, but keep His commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. God has made it clear, we are “not to forget his teaching. According to the bible God shaped us, molded us, and formed us from the dust of the earth. God knew us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb, Jeremiah 1:5., and according to Luke 12:7, even the hairs on our head are numbered.
Who better to tell us what food we need to incorporate into our diets that will lead to a long and healthy life, but God? Among other things, the purpose of the Bible is to reveal who God is, and his will for mankind. The Holy Scripture is the first text revealing the utility of plants for man, as natural sources of food, wood, fibers, oils, and medicinal herbs.
God’s Dietary Provisions..
From the bible we know that the people living during biblical times got their instructions from God as to what they were to eat, they were to follow God’s Dietary Laws”. Starting with the very first book of the Bible, God makes it clear the foods HE has provided our consumption. Genesis 1:29 -2:16 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you.
The diet God gave people, in the beginning, was herbs, fruit, whole grains, and nuts.
Vegetables were added a little later Genesis 3:18. Scientific research has revealed that leafy greens and green herbs are the most nutritionally dense foods known to man and the most healthful nutritional base for any diet.
Genesis 9:3 3Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. In the Book of Leviticus God is more specific on the type of animals we are to consume. Not all animals were considered clean to eat.
Leviticus 11: 1-8 (NIV) The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. 4 “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them.
The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.
Birds / Fowls
Chicken and turkey bird are common foods eaten in most households, if not all. The bible does not specifically mention chicken or turkey . In Genesis 9:3 the bible tells us , everything that lives and moves about will be food for us. The bible also points out which birds or fowl we are not to eat.
“And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the falcon of any kind, every raven of any kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind. Leviticus 11:13-16 All other birds and fowl were considered clean to eat.
Leviticus 11:9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. In the book of Deuteronomy. 14:10 10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. Listed below are just some of the most popular fish with both fins and scales.
Warning About Fat and Blood
God warns us about the fat and blood of meat in Leviticus 7:23 (NIV)” Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. The saturated fat found in meat has also been associated with significantly raised risks of colon cancer.
God says In Leviticus 3:17(NIV) This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.” Modern health research findings agree on the dangers of eating meat fat and blood long after God forewarned about the danger.
More Specific Foods Mentioned in the Bible
Fruits and Nuts .
- Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
- Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
- Dates (2 Samuel 6:19; 1 Chronicles 16:3)
- Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
- Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24)
- Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
- Olives (James 5:14 Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
- Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
- Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
- Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
- Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47; Amos 7:14)
Vegetables and Legumes
- Beans (2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
- Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
- Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
- Lentils (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
- Onions (Numbers 11:5)
- Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8; Ezekiel 4:9)
- Bread (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 6:19; 16:1; Mark 8:14)
- Corn (Matthew 12:1; KJV- refers to “grain” such as wheat or barley)
- Flour (2 Samuel 17:28; 1 Kings 17:12)
- Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
- Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
- Unleavened Bread (Genesis 19:3; Exodus 12:20)
- Wheat (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
- Butter (Proverbs 30:33)
- Cheese (2 Samuel 17:29; Job 10:10)
- Curds ( Yogurt) (Isaiah 7:15)
- Milk (Exodus 3:8- 33:3; Job 10:10; Judges 5:25)
- Calf (Proverbs 15:17; Luke 15:23)
- Goat (Genesis 27:9)
- Lamb (2 Samuel 12:4)
- Oxen (1 Kings 19:21)
- Sheep (Deuteronomy 14:4)
- Eggs (Job 6:6; Luke 11:12)
- Grape Juice (Numbers 6:3)
- Honey (Exodus 33:3; Deuteronomy 8:8; Judges 14:8-9)
- Olive Oil (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
- Vinegar (Ruth 2:14; John 19:29)