Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Let’s take another look at that “clean” vs. “unclean” foods thing again….

YES, GOD DECLARED THAT “EVERY MOVING THING” WOULD BE FOOD FOR YOU … BUT... He was referring to "clean" animals only. Let's look at what the Bible, when read in context, reveals:

Genesis 9:3 [Speaking to Noach] "Every moving thing that lives will be food for you; just as I gave you green plants before, so now I give you everything."

Sounds like "everything" means EVERYTHING, right? Not so! See Genesis 7:2 – where YHWH tells Noach what kinds of animals to take into the Ark:

"Of every CLEAN animal you are to take seven couples, and of the animals THAT ARE NOT CLEAN, one couple".

So, Noach already KNEW which animals were clean and which were unclean! Thus, when Genesis 9:3 says "Every moving thing that lives will be food for you", it can ONLY refer to "clean" things.

Do take note of the fact that the first we hear of what humans can eat, is found in Genesis 1:29 which says, "every seed-bearing plant" and every tree with "seed-bearing fruit".

Therefore, we already have a sense that YHWH intended only certain things for us to eat, for, while telling us we can eat seed-bearing fruits and plants, it simultaneously implies that we cannot eat plants that do NOT bear seeds! This is a most important understanding.

Take note also that during the creation, YHWH gave every wild animal, bird in the air, and creature crawling on the earth "as food every kind of green plant"! So it seems that YHWH intended EVERY animal, bird and creature to eat GREEN plants!

This leads us to passages such as Mark 7:19 which many insist gives them carte blanche to eat whatever they wish. But when you really think about it, wouldn't that be accusing ELOHIM of "changing" what He originally considered to be "food"?

You see, most Greek Bible versions in Mark 7:18-20 have added the sentence, "Thus Jesus declared all foods clean" (or some form thereof). Example:

Mark 7: 18 "Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? 19 For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean.") (NIV)

Unfortunately, Yeshua never uttered those words! This sentence was added by “Greek mindsets” to support the idea that today we are allowed to eat anything we want!

But when we go back to the Torah (first five Books of the Bible), we see exactly what God said about “food”….

Leviticus 11:1 Adonai said to Moshe and Aharon, 2 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘These are the living creatures which you may eat among all the land animals: 3 any that has a separate hoof which is completely divided and chews the cud — these animals you may eat. 4-6 But you are not to eat those that only chew the cud or only have a separate hoof. For example, the camel, the coney and the hare are unclean for you, because they chew the cud but don’t have a separate hoof; 7 while the pig is unclean for you, because, although it has a separate and completely divided hoof, it doesn’t chew the cud. 8 You are not to eat meat from these or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you. (CJB)

Be sure to note that YHWH explained which of the birds and fish are considered "clean and unclean", and WHY....Take a really close look at these verses and ask yourself: "What is it about these animals which differentiates them?"

Do you see it? Clean edible animals only eat grasses! They are distinguished by a completely split hoof and chewing the cud! All others eat meat (or junk - the pig for example)! Same goes for carnivorous birds and sea life designed to clean the ocean or river floors. We aren't supposed to eat them, because they eat "unclean" things.

YHWH was clear from the beginning about what we could and couldn't eat. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 provide a list of animals that are not to be eaten as food; and included in this list of "unclean" foods are some of man's favorites: pork, shrimp, lobster, crab, catfish, squid, rabbit, squirrel, etc. - things that were meant to be the "garbage disposals" of the world!

Isn't this exciting to know? EVERYTHING we need to know is IN the Bible! Halleluyah! The proof is in the context. We even see "unclean" things mentioned in Revelation:

Revelation 18: 1. After these things, I saw another Messenger come down from heaven; and he had great authority and the earth was illuminated by his glory. 2. And he cried with a strong voice, saying: Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great: and has become a cavern of demons, and the home of every unclean spirit, and the home of every unclean and hateful bird and the home of every unclean and hateful beast of prey. (AENT)

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