EATING CLEAN AND NOT UNCLEAN

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FOOD GOD PERMITTED US NOT TO EAT

 

                                                                                                                                                                Aug 2021

 

  1. BLOOD
  2. UNCLEAN ANIMALS
  3. FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS

 

A.BLOOD

 

The early Church provided the following laws for the new Gentile believers.  3 were related to eating.  “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well” (Act 15:28-29).  In other words, it will not be well with you if you eat these things. Why were these laws given? Because they are hard to find in the laws given to Moses and they wouldn’t have known it. 

 

Blood refers to dry blood like blood sausages and wet blood in meat (Ezek. 33:25; Gen. 9:4; 1 Sam. 14:34; Lev. 19:26; 17:10, 13-14; Acts 15:29).  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” (Lev. 17:11).

 

 

A) Blood is not to be eaten as it is to be poured out "as" WATER (Deut. 12:16; 15:23), also consistent with putting it on the Altar etc. Therefore, blood in liquid form is not to be eaten. This means no blood soup, blood marinade or medium or rare steaks.

  

B) Meat must not be eaten from the animal while the animal is alive or with its blood (Gen. 9:4). Some places in the world keep the animal alive and cut them up while they eat them in order to keep the meat “fresh”.

 

C) In your dwellings you must not eat the blood (Lev. 7:26), meaning if you have visitors or family that want to eat it in your dwellings then don’t allow it because you will be responsible.

 

Side note: When killing an animal, it must not be slow e.g. strangled or make a hole and let the blood drain out.  It needs to be quick like slitting the throat of the animal before the sacrifice.  The Jewish gutted the burnt offering,
“he shall cut it into its pieces, with its head and its fat; and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; but he shall wash the entrails and the legs with water (removing excess blood on the exterior by washing it but the interior there is blood). Then the priest shall bring it all and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD." (Lev 1:12-13).

 

 

What about Sushi - Raw fish?

Rabbis believe it is acceptable under the law because the blood in scripture is specifically related to the blood of animals and birds. “Moreover, ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings” (Lev. 7:26).

 

Rashi - foremost Torah commentator - says on this verse:

 

My Answer:

 

 

B.UNCLEAN ANIMALS

 

There are 2 chapters in the scripture calling out clearly what are unclean animals and forbidden to eat – God says they are an abomination to eat (Lev. 11; Deut. 14).  Is there any bigger word than abomination?!  Then God ends off with the context with, “For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44).  The early church wouldn’t have missed this but would have obeyed it (2 Tim. 3:16).

 

Please note that neither Yeshua or any disciple ate anything that God said was unclean, abominable.  Yeshua didn’t make unclean food clean but made unclean people clean through His blood. In the millennium when Christ reigns what will God do to those who eat the detestable/abominable things. “For behold, the LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. "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 together," says the LORD” (Isa 66:15-17). “A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels” (Isa. 65:3-4).

 

 

Verses that seem to contradict or is it one’s understanding that is contradicted?

 

  1. “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man” (Matt. 15:11).   “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19).  Error statement: Based on this passage you can eat anything!

 

 

Response: Let’s deal with the lies that were added to the scripture by biased translators such as, “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19).  This is not in any original text.  If this is what your translation has you probably want to get rid of it as there are many more additions that are not scriptural.  Beware of wolves in sheep clothing.    

 

Regarding Matt. 15:11 - The Disciples were eating food that was defined by God as food, the issue from the Pharisees wasn’t the food but eating the food with unwashed hands.  Their hands were dirty/not washed/contaminated therefore the Pharisees said the disciples were defiling (polluting) themselves.  Yeshua turns the Pharisees statement unto them by correcting them and then implying that the Pharisees are defiled by what is coming out of their mouth (from evil thoughts).  “Not that which goeth into the mouth pollutes a man” refers to the “dirt” on the food doesn’t pollute a man not the food or what they eat. 

