You Are What You Eat On Our Journey With God, Part 3
You Are What You Eat.
The last chapter highlighted that we need to be physically fit. This chapter focuses on what to eat as fuel to maintain our bodies properly. God wonderfully made us as living, breathing, biological machines.
God has created all living things in wondrous ways to live together on self-sustaining earth and our ecosystem. All creatures are beautiful, but each species has a specific purpose, fulfilling it just by its existence. The bees buzz around flowers and plants, pollinating the planet wherever it goes. Do the bees know their purpose? No, but they exist to serve God and us as organic biological pollinators. The beavers engineer the rivers and streams. Ants engineer the earth and soil. Pigs and goats are biological trash collectors. Vultures eat the dead and decaying corpses, among other animals. Trees and plants produce oxygen while we reciprocate CO2 as we breathe out.
All life is symbiotic and has a specific purpose. When animals go extinct, we lose the natural biological workers that maintain our planet's ecosystem. If we were to lose all animal and plant life, the earth would become desolate as it once was before God started His work in Genesis. Man can never replace what God put on this earth in a literal six days.
The biggest lie people believe is that life evolved from a single cell billions of years ago. Life didn’t evolve, but God created all life individually of its kind. God also didn’t need billions of years, but He made everything in the universe less than six thousand years ago. He wouldn’t be much of a God if He took billions of years to create all life and the universe's complexities. This would imply that He is subject to time and space like we are when He is not. Instead, He spoke all things into existence because He is an all-powerful and all-knowing God, and no one is like Him.
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 MEV.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:6 MEV.
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:9 MEV.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:1-5 MEV.
He did it all in six literal days, where there was evening and morning each day. The book of Genesis and Revelation best depict God's power and supremacy over the universe and all things He created.
God made all plants and animals as food for us to enjoy before Adam and Eve sinned.
To every beast of the earth and every bird of the air and everything that creeps on the earth which has the breath of life in it, I have given every green plant for food. And it was so. Genesis 1:30 MEV.
Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. I give you everything, just as I gave you the green plant. Genesis 9:3 MEV.
Only after Adam and Eve sinned did all things become cursed. They were banished from their perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. As a result, God needed to give specific instructions and guidance to His people to live in a cursed environment.
If God can create anything by His will, why can’t He tell us what to eat and not eat to stay healthy as He intended us to be? He has given us an Ikea-like food manual in Leviticus and Deuteronomy books.
The Book of Leviticus mentions acceptable burnt and grain food offerings to God. Some acceptable foods include bull, lamb, turtle dove, young pigeon, goat, sheep, grains, wheat, and olive oil. God instructed the Israelites not to eat any animal fat or drink its blood. Genesis 9:4.
In Chapter 11 of Leviticus, God gives instructions on clean and unclean foods. He breaks it down into food categories to quickly identify what to eat and what not to eat.
You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud. You may not, however, eat the following animals that have split hooves or that chew the cud, but not both. The camel chews the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. Leviticus 11:3-4 NLT.
Examples of animals with divided hoofs not to eat include camel, rock badger, rabbit, and pig. Yet, people love pork and bacon, ignoring what God has said. People also eat shrimp, squids, and the sea animals God has told us not to eat.
Whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, these you shall eat. Whatever has no fins or scales in the waters is detestable to you. Leviticus 11:9, 12 MEV.
God also gives us specific examples of clean and unclean birds in the bird kingdom.
These you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, and the black vulture, the kite, and buzzard of any kind, the raven of any kind, and the eagle owl, the short-eared and long-eared owls, and the hawk of any kind, and the little owl, the cormorant, and the screech owl, and the white owl, the scops owl, and the osprey, and the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat. Leviticus 11:13-19 MEV.
The rulers plan for us to eat bugs, replacing animal meat. If you are forced to eat bugs, you should learn what kind of bugs God said is ok to eat: basically, those with jointed legs that hop like locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers.
All flying insects that walk, moving on all fours, shall be detestable to you. Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those with jointed legs above their feet to hop on the ground. Even of these you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. But all other flying insects that have four feet shall be detestable to you. Leviticus 11:20-23 MEV.
When you see a locust swarm, think of them as flying food.
Whatever animal that walks on its paws, among all manner of animals that go on all fours, those are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:27 MEV.
These also shall be unclean to you among the crawling things that move on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, and the great lizard of any kind, and the gecko, the lizard, the wall gecko, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. These are unclean to you among all that crawl. Leviticus 11:29-31 MEV.
Every crawling thing that moves on the ground shall be detestable. It shall not be eaten. Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet from any crawling things that move on the earth, you shall not eat them for they are detestable. Leviticus 11:41-42 MEV.
