Eating unclean foods
February 16, 2023
So, we know this meeting is in no way going to be comprehensive, and that one is responsible for researching on their own in order to arrive at truth, and then to practice it . . . truth. The whole of Hebrew thought is to practice it, which is called halacha (ha-LA-cha, to walk).
Middle Eastern minds are sometimes wrapped around what is functional, and the opposite which is dysfunctional. Functional includes purpose, what is its purpose, its contribution to life.
All life forms on the earth are consumers, that is how we were created, to consume. In the beginning, the Lord established what was good to consume and what was not good to consume. This was to assist the man and woman in discerning what would be functional for them in life. The application would also spill over to other decision-making processes they would experience.
The couple in the Garden were never instructed to not eat from the Tree of Life, it was functional, it was clean food. However, the man and woman were commanded to not eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; it was dysfunctional, unclean. God was clear when He told them the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would bring the curse upon them, and that curse was death. This includes all their offspring inheriting diseases, and unpredictable events that bring death (murder, intentional, unintentional; weather extremes; earthquakes; in ancient times it was animal attacks, etc.).
So, the man and woman not only would experience physical death, but spiritual death, and we know this from the word that an animal (as a form of atonement) was slaughtered so they could be covered. They had lost their spiritual covering. Genesis 3:21. This ministry of atonement was just temporary at that time, and in the Temple—until the sacrifice of Christ, and the ministry changed.
Adam and Eve immediately degenerated, and the process of death took effect.
Adam and Eve were given two paths: the path of blessing and the choice of the curse. This is a repeated pattern, or theme, found throughout the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings. The blessing (increase, prosperity, rain, and flocks, children) if Israel would carefully obey all His commandments, and the curse of chaos, loss, disease, slavery, exile, and death if they do not carefully obey His Teachings.
It is food that got Adam and Eve into deep spiritual trouble and it could not be changed no matter how much they regretted it. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge was so serious, they were driven, or forced out (they were exiled) of Gan Eden, the Garden of Eden (means delight), and the possibility exists Eden was what the earth was called in the ancient past.
Blessings and curses are explained in Deuteronomy 11, and 28
We find food sometimes comes up as an issue in the epistles, whether it is the table of fellowship, or meat offered to idols; and Yeshua had some strong words against two churches in Revelation, Pergamos and Thyatira, on meat offerings to idols.
11 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. 3 Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. 4 Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
9 “These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. 10 But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets) to you. 11 You shall regard them as detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets); you shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall detest (abomination, Hebrew shaqats) their carcasses. 12 Everything in the waters that does not have fins and scales is detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets) to you.
Water creatures that are bottom feeders (poop eaters) such as lobster, crab, shrimp, they all possess chitin; and mice, also. These are abominations, detestable.
Quen and I on occasion listen to Mike Adams, and he does his own studies with foods, fungi, Genetically Modified Food, etc. He has interesting things to say about how these things effect the body; and he covers current events in the nation and the world, what the Beast System doctors are doing with medicine, etc.
About Chitin: It’s a substance found in exoskeletons of crabs and insects — and often in your lungs. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you are constantly breathing in a mixture of microscopic substances in the air that contain chitin, such as dust mites and fungal spores. Because of its sturdiness and foreign nature, chitin in our lungs must be removed. How it is removed and whether it has any deleterious effects remain unclear. However, a recent study suggests that chitin may cause lung diseases and that our bodies rely on a certain enzyme to get rid of it.
The study went on to confirm these findings in humans. The researchers examined individuals with inflammatory lung disease as well as healthy controls without lung disease and found that those with pulmonary fibrosis had much more chitin in their airways than healthy individuals did.
13 “And these you shall detest (abomination, Hebrew shaqats) among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets): the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, the falcon of any kind, 15 every raven of any kind, 16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, 18 the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, 19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.
20 “All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets) to you. 21 Yet among the winged insects that go on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to hop on the ground. 22 Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. 23 But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets) to you.
Insects possess chitin, it means it is indigestible, creates diarrhea.
24 “And by these you shall become unclean. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening (because evening in Genesis 1 begins a new day), 25 and whoever carries any part of their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 26 Every animal that parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean. 27 And all that walk on their paws, among the animals that go on all fours, are unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 28 and he who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.
29 “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 31 These are unclean to you among all that swarm. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 32 And anything on which any of them falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is an article of wood or a garment or a skin or a sack, any article that is used for any purpose. It must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; then it shall be clean. 33 And if any of them falls into any earthenware vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean, and you shall break it. 34 Any food in it that could be eaten, on which water comes, shall be unclean. And all drink that could be drunk from every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 And everything on which any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean. Whether oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces. They are unclean and shall remain unclean for you. 36 Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, but whoever touches a carcass in them shall be unclean. 37 And if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be sown, it is clean, 38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.
39 “And if any animal which you may eat dies, whoever touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 40 and whoever eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening (evening begins a new day, Genesis 1). And whoever carries the carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.
