As we saw in Food in the Bible – Introduction, God created our world and He made it very good. Than we learned in Food in the Bible 1 – Garden Eden Food, that the food that God created was perfectly fitting for the human race: delicious, comforting, and naturally sweet. Adam and Eve had a great time in the garden of Eden, eating whatever they wanted – except one fruit!
And the Lord God commanded man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat. But of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for on the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16.17).
God wanted Adam and Eve to enjoy what he had given them and to see if they would trust and obey him by not eating what he had not given them. As you might know from the story, they did eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to make one wise; so she took of its fruit, and she ate, and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6).
Remember what God told Adam would happen if they ate from the fruit? Yes, they would surely die. On the day Adam and Eva eat from the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, they had no longer asses to the tree of life, that would have given their mortal bodies life forever.
Now the Lord God said, “Behold man has become like one of us, having the ability of knowing good and evil, and now, lest he stretch forth his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat and live forever.” And the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to till the soil, whence he had been taken. And He drove the man out, and He stationed from the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and the blade of the revolving sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:22-24)
Haven’t people been longing for a wonder plant that would give healing and eternal life ever since? God did create that tree, but men choose knowledge of good and evil above life. Now Adam and Eve were sent to work the ground.
And to man He said, “Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed be the ground for your sake; with toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life. And it will cause thorns and thistles to grow for you, and you shall eat the herbs of the field. (Genesis 3:17-18)
Life on earth changed, the ground was cursed now. There would be plants (thorns and thistles) that were not there before. And one more thing changed – the diet! In the garden of Eden God told Adam and Eve to eat ‘seed-bearing plants’, now he said ‘you shall eat the plants of the field’ or ‘herbs of the field’. It seems that those are the very same plants that God gave to the animals as food at first.
And to all the beasts of the earth and to all the fowl of the heavens, and to everything that moves upon the earth, in which there is a living spirit, every green herb to eat,” and it was so. (Genesis 1:30).
Now, why did God change the diet – why do we have to eat what animals ate? It looks like it all has to do with the cursed ground. God created some amazing, very nutrient dense plants. He created them for animals and gave them an instinct to know what plants are the healthiest. He did not give those plants to humans in the garden Eden, maybe because the comforting food very sufficient for us, but with the cursed ground we need greens (plants of the field) for health and healing.
The history of green smoothies is such a great example of us eating food that God first give to animals: Victoria Boutenko had already been eating a raw food diet for more than ten years and that had allowed her to reverse some serious conditions – edema, arrhythmia, and depression – but she still wasn’t experiencing the best health. In search of the perfect human diet, Victoria Boutenko decided to look for an animal genetically close to human beings and that is were she recognized how many greens we humans are supposed to consume daily. She knew she needed to eat greens but disliked the taste of them, so she peeled bananas and blended them with green kale. That discovery marked the beginning of the green smoothie revolution. Read more in Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition. Today, green smoothies are very well known and accepted, and most people know that eating greens is healthy.
Even though I am very thankful for Victoria Boutenko’s discovery, and I love green smoothie, it also makes me sad that she had to look for an animal genetically close to human beings (in an evolution way of thinking) to discover the truth that God has written down for us very plainly on the first pages of Scripture: ‘you shall eat the plants of the field’.
Lesson learned: Eat greens
Because God loves us and cares for us, He has told us exactly what is good for us: “you shall eat the plants of the field”. It is plain and simple – eat greens! More and more doctors and health advisers learn the nutritional value of greens. The most nutrient dense foods on earth are leafy greens. What would our world be like if people all through-out the centuries had listened to God?!
A good read about the power of food is Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free