04/13/2013 Sabbath Meeting Transcript

"The Importance of Eating Clean"

EliYah's message:

We are looking forward to another study and we are going to resume our "Precepts and Principles of the Torah" series. As we go through the Torah, we are looking for specific laws, specific commandments, that would apply to each of us as believers.

We went through the book of Exodus and found quite a few there. Then it kind of resumed into a story kind of narrative format there for a while. And then we get into the first chapters of Leviticus, which are all having to do with the giving of offerings and sacrifices, until we get to chapter 11.

I might mention here briefly that in Leviticus (the first chapters) there was a principle mentioned there that I thought was kind of interesting. I didn't post it this morning, but it has to do with after you realize you have done something wrong you are guilty. He said then the offering would be made for the unintentional sin.

And so, if we ourselves, we may not know we are sinning, we may be oblivious to it, but after we realize it, then we are expected to seek forgiveness.

And even though we did not know before, and maybe before, even though it was unintentional, although it was not known to us, Yahushua says, "If you were blind... (He said to the Pharisees, I think it is John 9:41)... if you were blind you would have no sin."

So, if we are blind to it, we are not guilty. But the minute we realize it, then we are. But that is where Yahushua the Messiah, our Passover, our Redeemer, our Savior is there to cleanse us from all sin.

Anyway, we go through Leviticus, and the verse that would apply to us... I'm not saying the other portions don't apply to anybody, but we are talking about the inauguration of Aaron the priest, we are talking about strange fire being offered by Nadab and Abihu.

And to some extent, those things do apply in different contexts, but we are looking for specific commandments that were given to the common people of Israel and for things that we can look at in our own walk and try to find the principles behind them.

And so, we are going to resume our "Precepts and Principles of the Torah," and the specific precepts we are going to be looking at here in Leviticus chapter 11 have to do with the importance of eating clean.

I know that eating clean is not a big deal to most people in the world today, especially if you have been brought up under mainstream, western Gentile Christianity. But as we are going to see here in this study, eating clean is an extremely important issue unto Yahweh.

I know we are going to have to take a minute here and kind of reboot, maybe, our minds, and refresh them and let them be renewed by the Word of Elohim and try to discern Yahweh's will in this matter.

Now, the first three verses of Leviticus chapter 11 says:

 Leviticus 11:1 - Now YAHWEH spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them,

2 - "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, `These [are] the animals which you may eat among all the animals that [are] on the earth:

3 - `Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves [and] chewing the cud -- that you may eat.

So, it must have a split hoof (the animal which we choose to eat), and it must chew the cud. Now the fact that the animal would chew the cud would automatically tell us it is a ruminant animal, an herbivore-- an animal that would only eat plants.

Now there are animals that eat plants, like horses, that do not have the split hoof, and therefore they are unclean. But in order for an animal to be clean, it must have a split hoof and it must chew the cud.

Now some of us don't like to be told what to eat and what not to eat. You know, the belly is almost a sacred ground... unless, let's say, our health is at stake. Then maybe we will start reading ingredient labels.

But you know, with the western Gentile mindset that many of us have inherited, we have a hard time seeing the importance of checking to make sure the animal has a split hoof and making sure it chews the cud before we partake of the meat of that particular animal.

And we may not understand why it really matters what we eat. We may have been conditioned to think we have the freedom to eat whatever we want and enjoy it.

A pastor one time wrote me and said, "I have liberty in Christ to eat bacon or catfish and enjoy it. In my faith I believe Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law and it is taken out of the way and I am free to enjoy that which He has provided. In my faith in His finished work, I do this." And that is a direct quote.

And so, that is the mentality of 95% of church goers today. That is what they are being taught-- that it is okay with Messiah now, having come and done away with, or fulfilled, the Law or nailed it to the cross, or whatever.

We are now free to eat bacon, rats, cats, bats, whatever, and we are free to eat snakes, turtles, shellfish, pork, whatever. There is no prohibition at all.

Now my response to this particular pastor was, "Well, for what reason would you not apply this kind of reasoning to other commandments?"

There is no biblical basis for singling out the commandments regarding eating shellfish or pork, or whatever. Nowhere in the Bible does it say this specific command is done away with.

And so, on what basis do we draw the conclusion that, okay, I have liberty in Christ, or liberty in Messiah, to eat bacon and shellfish, but I don't have liberty in Messiah to murder my friend?

"I have the liberty in Messiah to partake of a pork chop and pepperoni pizza, but I don't have the liberty in Messiah to tell a lie. I don't have the liberty in Messiah to violate any other commands that are commonly seen to be observable and supposed to be observed today."

If I have the liberty in Messiah to purposely disobey the Law, then basically I am making void Yahweh's Law, rendering it "null and void" (with my little stamp) because of my liberty and my faith in Messiah.