41 “Every swarming thing that swarms on the ground is detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets); it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, any swarming thing that swarms on the ground, you shall not eat, for they are detestable (abomination, Hebrew sheqets). 43 You shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, and you shall not defile yourselves with them, and become unclean through them. 44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
46 This is the law about beast and bird and every living creature that moves through the waters and every creature that swarms on the ground, 47 to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean and between the living creature that may be eaten and the living creature that may not be eaten. ESV
Unclean creatures are dysfunction and toxic. Their function is to clean the environment of death, decay, and excrement. Unclean is unholy and defiles the temple of His people. They carry parasites, infection and disease.
The program 60 Minutes did a segment on an FDA agent who tried to inspect a pig farm, and the farm would not permit the FDA agent on its property. This agent also gave some information that pigs are fed bags of antibiotics every day, because they are so infected. Whatever is fed to these animals are also ingested by consumers.
There are horror stories connected to people who have eaten pigs, such as parasite invasion in the brain (one case was told nothing could be done about it), also, other forms of parasites in the lungs, and others in the gut. On a social media site, a personal testimony of a woman whose husband was one time a butcher of pigs, she stated that no matter how much you cook pork, the parasites are never really killed. This is the reason in the Torah vessels were to be destroyed that came in contact with unclean animals.
Pork is a red meat, but it’s often called “the other white meat.” This is because it’s a source of lean protein, like poultry. Pork has moderately high amounts of purines, however. Purines are compounds that produce uric acid when digested. Uric acid can build up in your joints and cause gout.1
Eating a lot of pork and other kinds of red meat, including organ meats like liver and kidney, increases your risk of recurrent gout attacks.1
If you have gout, it is important to maintain a low-purine diet. To do this, it’s helpful to know the difference between cuts of pork and cooking methods. You should also know how much pork is recommended daily for people who have gout.
Pork can also be a significant source of unhealthy saturated fats and cholesterol. This is particularly true of fattier and highly processed cuts like: sausage, pork belly and ribs.
Avoid pig organ meats, which are all high in purines. These include: liver, heart, kidney and brain.
We are close to the end of this session.
John the Baptist
John the Baptist quite possibly did not eat insects as some translators understood, he ate from the Carob tree which is a locust bean tree.
On a tour of Israel 2011, the tour guide told us he ate from the locust bean tree.
The carob seed has its own unique flavor. Ground into powder form, it is reminiscent of chocolate, and Jews use it as a dairy substitute in foods eaten with meats. But a fresh pod tastes like a date. The green young pods can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable, while smashed seeds of the dried pods can be cooked as porridge. The carob pod is rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and copper, as well as a range of other essential vitamins.
What does abomination mean in Hebrew?
Baash- to smell bad; to be offensive. This word is translated times into “stink”.
Pigguwl- to stink. For example, to be unclean ceremonially is abominable.
Shiqquwts- disgusting; filthy; idolatrous or an idol. It is translated into “abomination” 20 times and “detestable things” 5 times. Mostly, this word is used to express God’s hatred of the entire system of idolatry.
Shaqats- an idolatrous object.
Sheqets- an idolatrous object.
Tow’ebah- something disgusting; an abhorrence; idolatry; an idol. This Hebrew word is translated abomination 113 times.
To’ebah describes someone or something as unique in the sense of being sinister, dangerous, and repulsive to another person. In reference to God, this word is used to describe things, people, acts, characteristics, and relationships that are hated by Him because they go against His nature. For example, in Deuteronomy 14:3, it’s used in relation to death and idolatry. People with loathsome habits are disgusting and detestable to Him. There are times when this word is used to describe pagan objects and practices. It’s used in Deuteronomy to warn the Israelites about taking the golden idols of worship, He tell them to burn them and not take them into their house because they are accursed.
Also, this word is used in Ezekiel to describe the failures to observe divine regulation.
Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you—therefore this says the Lord God: Indeed, I even, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. And I will do among you judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations (Hebrew to’ebah).
Abominations lead to destruction along with all the other sins, because they do not exhibit the character, the holiness of God. Abominations are sins. When it is stated that “you shall not,” it is a commandment, or teaching, of God to not eat the unclean, and breaking His commandments without repentance brings death. Not observing or practicing His word is the same as idolatry. The unclean thing becomes one’s idol, or god, that is above God.
Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed.
Is eating cheese, or milk, with meat a sin, or abomination?
Sometimes this is a question asked because Jews observe waiting a period of time between consuming certain dairy products and meat, but the Torah does not prohibit. As stated, it is a tradition among the Jews.
18 And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks[a] of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
The Teachings of God were instructions to live inside the will of God. So many people ask: What is God’s will for my life? For years it was not obvious to me, but the Torah, the Prophets, and Writings explains His will for us. And being in the flesh we will live, or practice, what is most comfortable for us. We live by sight, flesh, appetite, or idolatry, rather than the Spirit. We forget to fear Him, in that we will stand before Him to give account of our lives according to the Torah. We do not possess the authority to destroy/abolish His laws that provide right living before Him. Where there is no law, there is no sin. However, we have inherited the Teachings that provide us His will, and once it is read, then we become responsible for our actions or inactions.
I pray we will learn to love God more than ourselves. The first Teaching is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and all our strength. This means to love God more than ourselves.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. NKJV