Clean Food? Part I

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First, God gave mankind & animals only plants & fruit as food.

Gen. 1:29-30 “29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.”

Although Abel tended sheep, we only see him using the sheep as a burnt offering to God. Nothing suggests they ate the sheep. Further, Noah is told in Gen. 6:21 to “Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away. It will be food for you and for them [animals on the ark].” This indicates that the only acceptable food was still plant-based. God instructs Noah to bring 7 pairs of “clean” animals, which looking backward from Moses, seems to indicate clean for eating. But in just examining the text, the clean animals were used for a sacrifice immediately after exiting the ark. So it makes more sense & is in better keeping with Abel’s use of sheep, that at this point, clean animals were not for human consumption, but for sacrificing to God.

Immediately after the clean animal sacrifice from Noah, God clearly gives Noah & everyone after him every moving thing for food. God even goes so far as to add it to what He already gave them, “the green plants.”

Gen. 9:3-4 “3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

It’s important to note that He gives every moving thing. Not just clean. If it were just clean, He would have said just as He said pre-flood to bring 7 pairs of the clean & 1 pair of all others. He made a point to distinguish clean & unclean to Noah pre-flood; if it were intended in the food allowed, He would have said it here even more so.

Later, in Leviticus 10-11, God gives new laws that specify some animals as clean & edible and others as unclean & inedible. And the unclean animals can make unclean anyone or anything it even touches, except for a spring of flowing water. A small clue is given at the beginning of Lev. 10. God’s first words were that there are a lot of animals that live on the land. The more time had passed from Noah, the more animals had populated the earth, the more predator-prey activity, the more blood spilled, the more disease bred and passed among the animals. Perhaps this & the new wilderness conditions the Hebrews were then living in caused God to enact these new laws. Additionally, He gives other clues saying for the people to set themselves apart & be holy & clean like He is.

There are two beautiful parts to this. One is very practical. God is teaching them to be civilized & have good hygiene for their health. However, He is also teaching them about His nature: that He is holy and clean. He is using something so practical & physical in nature to demonstrate His God-attributes.

It was only at the time of Abel’s sacrifice that people began to worship God. By the time of Noah, ALL people except those on the ark were entirely wicked and godless. So by the time of Moses, we see God having chosen a people who were nothing and now He begins to train them up to teach them in very externally prescribed ways how to behave in their new community along with slowly teaching them who He is. Because at this point in time, God is very much unknown. There is very little history or prophecy as yet to show mankind who He is. He is yet a vague, widely unknown God, rarely sought after. So His use of external food laws to teach himself as holy is beautiful.

By the time we get to Acts, we see an entirely different world in place. The main parts of the world have become more orderly by governments. Cultures have been established where people have a sense of right & wrong (not necessarily Biblically so), instead of complete anarchy & wickedness & disorder as in Noah’s day. Similarly, instead of the baby people-group of Israel just coming out of captivity in Egypt under Moses, where they were suddenly on their own and unsure how or what to do, the cultures and society in Acts are older & established. Hundreds of years of prophecy, law, and history of God’s interaction with people are largely known and studied. Who God is is no longer vague. He’s painted a picture of Himself over time and history.

Jesus has come, died, and been buried & resurrected. From what I read in Scripture, a new covenant has been put into place. Here in Acts, the old food laws are suddenly displaced.

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10 responses »

  1. I do not see anything displaced except the laws concerning the Temple. Matthew 5:17 “HE came not to destroy but to fulfill- live out perfectly”

    Show me through scripture that I can now eat unclean food…

    I assume you also believe that the Sabbath has also been displaced by the New Covenant…??

    Bless you and all that you do.

  2. You speculate that perhaps due to more predator-prey activity that the animals became unclean (again). So, what changed to make the animals today now clean? There’s even more predator-prey activity and disease in the world. Some argue that we have more advanced cleaning/cooking methods but that really holds no ground because even science is proving that unclean animals like pork are really bad for you.

  3. Wow! Talk about the stereotypical Christian ignorance. American Christians are some of the biggest cry babies I’ve ever seen. Any mention of “Torah” or “Law” is responded with tantrums and blatant misinterpretation of Scripture because Christians have problems with authority.

    Read Jeremiah 31. It states clearly that the new covenant is the Torah (Law) written on the hearts of men, not on stone. The law never changed.

    Do you follow Yahweh or do you follow Constantine?

    • I feel sorry for you.

      Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

      Romans 14:2-3 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.

      Mark 7:15-20 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.

      Romans 14:14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean

      Your beliefs are yours.

      Name calling and judgment….may you receive Christ in your heart. Peace

  4. I guess it’s a good thing Noah didn’t eat some pork after God said they could eat anything. Otherwise there wouldn’t be any pigs around today!

