Nutritionists talk NUTRIENTS: proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals… Normal people 🙂 or everyone else talks FOOD: bread, fruit, meat…God talks BOTH. In our food faith connection today, we’ll look at six words. These six words are the TOP SIX most used FOOD WORDS in Scripture. These top six mirror nutrition science and the six nutrients very clearly!
Anytime we study a topic in Scripture we want to make sure we let the Scripture speak for itself. One way to do this is to literally look up the word or words we are interested in studying. See where and how they are used to gain the full context. For example, the word MERCY is found over 225 times in the Old Testament, and only 60 times in the New Testament. This is significant because MERCY means: NOT giving us something we DO deserve. That’s God COVERING our sin. That’s the old testament law and sacrificial system. But GRACE is found 131 times in the New Testament and only 39 times in the Old Testament. This is significant because GRACE means: GIVING us something we DON’T deserve. That’s God CONQUERING our sin. That’s the power of the gospel and the person and work of Jesus accomplished.
Back to food. When we look up food words in Scripture these six stand out far above the rest. There is a clear distinction in the Top Six as compared to other food words like honey, fish, leeks, garlic… these are also foods mentioned in the Bible, but nowhere near the number of times these TOP SIX are mentioned. What exactly is the message of food in the Bible?
It’s one of REVELATION…
What nutrient dense whole foods provide for us physically, God through Christ provides for us spiritually. Food gives us a framework to know God! Nutrition science lines up with these most used food words that mirror who Jesus is!
The Natural Reveals the Spiritual…
These six nutrients and food words used in Scripture highlight who God is and what His purposes are for our physical and spiritual nourishment. The natural reveals the spiritual. Nutrition science is part of that revelation. In the next several Food Faith Friday posts each of these will be highlighted individually linking the physical and spiritual connections and significance. But for now…
Here’s a quick overview:
WATER is the REGULATOR.
“It’s not about the solutes. It’s about the solvents” – The Body’s Many Cries for Water
“The water I (Christ) shall give him will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:14
“And He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” – Col. 1:18
BREAD (Carbohydrate) is the ENERGY SOURCE.
“In whole form sugars and starches are the energy providers that support life.” – Nourishing Traditions
“I am the Bread of Life. This is the bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever.” – John 6:48, 50-51
MEAT (Protein) is the BUILDER.
“Complete proteins are essential to building our body’s optimal functional status.” – Staying Healthy with Nutrition
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!.” – John 1:29
OIL (Fat) is the PROTECTOR.
“Eating healthy, natural fats is the answer to losing weight and achieving good health for a lifetime.” – Eat Fat, Lose Fat
“The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty…” – Luke 4:18
WINE(Minerals) is the CATALYST.
“Any food or beverage that is cultured or fermented contains increased minerals and other nutrients.” – Digestive Wellness 4th Edition
“I am the true vine, my Father is the vinedresser. He who abides in me and I in him the same bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:1 &5
FRUIT (Vitamins) is the HELPER.
“Berries are wonderful powerhouses of nutrition, full of vitamins and a host of detoxifying substances.” – Gut and Psychology Syndrome
“And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever..” John 14:16
In next week’s Food Faith Friday video on our FACEBOOK PAGE and E! Journal post we’ll discover more about the WATER. I’m excited to share more with you through the E! Journal and our Eureka! Holistic Nutrition Facebook Page Live each Friday afternoon!
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Here is the link for this week’s – Food Faith Friday VIDEO: Six Words