 

If one ignores the context and says “nothing defiles” and therefore you can eat anything then that would contradict Yeshua's context and what Yeshua says in other passages.  For example: Yeshua rebukes the church leaders for allowing people to eat things sacrificed to idols (Rev. 2:14,20), this is something that goes into the mouth!  During the millennium reign of Christ, this is what the Lord says (Isa. 66:17), “They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.”   This is something that goes into the mouth!  The early church gives 3 laws about abstaining from eating certain things, things that enter the mouth - from blood, things strangled and things offered to idols (Acts 15:29) so that it be well with them.  In other words, it will not be well with them if they don’t. This is something that goes into the mouth.  Therefore, the context is very important.  Think about it, if the Pharisees believed Yeshua said eat anything including pigs they would have stoned Him on the spot but this was never brought up as an issue against Christ then or later.  To summarize, this statement of Yeshua is to those who challenged His disciples about not washing their hands before eating.  They were making the commandment of men more important than the commandment of God (evil thoughts). They are defiled by what they were saying.  Yeshua then later explains this statement to His disciples Matt. 15:20. “... to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Stating that he is referring to eating with contaminated/dirty hands doesn't defile them.  ..... It reminds me of today in churches where washing or sanitizing hands is more important than the commandments of God.

 

2. “Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.  But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:12-14). Error statement: Based on this passage God is giving us all permission to eat unclean animals, insects or birds!

Answer: Can you eat humans or poisonous frogs? Animals are used in scripture to refer to people e.g. don’t cast your pearls before pigs (Matt. 7:6).  When Pharaoh had the dream of the thin cows eating the fat cows (Gen. 41:4), did he force feed fat cows into thin cows?  No, same with the vision given to Peter.  This was asked of Peter ~10 years after Yeshua’s resurrection.  Peter knew the interpretation was NOT about eating unclean animals but that this message was to give him license to go to the unclean people (non-Israelites), Cornelius. Peter tells Cornelius, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call ANY MAN common or unclean” (Acts 10:28).  Then later Peter repeats the situation and the interpretation to the early church, they were silent (Acts 11:1-18). Those who know God’s word like Peter and the early Church, know that this has nothing to do with eating unclean food but that “God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life” (Acts 11:18).  Now if anyone adds to this interpretation or says something against what Peter said about the vision they are speaking against God’s messenger who clearly told us what this meant.  Remember what happened to Ananias and Sapphira who lied to Peter, they died.  Peter said to them, “Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” How much worse is it to add an interpretation that Peter never added.  What about an alternative meaning?  There is no vision with animals that has an alternative meaning.  If one believes this then when Jesus said do not cast your pearls before pigs what is one’s understanding!  One could say, “This is only to women or could have alternative mean that this is for women because they wear pearls and they are not to give it to pigs”.  This is totally ridiculous, just like the interpretation that God is giving people license to eat unclean animals!

 

 

3. "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you…" (Gen. 9:3). Error Statement: Based on this passage you can eat anything that moves!

Answer: Can you eat humans, don’t they move?  If you say no, then what are you using to make that statement?  For true interpretation to exist one must look at the person who is getting the message from God and what is his understanding.  For example, if I said to my friend that he can eat anything in my house, I wouldn’t expect him to eat my furniture or dishes.  If I said, he could eat anything in my fridge, I wouldn’t expect him to eat anything that was rotten, any powder that is used to keep the fridge smelling nice, my fridge filter or any container.  Now if there was someone who came from a foreign land who I didn’t know, then I would be very specific or just take the food out. An open statement is only reserved for those who know the person well.  Noah knew God and God knew what Noah would have understood.  Keep in mind Noah already knew what were clean and unclean animals before it was written down by Moses (Gen. 7:2, 8).  God didn’t need to define it like He had to for the Israelites who had spent so much time in Egypt (the world) like so many Christians do today. 

 

How did Noah know what were clean and unclean animals?  God could have told him directly or it was passed down from Adam who ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Noah was the 10th from Adam.  Enos, Adam’s grandson, was still alive during the time of Noah.  The word “unclean” is a soft word, the actual meaning of the word is “dirty, contaminated.” In other words, God told Noah how many “contaminated” and “pure” animals were to enter the ark.  And when God says eat, which one do you think Noah would have eaten?

