I love eating! How about you? One of my favorite times of the year is Fall, Harvest time, but Summer has some real high points too. Ever eat fresh picked strawberries? How about blueberries? We cannot forget fresh apples, right off the tree! Carrots, corn, rhubarb, peaches, grapes, and the list continues on and on. Our God made all that wonderful produce. The Bible says much about food, and that is where we are headed today.
Food has been a need for man, and there are many records in the Bible about it. What we eat has changed throughout the administrations, and God has been the one to do the changing, not man. If you know little or nothing about the administrations in Scripture, we recommend a DVD class The End Times,1 which covers the topic extensively. The class belongs to another ministry, but we have nothing like it, but we will one day. We will start where food is first covered in the Bible, Genesis:
Genesis 1:29 and 30 (NIV)2
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
In the Original Paradise [the first administration], God gave the man and the woman every seed-bearing plant [every seed-bearing plant] on the face of the whole earth [from the whole earth] and every tree that has fruit with seed in it [every tree which produces fruit with seeds in it, like: apples, pears, peaches, plums, oranges, etc.]. The man and the woman never asked for the A-1 steak sauce!
All the beast, birds, the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has breath of life in it God gave every green plant for food [so in the beginning lions, tigers, and bears ate every green plant, Oh my!]. This held true until after the flood. The teeth they have today were not what they had then, and this change causes many arguments, as to why. There are those who believe it is evolution, which we disagree with. Some Christian’s teach that God changed them for a balance in nature [we refer to it, not as nature, but creation], but it is most likely that it is genetic manipulation by Satan. This way of eating continues through the Second administration [Conscience] and will change at the beginning of the third administration [Civil Government], for man and animal alike. By the way, there were no carnivores on Noah’s Ark!
Genesis 9:1–4 (NIV)
1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
This is a major change! First for the animals, which had come so freely to Noah, to be loaded on the Ark, now those animals, birds, and so on, will be full of fear and dread of man, which they did not have before. Everything that lives and moves will be food for mankind, everything means everything. God goes on and says: Just as I [God] gave you the green plants [when? at the beginning in Genesis one], I now [when, NOW] give you everything. Here I will give you an excerpt from a newsletter called: Fruit of D’Vine in their Wellness Article from June 2013, because I could not say it any better:
So how did meat get put on the menu? It was another catastrophic event, the Flood, that led to man needing animal flesh to sustain him. After the flood, God told Noah that it was okay to eat animals (Gen. 9:2 and 3). When you look at what happened in the Flood in light of our understanding of genetics, we can get an idea as to why the need for meat came about. Every time a gene pool shrinks, that species becomes weaker. Its potency decreases and the inferior traits and mutations increase. We see this today in the offspring of incestuous affairs. During the Flood, the gene pool of every kind of plant and animal, including man, shrank to miniscule proportions. Today, if there were only seven mating pairs of sheep in the world, science would declare sheep extinct. It is a testament to the Father’s incredible handiwork that from the animals on Noah’s ark, all life on earth flourished once again. However, there was a price: the potency of the original food supply was once again diluted and polluted. Man was permitted to eat animal flesh in order not to starve and to get the nutrition he needed.
Genesis 9:4, reads: “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it,” God wants us to drain the blood out of the meat, before eating, His rules for them to follow throughout the third administration [Civil Government], all the way to the fourth administration [the Law] which is where we are going next.
