It has been a long established fact that remains that eating well amounts to the experiencing of good health. In fact not more than a century ago a lot of beautiful discoveries were made, where we were able to through science connect the link between malnutrition and certain defects in the body. For instance a child that lacks proteins in the diet may develop kwashiorkor as a result of that. In situations like this, the only proven and effective way to correct such an anomaly will be the inclusion of the missing food value in their diet and then their bodies will auto correct themselves.

Just a quick look at this and other common examples should quickly awaken us to the reality of how what we eat holds a certain power over us especially in how we deal with our bodies. Interestingly if believers would take the time to engage the scriptures very well, we would be noticing how subtle this phenomenon runs through the scriptures.

The whole issue about food was exactly what played out in the lives of our first earthly parents during their lives in a garden in Eden. In the narrative we are told of how God gave a law concerning what they were to eat and what they were to abstain from.

Genesis 2:16-17: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat (including the tree of life).  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.(KJV)

What amazes me here is how God in His wisdom was able to place and hide virtues within a tree whereby one could come into specific experiences when one engages it by eating. Man eventually made a choice, ate the wrong tree and came into contact with that which was contained in that food when he partook of it.

Genesis 3:7:  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked (KJV)

Another tree in the garden also contained life and God made a very powerful statement that if  man should come in contact with the this fruits after already partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man would live forever and probably becomes irredeemable.

Genesis 3:22:  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever (KJV)

So these are a few of the lessons I gathered from this narrative

God told Adam and Eve, what was contained in the food that he had given them. Don’t just eat for eating sake. Find out exactly what is contained in what you are eating and how it is going to affect your body. Trust me, food no matter how small is powerful enough to impact your body both physically and spiritually.

I have noticed by experience that there are times whereby certain foods we eat can make us very dull both physically and spiritually. Interestingly the scriptures are also filled with stories of how a man’s ability to fulfill a certain mandate is also tied to the food that he eats.

We see that in the stories of men like Daniel, John the Baptist and even the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what the scriptures have to say concerning the Lord.

Isaiah 7:14:  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:15  Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good (KJV)

Consider the scripture above and begin to see how important it is that we pay attention to what we put in our bodies as food.

Now to climax it all, consider how events finally played out in the redemption of man. God gave us another food to correct the anomaly of what the food Adam and Eve ate caused.

This food is the body and blood of the Lord. What we call the Holy Communion. This is how we come in contact with the tree of life where we eat that we may live.

In conclusion since a simple act of eating was responsible for the entire problem of humanity, the very same act of eating (in this case the eating of the Lord Jesus Christ) now contains the very solution to the overcoming of this problem.

Shalom.

     Kafui Kwaku Bagidah

Manual Physical Therapist/Health Educator

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