You Are What You Eat

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Shalom everyone. For years I have found this topic to be polarizing and viciously defended by those who don't want you messing with their food. Maybe it shouldn't be surprising then that the Creator uses the topic of food to teach us of life or death principles. Bon appetit! Approximately 1.5 hours.

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4 Responses to You Are What You Eat

  1. Janet Martin says:

    I understand all of this and the Scriptures you pointed out but what about Mark 7:18 – 23 where Yeshua says that nothing that goes into the stomach of a man makes him unclean. In the NIV, there is a parentheses right after verse 19 that says “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean””

    • Bill says:

      Janet; First thanks for the comment. As far as the Scripture you referenced, I would first point out that the ruckus started when the disciples ate bread with unwashed hands; not that they were eating something that was considered unlawful to eat, e.g. pork chops. Secondly, the religious people were distressed that Y’shua’s disciples were breaking their traditions as opposed to God’s laws. I point these things out because, in every case, context is important to understanding what is meant. So, the question at hand wasn’t “Is it okay to eat anything I wish” but “Is it unlawful to go against tradition if I’m not breaking God’s command?” Next, I would argue that things considered to be “food” in Mark 7 would NOT include things the Torah had already established as not being food in Leviticus 11. In other words, none of these men would have ever considered putting shrimp into their stomach because that wasn’t considered food in the first place. Finally, as you pointed out, Bible translators took it upon themselves to add the parenthetical statement, “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods ‘clean.'” In my opinion, Y’shua was saying that these men did not defile themselves because they ignored the traditions of other men; however, these other men were exposing what was in their heart by being more upset about their traditions being ignored than they were the Word of God being transgressed. In short, He tried to make it clear that what it looks like on the outside isn’t necessarily the most important issue but what is on the inside is what’s important. The issue here isn’t food but the heart. In the end, each person is going to have to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling but I stand fast in the belief that things restricted in Leviticus 11 would never be considered to be food by Y’shua or His disciples. Hope this helped in some way. Blessings.

      • Janet Martin says:

        Bill, it helped me understand greatly!! Marvelous! Thanks a lot! BTW, do you have any suggestions on Hebrew English Bible? I have been trying to find one so study is a little easier. BTW…i am also watching your Hebrew Basics video because i desire to learn Hebrew and it is wonderful. Do you have any Hebrew Flashcards etc. for practice?


        • Bill says:

          Janet; so glad to hear that the response was helpful – that’s always a good thing. As far as the Hebrew-English Bible, I really don’t have recommendation; as long as it has both I’m sure it will be fine – they’re aren’t a whole lot of them out there anyway. As far as flash cards for the Hebrew Basics, no, I don’t have that. However, on each page you have the Power point presentation in PDF format and you can download that to your computer and go back and use the different pages as Flash cards, albeit on your computer.

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