The elites want to feed you mealworms for “sustainable protein.” They are trying to implement this in schools to train children to eat bugs, but if their parents knew the Bible, they would never allow anyone to feed their kids unclean foods. Eating bugs is just plain gross. Thankfully, God agrees by saying all crawling things on the ground are detestable. Yes, they are. No snake meat, no worms, no nightcrawler. Every animal that looks creepy, scary, or your reflex wants to kill it; luckily, we don’t have to eat it.
The fact that this is included in the Bible means that people thought about consuming these animals, and Satan wants us to eat them to go against the Word of God. God gave us excellent, colorful, tasty, healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and spices to bring out the best culinary cuisines worldwide. He also provided a wide variety of farm animals that we eat today and fish from the sea. If we honor God’s Word on what is clean and unclean to eat, we can avoid various diseases and cancers of the body. After all, you are what you eat.
Don’t eat dead animals as they are unclean foods. So no roadkill that people pick up for food.
In Chapter 14 of Deuteronomy, God again repeats His instructions on clean and unclean foods.
Do not eat any detestable thing. These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses. Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales. But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean. You may eat any clean bird. But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, any kind of raven. The horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them. But any winged creature that is clean you may eat. Deuteronomy 14:3-20 MEV.
All these dietary laws served two purposes. One was ceremonial to worship God as He instructed the Israelites to keep them holy and set them apart from the world. The other purpose was to keep the Israelites healthy while wandering in the wilderness for forty years. They had no refrigeration or other means to deal with unclean living things. God commanded them not to touch dead carcasses and further gave detailed instructions when something got contaminated.
We take all these things for granted because we have instant hot water and heat to kill bacteria and viruses. We have treated city water to drink from faucets, not random water sources found in the wilderness. We have refrigeration to keep food frozen and cool for a long time. We have microwaves and stoves to cook off any disease-causing microorganisms instantly. Therefore, in the absence of these things back then, God was protecting His people who needed direct instructions on what was clean and unclean.
Once Jesus arrived, all the ceremonial laws were dealt with. Jesus didn’t abolish the laws but fulfilled them. Our bodies became the temple of God to reside in, so we no longer need to worship God the same way once the Holy Spirit lives in us. Our bodies became the temple of God and an act of worship by doing what He commands of us.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one dot or one mark will pass from the law until all be fulfilled. Whoever, therefore, breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no way enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-18 MEV.
It must be said that different people eat different things according to their faiths and beliefs. God never made this a sin.
For one has faith to eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Do not let him who eats despise him who does not eat, and do not let him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has welcomed him. Romans 14:2-3 MEV.
What we eat has nothing to do with our salvation. The dietary laws given to the Israelites were meant for their good for the time they lived in and set them apart to be holy as God is Holy. What they ate did not save them. But our salvation only comes by faith.
But food does not commend us to God. Neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 1 Corinthians 8:8 MEV.
Ultimately, we do not live for the Lord with what we eat but in our direct relationship with Him.
It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.' Matthew 4:4 MEV.
Jesus made all things clean so that no one can become more or less holy by ceremonial worship with food offerings. Jesus was the final offering to the Father God to fulfill His purpose for us.
Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for every one who believes. Romans 10:4 MEV.
For everything created by God is good, and not to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving. 1 Timothy 4:4 MEV.
Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no question for the sake of conscience, for 'The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.' 1 Corinthians 10:25-26 MEV.
Go and eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a pleasant heart; for God is already pleased with your deeds. Ecclesiastes 9:7 MEV.
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but it is evil for the man who causes someone to fall by what he eats. Romans 14:20 MEV.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. The bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh. John 6:51 MEV.
Although there was a legal or ceremonial reason to eat one thing or another, God’s wisdom outlined in Leviticus and Deuteronomy is still something we should understand and honor. Even though God ordained it ok to eat pork, shrimp, and other traditionally unclean foods, your body may still be better off from abstaining from such foods for healthy living and the prevention of diseases.
Whatever you eat, eat real food as God intended for us to eat. Factory processed foods are deadly. Synthetic food has no value or nutrition. Before you agree to eat it, you should know your food source—farmed fruits and vegetables.
Eat organically farmed and raised healthy meats, not processed meats. These days, they put a lot of chemicals and preservatives in foods to prolong their shelf life at the grocery store. Eventually, all this affects our bodies and disconnection to real food you can't identify at its source. Grains these days are genetically modified, causing obesity and other diseases. Many store-bought foods today are toxic to our body, and diseases and cancers may not appear in people for a long time. To stay healthy, eat fresh foods and meats that you can trust. Grow your food if possible.
The next part of our Journey with God will be with our bodies to serve as His temple. Stay tuned until next time.