The Old Testament had very strict rules indicating which foods were clean and could be eaten and which foods were unclean and could not be eaten. The following are some of those scriptures.
1. Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29
2. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood. Leviticus 3:17
3. Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud. There are some that only chew the cud or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The coney (rock badger), though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. Leviticus 11:2-7
4. Do not eat any detestable thing. These are the animals you may eat: The ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex (mountain goat), the antelope and the mountain sheep. You may eat any animal that has a split hoof divided in two and that chews the cud. However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat: the camel, the rabbit or the coney (rock badger). Although they chew the cud, they do not have a split hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses. Deuteronomy 14:3-8
Cows, sheep, goats, deer, and buffalo can be eaten. Since pigs are excluded, this includes all ham, bacon, sausage, pork loin, etc.
5. Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams, you may eat any that have fins and scales. Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you. Leviticus 11:9,12
6. Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales. But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean. Deuteronomy 14:9-10
Salmon, haddock, halibut, sole, tuna, sea bass, etc. are allowed. Shrimp, catfish, lobster, crabs, scallops, oysters, shark, eel, clams, etc. are not allowed.
7. These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, the osprey, the kite, every kind of falcon, every kind of raven, the ostrich, the little owl, horned owl, the screech owl, the sea gull, every kind of hawk, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the swan, the pelican, the stork, every kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. Leviticus 11:13-19 Deuteronomy 14:12-18
8. Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth. Leviticus 11:21
9. All flying insects that swarm are unclean to you; do not eat them. Deuteronomy 14:19
These are other foods mentioned in the Bible.
10. We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Numbers 11:5
11. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land--a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey. Deuteronomy 8:7-8
12. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. Song of Solomon 2:5
13. If you find honey, eat just enough--too much of it, and you will vomit. Proverbs 25:16
14. Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift--a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. Genesis 43:11
This is the recipe for Ezekiel bread which can be purchased in stores.
15. Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. Ezekiel 4:9
16. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. I Timothy 5:23
17. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites--a land flowing with milk and honey. Exodus 3:17
The promised land was mentioned many times in scripture as a land flowing with milk and honey. Their milk was mostly goat’s milk and it was raw, not pasteurized or homogenized.
18. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls. Proverbs 27:27
These are the only requirements that were given to the new Gentile believers when the question was raised whether they needed to be circumcised and follow the law.
19. You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. Acts 15:29a
We are no longer under the law, so the rules involving food no longer apply.
20. Everything is permissible for me--but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me--but I will not be mastered by anything. Food for the stomach and the stomach for food. I Corinthians 6:12-13a
21. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. I Timothy 4:4-5
Prayer: Father, I ask that You guide me as to what I should and should not eat. Help my body to be able to use the nutrients that are in the food that I eat to give me the strength to serve You. I thank You for supplying the food that I need. Please protect me from anything harmful in my food. In Jesus’ name, amen.