Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 12, 2022

Science in the Bible – Bread

(2 Minute Read. 12Jan2022)

What is the leading cause of death for people in the United States?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is cardiovascular disease.

Did you know that the Bible mentions a way to strengthen your heart that has been scientifically confirmed?

Check out this passage from Psalms:
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
(Psalm 104:14-15 NKJV)

This psalm explicitly says that bread strengthens man’s heart. It was probably written by David about 3,000 years ago when bread was more nutritious than now. Nowadays wheat flour is altered in order to give bread a longer shelf life. Modern commercial bread has had crucial nutrients for the heart and circulation system removed, including omega-3 fatty acids, lecithin, and vitamin E.

Grains & Beans in Market in Acre, Israel

A Biblical bread recipe from the 6th century BC indicates how nutritious bread once was. God gave the prophet Ezekiel this recipe for the bread he was to eat:
But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself. (Ezekiel 4:9)

A Science Daily article “How Eating Bread Can Improve Cardiovascular Health” from November 28, 2012 reports research by professors at the University of Barcelona showing that daily consumption of wholemeal bread can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Three thousand years ago Scripture said that God made bread to strengthen the heart. It’s part of the Great Creator‘s benevolent design for the care of His people. And within the last 10 years scientific research has confirmed the value of bread for heart health. Optimal ingredients are ancient grains, combined without being stripped and refined.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible and provides good reason to trust what the Bible says that we don’t yet fully understand.

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you sampled the hearty wholesomeness of ancient grains? Which is your favorite?
2. What Bible wisdom grabs your attention and adherence today?

Share your thoughts on this question in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 35th article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will mostly focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis
25. Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?
26. Science in the Bible – Eating Pigs
27. Science in the Bible – First Aid
28. Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma
29. Science in the Bible – The Beginning
30. Science in the Bible – The End
31. Science in the Bible – Mother Eve
32. Science in the Bible – Father Adam
33. Science in the Bible – Adam’s Rib
34. Science in the Bible – Matter

Read the sequel:
36. Science in the Bible – ??? coming soon…

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Wednesday January 12, 2022 A.D.

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