By J. B. Fagoyinbo
Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin and contains essential nutrients, such as fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism’s cells to provide energy, maintain life and stimulate growth.
Most food has its origin in plants. Some food is obtained directly from plants, but even animals that are used as food sources are raised by feeding them food derived from plants
Because man is physical, he needs food for sustenance, growth and energy. Thus, God gave him “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” (Gen 1:29)
Sustenance, growth and energy requirements are found in God’s blessings to man and also other living creatures with capacity for motion, thus we see God making provision for the animals too “And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so” (Gen 1:30).
We’ll wonder about the source of food for plants that are immobile.
“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground” (Gen 2:5-6.) is indicative of the fact that plants derive their food from the rain and the ground
In the first chapter of Genesis we see creation completed but even on the seventh day, when God rested the creation with life was not physically in existence. Note the sequence of creation in chapter two of Genesis. The account “there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Gen 2:6-9) is indicative of the following:
- There was rain to water the earth;
- The formation of man from the earth followed;
- A garden was planted in Eden to provide for his needs;
- There was caused to grow from the earth every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil; and
- The animals came later as there would have been nothing for them to eat if they were created before plants
.Note that God did not give flesh for food in Gen 1:29.