A fitness and nutrition trainer had recommended to my wife a more healthy bread called Ezekiel bread. The trainer is not religious, he is just very much about how regular exercise and a healthy diet can contribute to a good life. So I went to the grocery store to find the bread, really not having a clue about it. Upon finding it I immediately had to look up Ezekiel 4:9.
“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.” – Ezekiel 4:9 NIV
If you like whole wheat and grain breads, this is actually very good. I had also found this natural foods company had another bread product called Genesis 1:29. As expected, this natural bread is made from seeds and grains.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” – Genesis 1:29 KJV
There are many other dietary guidelines we find in the scriptures, from the Law of Moses (the origin of kosher practices) to Daniel and his companions eating a vegetarian diet (Daniel 1:11-16) to Paul’s advice to Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach (1 Timothy 5:23).
So what’s the point? The Bible is full of great wisdom, not only for our spiritual welfare, but also for our natural well-being. By our nature, we tend to think natural before spiritual, and if you approach the Bible that way, you will find that you can trust the natural wisdom we find there – in this example, the bread and foods they ate were very nutritious. And if you can trust the natural wisdom of the Bible, then surely you can trust the spiritual wisdom of the Bible.
The Bible is reliable to guide us in all aspects of life, both naturally and spiritually. And if we believe this, then we can know God, and find salvation through Jesus Christ.