Section 3: Health and Life Choices, Article 13

The Diet for Priests and Kings

“All the best of the oil,
and all the best of the wine,
and of the wheat,
the firstfruits of them which they
shall offer unto Yehuveh,
them have I given thee.”
Numbers 18:12.

iet has everything to do with how your mind can function. A heavy diet will draw energy from the mind and thought will be slow and sluggish. This is evident in almost any office a little past lunch time! By contrast, a light fruit diet will leave the mind alert and open the way for efficient thought even in
the early afternoon! Yehuveh has taken the time to clarify what is optimal for His people and their leaders. In practice, He presents five diet-to-enhance-the-mind choices for His people for five levels of responsibility and/or opportunity.

Diet for the Common People
        Yehuveh initially gave humanity a simple diet of tree fruits and seeds and grains:
Elohim 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..” After Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, He added the ground fruits and vegetables: “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” When the flood had destroyed vegetation, Yehuveh added animal flesh to the diet: “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 1:29; 3:18; 9:3-4. 
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you.” That is considerable dietary latitude! Echoing the first dietary change, Yehuveh emphasizes, “even as the green herb have I given you all things,” so long as “ye eat neither fat nor blood.” Later, when He separated Israel from the seventy nations He placed restrictions on some meats, differentiating wholesome meats from contaminated or contaminating meats. See Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. But there were no restrictions placed on the common people in regard to the use of wine and strong drink, the use of  olive oil and dairy products. They had considerable latitude still. Exodus 9:3-4; Leviticus 3:16-17 [regarding blood and fat, also read Leviticus 3:4-7, 16-17; 7:23-27; 17:10-12; 21:22]; Genesis 10.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:    
27 November 2005
Latest Update:          
10 January 2010

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