Saturday, June 18, 2011

Food 4 Thought... Bring a Plate*

The God of the Bible set out for His people things that are to be eaten, and things that should not be eaten. One excuse that is commonly used as to why it is ok for modern Christians to eat prohibited items such as Pork, Catfish, Shrimp etc is that those foods were only prohibited to the nation of Israel. All the people in the Bible that are mentioned before Moses, (Leviticus) did not have to adhere to the laws of kosher meat.
This is simply not the case.
 The commandments of God have been in place since the beginning.
They did not begin on Mt. Sinai!

When God asked Cain if he killed his brother Abel, Cain did not say yes.
He said, "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9)
Cain lied because he knew that murder was a sin. At this time there are NO Israelites on the earth.

Noah also, knew the commandments of God. As the story is ususally told, Noah filled the Ark with every animal 2 by 2.
"... of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive." (Genesis 6:19-20)

The only problem with the above scripture is, that to have understanding on this matter we must continue to read...

3 verses later in chapter 7 we learn more:
 "Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female." (Genesis 7:2)
Have you ever heard this part in the song of the story of Noah?

So if it only takes 2 to procreate, the question begs to be asked as to why Noah would bring 7 of every 'Clean Beast' into the Ark?

There are two answers;

         1. "And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour..." (Genesis 8:18-22)
After the waters of the flood receeded off the earth, Noah being thankful for being spared offered a sacrifice to the Most High God. Noah of course being called a righteous man in chapter 7 verse 1, understood that you can only sacrifice 'Clean' (kosher) animals to the True and Living God. Therefore it was necessary to bring 7 because had he only brought 2 and sacrificed 1 the animal left wouldn't be able to be fruitful and multiply and replensih the earth.

          2. "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things" (Genesis 9:3)
Before the flood of Noah people did not eat meat. It was therefore necessary to bring 7 of every animal that God deemed 'clean' since Noah and his seed would now eat meat.


Some still try and use the last scripture I quoted to say that we can eat ALL meats. Because it says Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, and I given you all things.
There are other scriptures like this in the New Testament also.


"I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean." (Romans 14:14)

What is this verse saying? That meat is only unclean to the one who says its unclean??

1st of all we should be mindful that verse '14' is in the middle of the chapter. What is the subject of this chapter? Paul is here speaking about people who are "Vegetarians," those whom refuse ALL meats! and verse 3-23 explains that if eating meat (any kind of meat) offends a brother/sister who does not eat meat at all, then we should not eat meat so that our brother/sister wont have a stumblingblock and will be able to recieve the truth.

But even if you disagree with that logic I agree with verse 14, Pork is only unclean to the one who calls it unclean.
The only problem is that the True and Living God is the one who called it unclean.

"Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean."
 (Leviticus 20:25)

May The Lord Add a Blessing to Reading of His Word...


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