 

 

4. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim. 4:3-5). Error Statement: Based on this passage if you abstain from meats then you are following the doctrine of demons!

 

Answer: Please note abstaining from meats which god created to be received with thanksgiving.  What meat did God create to be received with thanksgiving?  Lev 11 & Deut. 14.  Therefore, abstain from eating a cow because some places in India say it is a sin, when God said you can eat it, is a doctrine of demons.  Similar cultural and religious practices were in Asia minor (per the context of 1 Tim. 4).  Be very careful calling the word of God a doctrine of demons as some have suggested regarding Lev. 11 & Deut. 14.  These are in fact the very verses Paul is referring to “which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and KNOW the truth.”  Some may say, Yeshua is truth.  Yeshua is truth, therefore look at His example, He never once ate unclean animals.   “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” Not that every creature on the planet is good for food, like a poisonous snake.  The word “for” is also the word “because” referring to the previous sentence.  Therefore, every creature that God has created for food is good and not to be refused.  Then continues to tell us why, because it is set apart (sanctified) by:

 

 

5. “Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” (Heb. 9:10). Error Statement: Based on this passage, the restriction on meats and drinks have all been done away with!

 

Answer: This is referring to offerings in the Temple and Sacrifices – meat and drink offering.  “…was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience” (Heb. 9:10). 

 

6. “Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him…  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…  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 14:3, 14, 17). Error Statement: Based on this passage don’t judge anyone in the things they eat, if I don’t esteem it unclean then it isn’t and the Kingdom is not in meat and drink so don’t focus on it. 

 

Answer: This entire section starts off with a statement by Paul in verse 1, “Do not dispute over doubtful things”.  The word of God from Genesis to Malachi, what they used, is not doubtful, it is very clear.  Doubtful things are those things that the scripture doesn’t provide an answer to.  Doubtful things would include, days people chose to serve God (not the day God chose), when to fast and how long to fast, how do we know if the food is sacrificed to idols or not – can we eat it when we don’t know.  These are doubtful things that these passages in Romans 14 are referring to.  It is not referring to having the “freedom” to eat unclean animals, blood or eat knowing the food is sacrificed to idols for these are clear in the scripture.  When one rereads Romans 14 based on fasting and recognising whether the food at markets is sacrificed, then it will become clear. 

 

Passages like Acts 15:29 (do not eat Blood, things strangled, things offered to idols) will not contradict passages like “I know and am convinced by the Lord Yeshua that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”  If it was a license to eating anything unclean then Paul would be contradicting both the early Church leaders (Acts  15:29) and Yeshuas words, “I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” (Rev 2:14).  Paul is not contradicting the verses, it is one’s understanding of scripture where the contradiction takes place.  Correct interpretation is when all interpretations are in harmony and there are no tension points.

 

It is correct that the Kingdom of God is not in meat and drink, meaning the Kingdom of God is not physical but spiritual.  The righteous, as Paul says, does not come by anything or anyone else except by Holy Spirit.  Just like Yahweh says “I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads” (Ezekiel 11: 9-21). (For a verse by verse commentary on Romans 14 - see below).

 

 

7. “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them… Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:11, 24). Error Statement: Based on this passage we are not under the law, therefore we can eat what we want. 

 