  5. This is false. Noah knew what was clean and unclean and indeed ate only those things he knew were clean! Isaiah speaks of the end times and YAHUWSHUWAH at His coming destroying all those eating swine’s flesh and abominable things as well as the mouse in the midst of the garden behind the tree! Why is it ok for you to eat swine flesh now and you have a free pass to eat whatever you want now, but when Mashiach comes all those eating unclean beasts will be destroyed and many at that, as the prophet Isaiah declared! Plain and simple, you are wrong and misunderstanding what is being said within the Scriptures to your own destruction as Peter clearly states in the last chapter of his second epistle! You misunderstand Paul and the rest of the Scriptures unto your own destruction! You and many others will mourn who hold this false doctrine you teach and cry out, “Our fathers have inherited lies!” You preach that Mashiach came to save us from His own Commandments that He gave His servant Moses to give unto the people of YAHUWAH, Israel! This is simply not true, but rather He saved us from the Law of sin and death of which bound us to endlessly never be free of sin and to constantly commit it without fail! That is why He gives us a new heart and gives us His Ruach Ha Khodesh/Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us into all Truth. And righteousness! YAHUWSHUWAH Commanded to seek first the Kingdom of ELOHIM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (not the imaginations of our own heart) and all these things shall be added unto you! He is also the Torah/Word made flesh, did the Torah come to deny Himself and call all men to deny Himself? Any who deny Him will He deny before the Father! Therefore if you deny the keeping of the Torah, then you also deny Mashiach and are in great Sin, and as Mashiach says, you will be among the least in the Kingdom of Heaven, teaching men to ignore even the smallest of YAHUWAH/YAHUSHUWAH’s Commandments, IF you even enter at all! YAHUWAH’s people still remain only Israel, and only those that are of Israel shall enter into New Jerusalem! There are twelve gates, one for every tribe of Israel, which one will you enter? Of what tribe are you? I think you need to read Hosea as a letter personally written to you and all in the churches of which YAHUWAH hates because of their Lawlessness/Torahlessness as expressed in all the prophetic books of the Old Testament addressing the End Times and what manner of people will pretend to be the people of YAHUWAH, but not obey Him and do only the imaginations of their own hearts! (Made up convictions and church rules and new regulations and traditions of men in the churches). It is people such as you that is leading many down the wide and broad path that leads unto destruction carrying their Bibles and singing glory all the way to the great plunge off the precipice to their own destruction! The blood of how many will you be accountable for at your time of judgement? Quit lying to people who are genuinely seeking the TRUTH, you have inherited lies and are actually working as an enemy of your Creator and Redeemer and indeed deny Him, when you deny His Commandments/Whole Torah! In the end, you are calling sweet bitter, and bitter sweet! The Torah of YAHUWAH/YAHUWSHUWAH is sweet, even sweeter than the honeycomb as David so eloquently declares! He was a man after YAHUWAH/YAHUSHUWAH’s own heart! Do then say what David rightly called sweet, has now become bitter? The Torah was also referred to as perfect, and YAHUWAH/YAHUWSHUWAH’s definition of righteousness, even His righteousness, and now you say it is not perfect and needs to be revised that it be more perfect? You are in error, among many others who walk Lawless/Torahless, walking as children of disobedience, children appointed unto destruction if you continue in your error! I you love Mashiach/YAHUWAH come in the flesh, then keep His Commandments! If you do not do them and you declare you love Him, you are a liar as the Apostle John said! He also says that any who has been saved ceases from sin! Have you? What is sin? John says sin is the violation/breaking of YAHUWAH’s Commandments! Indeed we cannot conform to these in one night, and that is the grace allowing s time to conform unto the perfect image of our Mashiach, of which is the keeping of Torah, walking, even as He walked! Did He walk as a gentile and live as a gentile? Then why then do the churches cling then to such an image? He was sent only to save the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel that was scattered among all the Gentile Nations! The Ten Lost Tribes! That is why He says, my sheep hear my voice/words and the voice/words of another they will not heed! The promises are all appointed unto Israel, and no other Nation or entity! Then finally consider this! In the book of Revelation it declares that the people who will be saved and preserved in the end times, are those who keep the Commandments of YAHUWAH (all of them, or actively pursuing this goal) and who have the Faith of YAHUWSHUWAH Ha’Mashiach! Wherein does John say some Commandments are abolished and others are still preserved? Consider this also! If the Festivals are abolished and no more, as well as the Commandments, why will we who dwell in New Jerusalem at that time, and all outsiders must come to observe the Feast of Sukkot/Tabernacles, and learn the Commandments of YAHUWAH/YAHUWSHUWAH upon His holy mountain every year or else they will not receive rain, or will partake of plagues in the areas that have no rainfall? The Feasts/Festivals of YAHUWAH were never abolished and still hold true! The only thing completed temporarily is sacrifices of bollocks and rams for atonement for sin! All else continues to be true!

  6. Interesting, however, false. And here is why.

    Isaiah 66:17 says, “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,” declares the Lord.” Isaiah 66 is dealing specifically with end time prophecy. If we say that whatever is clean and unclean no longer matters, is a big stretch when coming to this passage. One argument might be that Isaiah is writing in a pre-Christ time frame, and thus doesn’t know about how the laws will be displaced in a future time. However, this argument is majorly flawed because the prophecy is made by God, and is discussing a future event, even beyond our time frame. So the moment you say, “Well, it’s fine if I eat my pig.” Go read Isaiah 66:17, and have that same mentality.

    And just for the fun of it, I’m going to quote a passage in Revelation dealing specifically with this issue.

    Revelation 18:2 says, “With a mighty voice he shouted:

    “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’[a]
    She has become a dwelling for demons
    and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.”

    Unclean birds, and unclean animals. Hmm. How can we make this distinction without the laws that tell us which animals are clean and which animals are unclean? And this is John, one of Christ’s disciples. Surely He heard Christ’s rebuttal to the Pharisees as documented in Mark 7. Why does John make a distinction here if Christ declared all foods clean? Because Christ never made all foods clean. Christ wasn’t talking about food at all.

    What about Acts 10? It was metaphorical! And even Peter was still following the commandments pertaining to clean and unclean animals. He heard Christ’s rebuttal to the Pharisees. God was talking about the relationship between the Jewish community and the Gentiles.

    What about Paul? Who said all meats are clean? In the context of the passage, he might be meaning that all sacrificial meats are clean, unless sacrificed to an idol.

    The charge still remains. We are not to eat unclean foods, or we will end up like Isaiah 66.

    Have you ever read the verse that says, “Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you”? Let’s get back on track. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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