Good food from the good book


Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.” (Gen. 43:11)


For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing. (Deut. 8:7–9a)

For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. (Prov. 30:33)


The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. (Exod. 16:31)


Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (Luke 11:11–12)


We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. (Num. 11:5)


Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. (Exod. 23:19b)

People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell. (Prov. 11:26)

Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Matt. 7:16b)


Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way. (Exod. 33:3)


You lie on beds adorned with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves. (Amos 6:4)


The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exod. 16:3)

In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. (Joel 3:18a)


When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. (Deut. 24:20)


They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. (Num. 6:3b)


That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. (Exod. 16:1)


Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow? (Job 6:6)

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. (Matt. 23:23a)


They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. (Ps. 69:21)


Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev. 22:17b)

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. (Isa. 25:6)

By the editor

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #125 in 2018]

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