Faith
Wednesday February 14, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"God’s food laws"
It may benefit you to reconsider God’s Food Laws as many feel that the Old Testament food laws have been done away with. It’s important to seek the truth as most want to live a healthy life. First you must understand that breaking God’s Food Laws is not a sin that requires repentance; it will however, affect your health and longevity. Our goal is to place you in a position to answer one question: Does God’s Word show you how to live a longer and healthier life by eating the right food?

You find God’s Food Laws in the book of Leviticus as you closely examine a couple of them before making a decision as to their health worthiness. You now go to God’s Word as He shares His Wisdom with you regarding fat consumption: Chapter 3 verses 16-17 KJV is where He’s speaking:

[16] And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the Lord's.

[17] It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

His message is clear: don’t eat fat for it belongs to Him! Additionally, you only partake of animals that have been bled with all visible fat removed. Broiling or grilling the meat is the healthy way to cook as it removes the remaining fat.

You continue with the food laws in Leviticus as you study two of the available meat choices; one clean and one unclean. Leviticus 11:3 KJV describes one of the clean choices:

Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

Cattle fit into this grouping as they’re clovenfooted animals that chew the cud. God considers them clean which means they’re good for you to eat.

Leviticus 11:7-8 KJV describes one of the unclean choices:

[7] And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

[8] Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

Unlike cattle, the swine falls into the unclean grouping, the group that’s unfit for consumption. Pigs are scavengers that God placed here to help keep the earth clean.

Leviticus, chapter 11 is where God talks about the other land animals, fowls of the air and all creatures that live in water, both clean and unclean. He placed the unclean here to keep the earth clean; consuming them will make you sick.

It’s good that we consider the views of those who feel that the food laws have been done away with; they feel that their views are supported by God’s Word.


 

They’ll refer you to the Book of Acts, chapter 10 where Peter is receiving a vision from God. A sheet is sent down to him from heaven as you discern: Is our Heavenly Father doing away with the food laws? Continuing to discern, you begin in verse 11 of Acts 10:11-15 KJV as you read:

[11] And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

[12] Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

[13] And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

[14] But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

[15] And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

[16] This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

[17] Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,

Doubting himself, Peter continues to have difficulty understanding why God continues to lower this sheet of unclean food to him. Is it possible that God is sending Peter a message that has nothing to do with food, considering that Peter was never given the opportunity to partake of the unclean animals; God did return them and the sheet to heaven? Something that God said is staying in Peter’s thoughts: “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common”.

God takes note: Peter has refused to deliver God’s message of salvation to the Gentiles; he considers them to be unclean and common. God expects more from Peter as He now sends the Roman Centurion, Cornelius to him.

God’s message: “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” finally gets through to Peter. You grasp his understanding as you read Acts 10:28 KJV:

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

The vision has become clear in its entirety; Gentiles cannot be considered unclean or common because God’s message of salvation is intended for everyone. Moving forward to Verse 45 you see the results of Peter’s acceptance and understanding as you read:

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

God’s vision bears fruit as Peter understood then, that that you understand now: (1) God’s food laws remain intact and (2) Gentiles are not second class citizens.

Perhaps you’re beginning to recognize that God’s Food Laws have not changed as there’s really no reason for them to change. God’s Word is the same today as it was then and it will be the same tomorrow; you can count on it!

Getting hungry? God’s Cook Book provides you with tonight’s dinner selection:

  1. Fresh Vegetable salad (olive oil & vinegar)
  2. Grilled New York Steak (smothered in onions)
  3. Baked potato in the jacket
  4. Steamed asparagus
  5. Hot garlic Bread
  6. Angel Food cake (fruit topping)

How can we afford such a sacrifice? ….Enjoy!

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com