There are many items that God declared to be un-clean and one can read of them in chapter eleven of Leviticus and also in the fourteenth chapter of Deuteronomy. The word un-clean is tame’, pronounced taw-may’ from 2930; foul in a relig. sense:–defiled, + infamous, polluted (-tion), unclean. The list of items given that are food for consumption and un-clean are written twice so that we do not forget or make any excuses.
1st Timothy 4:4-5 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.
Everything God created is good, but not everything created by God is food. No matter how one prays over their personal food choices, God would never change His mind and sanctify anything as clean (Tahor) and or available for our food consumption if He has already declared it un-clean. (Tame)
Isaiah 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.
People have tried to work their way around this by saying that back in the day, area’s that folks kept their animals was an un-clean environment. God didn’t declare their environment un-clean, He declared certain creatures un-clean by the basis of His determining factors and not mans. For instance, a camel chews it’s cud but their hoof is not divided. This animal is clearly not for food consumption.
There are creatures in the waters that are not considered as food for our consumption either because they too; are un-clean. God didn’t declare their environment un-clean either, however He did know why He placed them in their environment and He clearly placed them there for a purpose.
For instance, all the fish that swim above, drop their fecal matter into the water above the Crustaceans that eat the fecal matter off the bottom of the oceans floor. One can eat all that are in the waters as long as it has both fin and scale. Anything that does not have a fin and scale is to be an abomination to us. Typically a Crustacean’s body is covered with a hard shell or crust which include the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc.
The word abomination is sheqets, pronounced sheh’-kets from 8262; filth, i.e. (figuratively and specifically) an idolatrous object:–abominable (-tion.
There are certain birds and other flying creeping things that are declared un-clean to us if we partake of them. Animals that go upon their paws and certain bugs are declared un-clean as well and not considered for our consumption; food to be eaten.
Man calls this the dietary laws of meats. The Torah reads clearly that this is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. ~ Leviticus 11:46-47
Has God changed His mind? And if so, where is the scriptural proof? To say that Yahushua’s death on the cross made certain items clean that are unclean is a gross misunderstanding of why He shed His blood. According to the author of the letter to the Hebrews, Yahushua suffered death outside the gate, in order to make ‘the people’ holy through His own blood, not creatures, fish, fowl or beasts. (13:8)
Perhaps on a side note, one ought to pay more attention to the fact that demon spirits are spoken of as un-clean and just maybe there is more to this story than we know. After all, man himself says “You are what you eat!”
God didn’t give us these laws just for fun. He really cares about our health. What was it that John the Disciple said? “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” John felt the same way as God does. He wants us to have a healthy, clean and pure life. The Lord commanded us to do all these statutes … for our good always, that He might preserve us alive.
Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
Go read it for yourself. Read it for the first time if you must, but read about it and study to show yourself approved. Does God change like a shifting shadow? Is He still the same today as He was yesterday? Just because man ‘think’s to change God’s law, doesn’t mean that God does. In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, God very clearly points out the groups of what is clean and unclean. Read both chapters in full.
We know that like the Sabbath, the creatures deemed clean and unclean predate the giving of the law. By the time of the giving of the Law, God had not changed His declaration by command. God told Noah to make a distinction between the clean and unclean animals when they were brought onto the ark. This is how we know that clean and unclean distinction was not original with Moses. God had cleansed the earth and yet these creatures were still deemed un-clean even after God saved the animals that were on the ark. The animals that went into the ark came out the very same way that they went in. God did not sanctify them in the flood.
From the meditations of the law of God, we find the following script in the Psalms: Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:160
What does this mean? A reader should know that var rash, or raash, is the root in the word ‘beginning’ or rosh. Every word God has spoken from the first in Genesis to the end of the law and prophets and Revelation is the fountain of truth, is true and in due time shall be fulfilled and will forever be true; without end. The beginning of His word and the end of His word shall always remain truth. He is Alpha and Omega and God’s testimony will never change.
We, as believers, are to stand out from among the crowd. Not eating certain creatures is one of the ways we stand out because we are obedient to God. These types of diets may be okay for secular people, but not for believers. Not to mention, our digestive system hasn’t changed from creation on, so why would we now eat that which is unclean?
Not only does the command of not eating un-clean and eating clean go back to the time of the ark; it goes all the way back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve what to eat and what not to eat. He told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge. It was a sin to eat of that tree because God Himself told them not too. God was testing the obedience of Adam and Eve, and Satan knew it. That is why Satan went right to work on Eve. She fell in her obedience and Adam did as well because her husband was right there with her.
Genesis 3:6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
It was Hasatan who convinced them to eat the fruit which was forbidden back then, the same way that he has convinced people of this age to eat the un-clean forbidden creatures now. It is a choice to sin or not to sin. It is a choice to be obedient or to not be obedient. Is Hasatan still trying to get us to eat things that God has declared un-clean?
What does this teach us even more deeply? The law of the clean and un-clean shows us the distinct difference that our choice makes. It is a choice of life or death, the kingdom of righteousness, right living and life everlasting or the choice of sin and death because we would rather usurp His authority over us. This is what it boils down too.