This time God drew a distinction between clean and unclean animals, and He was very specific, about what Israel could and could not eat. I will go through and make notes in brackets, to cover this one, as it covers all of Leviticus 11:
Leviticus 11:1–47 (NIV)
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3 You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud. 4 “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The coney, [hyrax or rock badger] though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you [Bummer! no more HoneyBaked® hams For Moses, or bacon for Joshua’s breckfast]. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you. 9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams, you may eat any that have fins and scales [so fried catfish was out]. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to detest [Shrimp and lobster was out]. 11 And since you are to detest them, you must not eat their meat and you must detest their carcasses. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you. 13 “‘These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. [The precise identification of some of the birds, insects and animals in this chapter is uncertain] 20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. 21 There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest. 24 “‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. [most of the rest of the chapter is about the clean and unclean, and understanding this will give you more answers as to what Israel could and could not eat, touch, etc.] 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash his clothes, and he will be unclean till evening. 26 “‘Every animal that has a split hoof not completely divided or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. 27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. [no wonder Israel did not have dogs as pets] 28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash his clothes, and he will be unclean till evening. They are unclean for you. 29 “‘Of the animals that move about on the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31 Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. 32 When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. 33 If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. 34 Any food that could be eaten but has water on it from such a pot is unclean, and any liquid that could be drunk from it is unclean. 35 Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. 36 A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean. 37 If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean. 38 But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you. 39 “‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches the carcass will be unclean till evening. 40 Anyone who eats some of the carcass must wash his clothes, and he will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash his clothes, and he will be unclean till evening. 41 “‘Every creature that moves about on the ground is detestable; it is not to be eaten. 42 You are not to eat any creature that moves about on the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is detestable. 43 Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. 44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. 45 I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. 46 “‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves in the water and every creature that moves about on the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.'”
There are a few finer points throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, but these are the true basics for eating under the Law. We are not Israel, and these rules may sound good, but they do not apply to Christians. So what about us living in the Grace administration [fifth administration or the administration of the Secret], have to live by for what we eat? Let us take a look at the book of Acts:
Acts 10:9–16 (NIV)
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
The next verse says: “While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision…” [17a], so whatever the trance was in verse 10, verse 17a calls it a vision. In this vision Peter got revelation that: “…all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air,” he was to get up, kill and eat. This section of Scripture has two meanings. One was that Gentiles were no longer unclean, and all those animals were now, “what is for dinner, honey?” Okay, that is my way of saying; they were on our food list. This is repeated in the next chapter:
Acts 11:5–10 (NIV)
5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ 8 “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.‘ 9 “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.‘ 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.
For many that is not enough to convince them that today we can eat anything, so the Lord also told Paul, in Romans 14. This entire chapter is wonderful about how we should live and work together. Please at some point read the entire chapter, but we will now look at certain verses:
Romans 14:2 and 3 (NIV)
2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
Sounds like if you eat everything, it is ok, because God accepts you, but do not look down on those who do not, it goes both ways. Look at these verses:
Romans 14:15 (NIV)
If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.
This ties in with walking in love [see article: Super Compassionate Devotional Love], if I am eating foods, in front of you, that you do not think I should eat, I am not walking in love. We do not want to cause our brothers problems. Look at this:
Romans 14:20 and 21 (NIV)
20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
“All food is clean,” that is what it says, but there is a contrasting “BUT” followed by “…it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.” We can eat any food, but when and where we do is important, so as to not cause a brother to stumble. It is all about walking in love. Hey, if I am going out to eat, with a new believer, I always let them order first, so I do not upset them, by what I eat. The simplest thing may cause a brother to fall and if we have the Bible as our standard for faith and practice, then love is where we live, even if I wanted a steak. If I do not know you well, I will eat what you have, so as to not cause you to fall. It is a love thing!
I was asked why I did not mention not eating MSG, GMO’s, or the like. I will leave those teachings for another time. I close with this, there are three more administrations [Tribulation (the sixth), Paradise (the seventh), and Everlasting Kingdom (the eighth and final)]. In the sixth and seventh, they are under the Law again and follow the rules in Leviticus, the eighth is Paradise regained, and things will be as God wanted them in the beginning. WOW, I can hardly wait to see a lion eat straw! Take a look at these verses:
Isaiah 11:6–8 (NIV)
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
Isaiah 65:25 (NIV)
The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.
For us, we can eat what we want, but it is the where and when, by walking in LOVE, that separates us from the rest of the world. Now that is eating and living right! Come and get it!