PLANTS: All are good for us in season, must be used with prudence and thanks.
- All wholesome herbs (plants) are to be eaten in season are ordained for “the constitution, nature, and use of man” “to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.”
- The fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground, is good for the fruit of man.
- All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life. It is “good for the food of man.”
FLESH: Beasts of field may be used sparingly, preferably only in times of winter/cold/famine.
- Flesh of beasts (of the field) and fowls of the air “ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving” “to be used sparingly. It pleases the Lord if they are not used except “in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”
- Wild animals that run or creep on the earth are “for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.”
The “Staff” scriptural references imply that this staff of life is what separates us from famine and death. When the “staff” of bread is broken by the Lord, the people will hunger. To be the staff of life means that it will stave off hunger. In a practical sense, fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense plants but do not hold off hunger for long, whereas whole-grain bread does. It does not necessarily mean that it is the bulk of our diet, but the core of our diet–the energy that keeps us going (yay, carbs!).