Answer: If we are not under the law can we commit adultery? What about eating things sacrificed to Idols?  Or what about having sex with Animals as this is not in the New Testament but in the book of Moses? So what is Paul referring to?  He is referring to the “works of the law”, “the ordinances” (Gal. 3:2).  This is everything related to the Temple and sacrifices used to cover one’s sins.  These Galatians who came to Yeshua believed they needed to go to the Temple and sacrifice animals to cover their sins.  The only way for the Gentile believers to participate would be to become Jewish, it starts with circumcision.  Therefore, the book of Galatians talks about circumcision 12 times.  Paul is shocked that they have forgotten about the reason for Christ, His sacrifice for sins and the 1st verse of Gal. 3 expresses this, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Gal. 3:1).  “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith”…in Christ (Gal. 3:24-25).  Temporary Justification by the law were by the sacrifices, it was not permanent like that in Christ. Paul is not giving licence to forsake the law of commandments which identifies sins and which Paul preaches we are to observe (Rom. 3:20; 2 Tim. 3:16).  But justification doesn’t come with the law – that is with the law of ordinances which is contained in the Temple, Sacrifices, Festivals and Priesthood.  These were only shadows for the substance is now found in Christ alone (Heb. 10:1-10).  Therefore, we are sinning if we eat pork but not justified if we don’t eat pork.  We are only living righteously as we ought.  We repent for eating pork and Christ’s blood forgives us.  How can we repent if we don’t believe it is a sin?  Like the Apostle John said, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:4-8).

 

 

8. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ….Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Col. 2:14-17).  Error Statement: We can’t judge others forwhat they eat or drink.

 

Answer: The early Church clearly provided laws about what to eat (Acts 15:29).  However, this passage in Colossians has nothing to do with food or drink that individuals eat, it has everything to do with the Temple.  Such as sacrifices, meat and drink offerings, festivals, festival sabbaths (not the 7th Day Sabbath that has nothing to do with the Temple) and new moon monthly sacrifices.  This is known as the law of ordinances (Eph. 2:15) that have been nailed to the cross, in other words, what Christ did on the cross.  “While as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building” (Heb. 9:8-11).

 

 

9. “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind… wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Col. 2:18-22).  Error Statement: We can eat what we want because we are not under the rudiment elements of the world.

 

Answer: What about tasting Blood of an animal, or tasting things offered to idols per the law given by the early Church to gentiles (Acts 15:29)?  These are commandments from God.  Paul has just finished talking about the law of Ordinances (Col. 2:14-17) and then he talks about those things that come from the commandments and doctrines of men, “after the commandments and doctrines of men” (Col. 2:22 – it is not the commandments and doctrines of God).  These commandments and doctrines of men can also be found in Jewish Talmud which includes washings, things not to touch or taste. 

10.   Jesus said, “…Into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you” (Luke 10:8).Error statement: Therefore you can eat whatever anyone puts in front of you, including pork!

 

Answer: What would they disciples have understood by that statement?  Do you thing they would have eaten a human leg (like some in the Amazon), or poisonous frog or a piece of wood or plate that the food was served on?  Of course not, therefore context is needed.  The disciples would have known what it was acceptable to eat or not based on the word of God as they were Israelites.  In addition, this statement by Yeshua was specifically to those He appointed to go into the cities of Israel, just like He said to His disciples, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:5-6).  They would have known what was unclean from the Torah and it was passed down through the centuries.  They wouldn’t be serving unclean animals.  Peter who was part of the groups Yeshua sent out, was shocked when God told him ~10 years after Yeshua was resurrected (Acts 10) to eat unclean – “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14).  He still didn’t eat it because He knew what God meant.  Therefore Peter never ate anything unclean nor thought it to be acceptable. 

 

11.  Why did the Israelites keep herds of pigs (Mark 5:11), if pigs are forbidden to eat?

 

Answer: Pigs are large garbage eaters, to help keep things clean.  In addition, during the 1st Century, Israel was occupied by Rome and Romans ate pork.  Therefore, many of the Jewish farmed pigs to supply the Romans with food.  Then one might ask – therefore they sinned because they touched the pigs!  It is not a sin to touch pigs, it is sin when one eats their flesh (abomination – Lev. 11).   

CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOOD LIST

CLEAN ANIMALS

Chew the Cud and Part the Hoof

Fish with Fins and Scales

Minnow

Birds With Clean Characteristics

 

Antelope

Anchovy

Mullet

Chicken

 

Bison (buffalo)

Bass

Perch (or bream)

Dove

 

Caribou

Black pomfret (or monchong)

Pike (or pickerel or jack)

Duck

 

Cattle (beef, veal)

Bluefish

Pollack (or pollock or Boston bluefish)

Goose

 

Deer (venison)

Bluegill

Rockfish

Grouse

 

Elk

Carp

Salmon

Guinea fowl

 

Gazelle

Cod

Sardine (or pilchard)

Partridge

 

Giraffe

Crappie

Shad

Peafowl

 

Goat

Drum

Silver hake (or whiting)

Pheasant

 

Hart

Flounder

Smelt (or frost fish or ice fish)

Pigeon

 

Ibex

Grouper

Snapper (or ebu, jobfish, lehi, onaga, opakapaka or uku)

Prairie chicken

 

Moose

Grunt

Sole

Ptarmigan

 

Ox

Haddock

Steelhead

Quail

 

Reindeer

Hake

Sucker

Swan (TBD)

 

Sheep (lamb, mutton)

Halibut

Sunfish

Teal

 

 

Hardhead

Tarpon

Turkey

 

 

Herring (or alewife)

Trout (or weakfish)

Insects

 

 

Kingfish

Tuna (or ahi, aku, albacore, bonito or tombo)

Types of locusts that may include crickets and grasshoppers

 

 

Mackerel (or corbia)

Turbot (except European turbot)

 

 

 

Mahimahi (or dorado, dolphinfish [not to be confused with the mammal dolphin])

Whitefish

 

 

 

 

UNCLEAN ANIMALS

Unclean Animals

 

Shellfish

Gull

 

Swine

Kangaroo

Abalone

Hawk

 

Boar

Llama (alpaca, vicuña)

Clam

Heron

 

Peccary

Mole

Conch

Kite

 

Pig (hog, bacon, ham, lard, pork, most sausage and pepperoni)

Monkey

Crab

Lapwing

 

Canines

Mouse

Crayfish (crawfish, crawdad)

Loon

 

Coyote

Muskrat

Lobster

Magpie

 

Dog

Opossum

Mussel

Osprey

 

Fox

Porcupine

Oyster

Ostrich

 

Hyena

Rabbit (hare)

Scallop

Owl

 

Jackal

Raccoon

Shrimp (prawn)

Parrot

 

Wolf

Rat

Soft body

Pelican

 

Felines

Rhinoceros

Cuttlefish

Penguin

 

Cat

Skunk

Jellyfish

Plover

 

Cheetah

Slug

Limpet

Rail

 

Leopard

Snail (escargot)

Octopus

Raven

 

Lion

Squirrel

Squid (calamari)

Roadrunner

 

Panther

Wallaby

Sea mammals

Sandpiper

 

Tiger

Weasel

Dolphin

Seagull

 

Equines

Wolverine

Otter

Stork

 

Donkey (ass)

Worm

Porpoise

Swallow

 

Horse

All insects except some in the locust

Seal

Swift

 

Mule

family

Walrus

Vulture

 

Onager

Without Fins and Scales

Whale

Water hen

 

Zebra (quagga)

Fish

Birds of Prey, Scavengers and Others

Woodpecker

 

Other

Bullhead

Albatross

Reptiles

 

Armadillo

Catfish

Bittern

Alligator

 

Badger

Eel

Buzzard

Caiman

 

Bat

European Turbot

Condor

Crocodile

 

Bear

Marlin

Coot

Lizard

 

Beaver

Paddlefish

Cormorant

Snake

 

Camel

Shark

Crane

Turtle

 

Elephant

Stickleback

Crow

Amphibians

 

Gorilla

Squid

Cuckoo

Blindworm

 

Groundhog

Sturgeon (includes most caviar)

Eagle

Frog

 

Hippopotamus

Swordfish

Grebe

Salamander

 

 

 

Grosbeak

Toad

 

 

Why is tuna unclean as it has microscopic scales?  

Based on whose definition are these scales.  If these were scales then ever live thing has microscopic scales, including dolphins, sharks and whales.   The Biblical definition of scales is something that is visible to the eye.  They Israelites who received it would have understood this and this would have been something they would be able to remove with the scrapping of a knife.

