Venom Removal Series Leviticus 3 is the third article of the series. Click here to read the earlier articles.
Clean and Unclean Food (Leviticus 11)
I hope you are aware of the kosher(clean) and unkosher(unclean) foods laws of the book of Leviticus. God declared certain foods to be clean (Kosher) and certain as unclean. For instance, Israelites could eat the territorial animals that had hoofs divided and which chewed the cud, like a lamb, cow etc, but not those which did not fit in criteria mentioned. For example, pig though its hoofs were divided yet it not chewed the cud was unclean.
So such animals were unclean and un-kosher. Similarly, aquatic animals, which had fins and scales (fishes), were allowed, but others without fins and scales were forbidden. Then among the aerial ones, the winged insects like grasshopper and locusts were kosher, but the eagle, ostriches, bats, owls etc were forbidden. A detailed list of clean and unclean foods is given in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14:1-21.
The above set of commandments “You can eat this food, but eating that food is forbidden” seems similar to the commandment given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Like Adam and Eve, Jews were given instruction to stay away from the forbidden food. Adam was removed from the presence of God for eating the forbidden fruit and likewise, Israelites would become unfit for the holy presence if they ate unclean food (remember uncleanness is a sign of human inability to come in the fellowship with Holy God. Being unclean by food or any other medium signified that such person cannot have communion with Holy God unless his uncleanness is removed) (c.f. Lev 20:25, Lev 11:31, Num 5:2, Gen 3:23).
|Adam and Eve||Leviticus|
|a Certain Fruit was forbidden||Certain foods were forbidden|
|Eating forbidden fruit removed them from the presence of the Holy God and death passed from him to the ensuing generation.||Eating forbidden food made them abominable in the sight of God (Lev 20:35), and they were removed from camp for becoming defiled by the touch dead corpse (c.f. Rev 21:27, Num 5:3)|
Apart from Leviticus 11, we also read about clean and unclean animals in the story of Noah where seven pairs of clean and one pair of unclean animals were given entry into his ark (Gen 7:2-3). But here in Noah’s story, God permitted Noah to consume unclean animals (Gen 9:3). Where Israelites were forbidden to eat the unclean animal, Noah could eat both clean and unclean animals (Gen 9:3). Comparing Noah’s aftermath of the flood situation with the New Testament situation, we find that even the New Testament church is allowed to eat all animals, irrespective of their categorization into clean or unclean.
The Re-creation and Restoration Laws
Just as Noah’s flood was an outpouring of God’s wrath on the sinful world, the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross is also seen as an event where God’s wrath was poured out. In the latter case, the wrath was borne by Jesus Himself (c.f. Isa 53:6, 10) and we can take refuge in his sacrifice for our atonement. And thus the “external laws of eating this and not that” of Mosaic law was removed for New Church just like it was not applicable on New creation in Noah (c.f. Acts 10, Acts 15, Gen 9:3).
|Noah's Post Flood World||New Testament World|
|God said to Noah you can eat all animals clean and unclean. I have given all animals for you as food (Gen 9:3, c.f. I Timothy 4:4).||God said to Peter, What God hath cleansed call it not unclean (Acts 10).|
|But a stipulation was added to no laws situation that by instructing Noah to stay away from meat with blood.||Stipulation was added to no laws on New Church that stay away from meat offered to idol and meat with blood|
The point is that No food was ever a reason for human defilement (Mark 7:19, Romans 14:3)! Jesus made it clear that food that goes inside does not defile or make us unclean but what comes from within (Mark 7:15). To Peter, it was told to rise and kill unclean animals and eat. Call it not unclean what God has cleansed (Acts 10:9-15). It is not food but the sins that defile us.
Gentiles themselves were never the problem, nor the food (I Tim 4:4). These external dietary laws were a forerunner and a type for us to stay holy and unclean from worldly ways. See more of passages related to food in I Corinthians 8:1-13, Hebrews 13:9, Romans 14:3, Col 2:20-21, Acts 10:9-16, Mark 7:13,19, Acts 15:29).
Does consuming medicine Defile the Body?
Paul says that it Spirit that gives life, letters and texts do not (c.f. 2 Corinth 3:6). Not only circumcision but all of the civil laws, ceremonial laws, were not as literal as they appeared. We in the New Testament are forbidden to follow Old Testament laws in the literal sense (outwardly). Practising these outwardly is work of deceiving Spirit (I Timothy 4:3).
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.1 Tim 4:1-3
The Doctrine of Demons
We know of certain so-called Christian groups in our midst that fulfil this prophecy of I Timothy 4:1-3. The Seventh-day Adventists(SDA) believes in clean and unclean food, teaching their followers to abstain from certain meat as it is prophesied in I Timothy. This SDA group also teaches that Jesus is not God but an angel. No wonder such teachings proceeding from the deep hell.
TPM celibates also teach an altered version of this SDA teaching. TPM celibates who “forbid—to—marry,” preach that eating medicine will defile your bodies. They teach that once you take medicine into your mouth then your bodies will not undergo metamorphosis. Jesus made it clear that nothing that goes within from our mouth can defile our bodies (Mark 7:19). My point is that these self-acclaimed TPM ministers have altered the teachings of Jesus.
Where Jesus said nothing that goes inside defiles a man spiritually, there are these white frauds who teach that medicines will! Just like the prophecy in Timothy says that forced celibacy and abstinence from certain food will be the teaching of the seducing spirits, so do we find it in TPM.
Claiming to be led by the Spirit they are led by mere texts and letters. Let me demonstrate a few more examples. As laws of Moses laid external rules of dressing (see Lev 19:19), like do not wear clothes made up of mixing two materials (Lev 19:19), so do these TPM literalists have laws of what to wear and what not to. They teach to wear white only and do not wear Jeans or coloured clothes. For the white-clad ministers of TPM wearing a wristwatch is a crime. These “whitewashed tombs” though living in New Testament live as though they live in the Old according to letters.
|Literal Laws Given to Moses||Literal interpretation in the New Testament|
|Circumcision||Judaisers: Circumcision (Read Galatians)|
|Food (consuming something that makes you unclean)||TPM: Taking medicine makes your bodies unclean, unworthy of rapture Seventh Day and a few other cults: Unclean food lists giving it a scientific angle that God had modern health science in mind while giving dietary laws.|
|Laws regarding clothes||TPM: White clothes, no Jeans, No coloured clothes, no tattoo etc (Modernised cult dressings)|
|Sabbath Day||TPM: Sunday Attendance is a Must|
|Physical Temple is the House of God||TPM building(Faith Homes) is house of God|
|Tithes in the Old Testament||Twisted Monetary Tithes introduced and extended from the Old Testament.|