If one looks to Acts chapter 10, regarding Peter’s vision about the sheet, three times the sheet comes down from heaven filled with unclean animals. Scholars agree that this takes place almost nine years after the crucifixion. Peter confesses to God and says “I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” If everything were now deemed clean because of the work at the cross, why is Peter still confessing to GOD that he is STILL not eating un-clean? Did someone fail to tell Peter something or is it just the plain simple fact that Peter was still walking in obedience? He confessed to the Almighty God that he was.
Some people try to use this passage to say that this is where God said that we can eat anything. Isn’t God just so remarkable to teach Peter is such a way? First of all, where was Peter when he had this vision of the un-clean animals in the sheet? He was staying at the home of a tanner who lived by the sea. Surely, this tanner had to have dealt with both clean and unclean dead animals in his profession.
This passage is obviously not about the items that were in the sheet. Peter himself admitted in Acts 10:28 that he thought it was unlawful for a Jew to keep company with someone from another nation, not that of his own. But God had showed him the truth and that is why Peter relented and went and preached to Cornelius the gospel (Repentance).
What is Peter’s confession? Acts 10:28 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.
Peter said that Yahwey showed him not to call any ‘man’ common or unclean. It was never about diet, it was always about the ‘man’ Cornelius that Yahwey had already cleansed but had not yet heard about Messiah. Cornelius was already walking in Torah. He had not yet heard of Messiah. That is why Yahwey sent Peter to visit Cornelius.
Thus the Gentiles were included into God’s perfect plan. They always had been but this is another subject for later. However, this passage is to teach us about the unclean and impure that only God can refine and purify.
I only bring this passage up to remind folks that Peter is confessing to GOD, that he does not eat items that are common or unclean, far beyond the crucifixion. The reason for the vision did not have anything to do with our digestion. It has to do with our attitudes towards social and racial indifference of groups that we might think are unclean people. How will God use us if we have these unjust and biased attitudes for the common race that God created?
But while we are here, the creatures in the sheet are animals that are non-kosher or treif, meaning torn or slain by predators and not used for sacrifice. Animals that were offered in sacrifice were considered as given to God, similar to the folks that Yahwey would call out of Babylon to live in righteousness.
Peter knew that God never could or would, go back on His own word and tell Peter to sacrifice that which is un-clean or impure like the items that were in the sheet. This is why Peter stopped and thought on the vision. Peter had continued to abstain from that which is un-clean long after the crucifixion. Even Peter knew that grace does not mean to compromise. However, Peter needed to learn from God first that he would need to arise, go to the Mountain of the LORD and repent, (Sacrifice) conquer (kill) this false teaching that he couldn’t join with the Gentiles. It simply was not true that Peter could not join and commune (eat) with the folks at the house of the Centurion. Peter just needed to receive (eat) the truth before going to meet with Cornelius. Thus, “Arise , Peter, kill and eat.”
It was Peter himself who explained to Cornelius that God had shown and taught him
about the items that were in the sheet represented unclean . What Peter did not know was that Cornelius was a just man who worked righteousness (VS 35), one that already feared God and had a good reputation among the Jews. What Cornelius did not have was the knowing that he needed to hear, repent and believe on the name of Yahushua and receive remission of sin. Peter’s own personal prejudice against the Gentiles, might have prevented him from going to the house of Cornelius. We can all be thankful that the Lord intervened and prepared Peter for this mission of service.
Acts 10:28 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.
Koinos (impure) can only refer to something that was originally clean before becoming contaminated by contact with something that is unclean. This is both a daily visible and physical reminder of how our choices affect us. Not only is our inner man trained for obedience and compliance but our outward man is as well. We are simply not to follow the customs of the rest of the nation around us. We are to be holy and set apart for Him. Only God can take someone that is koinos (Impure) and make them clean (Tohar).
Our testimony should stand firm in obedience. Our testimony of our outward man should testify to the inner man, the difference between the Holy and profane AND that we are able to discern between the unclean and the clean, both of all creatures and humanity alike. It is not up to us to be scornful towards those who do not walk as we walk. Like Peter who did not know that Cornelius was a just man who feared God, we do not know the heart of man like God does if they are common or un-clean. We do not know the path that God has prepared before them.
We have to separate ourselves from our natural man whose desire it is to eat anything that we want AND to stop having un-clean thoughts about all mankind in general. What God calls clean, we are not to call common. God created the original man to be clean before man became koinos (impure) and contaminated by his disobedience to God.
To keep this account of Peter and Cornelius into it’s proper perspective, the Holy Ghost fell upon them all while Peter was still speaking and giving testimony. God didn’t even wait until Peter was finished to pour out His power upon them. Peter needed to watch God in action, to strengthen his future testimony and to completely cleanse Peter of the prejudice in his heart, as well as the hearts of the other Jewish folks who had come with Peter (VS 45).
May the God of Peace make you completely holy by whatever means He chooses and that your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto The Return. He Who calls you is faithful will also ‘do it’ ~ poieo, pronounced poy-eh’-o ~ help you trust and obey.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.