What about Jewish people saying Tuna is clean?  

They are wrong with many things, even major points such as Yeshua being the Messiah. 

 

C.FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS

 

Scripture regarding not eating things offered to idols can be shared from Genesis to Malachi, but we will only look at the “NT” scriptures.  Food today that would be considered as food offered to Idols: Halal food, food at various pagan festivals (Diwali, Halloween) etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

Then towards the end of the 1st century, Yeshua rebukes 2 church leaders (Rev 2:14, 20) “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication… Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”  Here Yeshua telling the leaders, who should know better (more knowledgeable and mature) that they should have stopped the teaching that believers can eat things offered to idols. This seems to contradict Paul’s statement, “there is not in every man that knowledge” (1 Cor 8:7).   

 

What is it about Paul’s verses that seem to contradict Yeshua’s words in Revelation? Or is it one’s understanding that is in contradiction? If there is an actual contradiction, surely the above verses should be enough to abstain from eating things offered to idols!  The decision-making hierarchy is first Yeshua, then early church leaders, then Paul.  Today some seem to put Paul’s words above Yeshua’s, in other words elevate Paul’s and discount Yeshua’s.  Let us look at the scripture in harmony. 

 

  1. “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend” (1 Cor 8:4-13).

 

The context is that many in Corinth were concerned about the food they were eating was sacrificed to idols, but not all foods.  Many people found out AFTER they had eaten it, or WHILST eating it.  They knew very well the commandments of the early church and this is what Paul shared with them too – do not eat things offered to idols.  This was not in dispute.  What was in dispute was what happens after they ate it unknowingly.  It wasn’t purposeful, they were convicted and felt dirty (defiled) and didn’t know what to do.  The mature Christian would know (have knowledge) that it is sanctified by the word of God (e.g. beef is ok to eat per Deut. 14) and prayer.  The mature believe would be convicted if they STARTED eating knowing it was offered to idols because they should not eat it.  If they found out DURING OR AFTER they had eaten, they would stop and not continue to eat it nor confirm it was ok. Why were they not convicted? Because they started eating, not knowing, so it was sanctified by the word of God and prayer (mature believers thanked God for their food every time before they ate like Yeshua did).  Those who are weak don’t understand that the power of prayer and sanctification is greater than the idol sacrifice (if started not knowing), and feel defiled.  Paul was setting their heart at ease because they did not eat knowingly, and only discovered that it was defiled during or after eating.

 

  1. “Whatsoever is sold in the shambles (meat market), that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10: 25-31). 

 

This is referring to eating things offered to idols and not to unclean food such as pork.  A believer would not purposefully eat things offered to idols because of instructions given in Genesis to Malachi, Yeshua’s words, the early Church, and both John and Paul’s words.  HOWEVER, if they prayed over the food and started eating without knowing, and then found out, what is it they are to do and how should they feel?  They should stop eating it and not be convicted because it has been sanctified by the word of God and prayer (1 Tim 4:5). “Word of God” means beef is clean per the word of God (Deu 14) and prayer “thanksgiving”.  

 

Notice this isn’t a believer that is consciously eating things sacrificed to idols as some would want you to believe but finds out while eating it or after.  They are not to convict themselves for it, or be scared of punishment, nothing will happen to them.  They are still to stop eating it.  In the previous few verses leading up to this, Paul sets it up, 1 Cor 10:19-22 “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?”  Hence, a believer WILL NOT KNOWINGLY eat things sacrificed to idols and think it is ok.  But Paul gives 2 exceptions to eating without knowing.  What are we to do or how should we react? 1) Someone gives you food, don’t ask them if the food was offered to Idols, but eat it.  If they tell you it was offered to idols then stop and don’t start convicting ourselves – we are not defiled.  2) They buy food in the market place and don’t know which food has been offered or not – doubtful things (Rom. 14:1).  Then it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.  BUT if we know then we are NOT to eat it.  Do not eat anything offered to Idols – period!  (this statement made by Yeshua is very clear – the church leaders who should know better and teach such).