But what I see in Romans 3:31, it says: "Do we then make void the law through faith?" And he gives the answer:

 Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

We establish the Law with our faith. Now the word translated "establish" is (Strong's) 2476. And if you look it up in a Strong's Lexicon, it says: "to cause or make to stand." And so, I don't make void the Law through faith. By faith, I cause the Law to stand.

And so, thinking that I am free to disobey Yahweh's Law is obviously not causing the Law to stand. It is rendering the Law "null and void." Liberty does not give us license to sin, and sin is the transgression of the Law according to 1 John 3:4.

And so, this line of thinking, from what I can gather, has no basis in either the New Testament or the Old Testament Scriptures, because if I start saying I can disobey the Law, then there is nothing stopping me from disobeying any command in the Law.

There is no distinction anywhere in Scripture. There might be a distinction in church history. There might be a distinction in church dogma and some church doctrines, but nothing I can find in Scripture makes that distinction. And so, why was the distinction ever made?

From what I can gather, from examining the early church history, there were some Gentiles who had entered the church in the early part of the second century that did not want to give up their pork or do anything that made them look Jewish in the eyes of their friends.

And so, things that might make them look Jewish, like keeping a "Jewish Sabbath" or "Jewish dietary restrictions" or "Jewish Feast Days" or "Hebrew names"-- anything that looked or sounded Jewish-- would result in a tremendous amount of persecution amongst their friends and amongst the culture that they lived in.

Because there was an anti-Semitic culture, partly due to the uprising of the Jewish people (Bar Kokhba revolt in 134 AD, and so on), where they eventually were not allowed to live in the land of Israel anymore.

Imagine if something like that happened in our culture today. Imagine if all the people of Mexican descent banded together and tried to fight against the United States government and tried to make Texas their new state. All of a sudden, I think Taco Bell would go out of business. Anything that makes you look Mexican, people would begin to avoid.

And so, that is kind of what happened in the early part of the second century-- the Second Jewish Revolt-- and there was a tremendous amount of anti-Semitic leanings amongst the culture.

But when we look at things biblically, when we just let the Scriptures alone be our guide and not traditions, not church history, not our own ideas, our own surmisings, our own thoughts and we just let Yahweh's Word be our guide, let Yahweh's Word give us the doctrines that we need-- then we begin to be transformed into a different mindset.

And I realize many today do not understand why it really matters to Yahweh what we eat. Because we are never taught that it matters is the reason why. We have been conditioned to think we have the freedom to eat whatever we want.

But do you know it is that same mindset that actually brought sin and death into the world? That same mindset brought sin and death to the world: "We can eat whatever we want." That idea brought sin and brought death into the world.

 Genesis 2:16 - And YAHWEH Elohim commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17 - "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

See, the issue in the garden of Eden was all about what they could eat and what they could not eat. And if Adam and Eve, or Chava (her Hebrew name), if they had obeyed the voice of Yahweh in the garden regarding what they were permitted to eat or not to eat, there would not be death in the world.

There would be no pain in the world. There would be no suffering in the world. There would be no need for the Savior to come and be tortured and die for us because of our sin. All the problems that are in the world today are here because of one man and one woman.

They chose to disobey Yahweh's Word in regards to what they were supposed to eat and what they were supposed to not eat. And so, if later on we find Yahweh giving us directives about what to eat and what not to eat, don't you think we should pay close attention to that? I would think so.

Because just as the enemy convinced Eve that she could eat what Yahweh had forbidden, we are being approached with the same tests, because the enemy wants to tell us we can eat what Yahweh has forbidden and suffer no consequence.

And the same enemy is lying to the masses today and telling them they can eat whatever they want and they will not surely die.

Even medical studies are showing you shall surely die from eating pork. Even medical studies are showing that people who eat shrimp are affected by it medically in a negative way. I am not going to get into that all quite yet.

But we have to be on guard about this kind of thing. Yahweh is the one that made our bodies. He knows what is good for us and what is not good for us. We see in the plant world (we learn by trial and error, apparently) that there are certain herbs and certain plants that are not edible. They are poisonous to our bodies.

And it may not even be just because of our health that Yahweh gave these commands. There may be other reasons. But you know, what we put into our bodies is important to Yahweh. It is.

It says in 1 Corinthians 6:19:

 1Corinthians 6:19 - Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from Elohim, and you are not your own?

You are not your own. You do not even belong to yourself.

 1Corinthians 6:20 - For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are Elohim's.

And so, let's get one thing straight, your body does not belong to you. You are not your own. We like to think we belong to ourselves, but we don't. The body you have is not your body. You were bought at a price, and you were called to glorify Elohim with that body that He has given you. It belongs to Him.

You know, there was a man by the name of Antiochus Epiphanes. On December 25th, of all days, after defeating the Jews in war, he went into the temple and he did something utterly detestable.

The book of Josephus records: Ant 13:243 - "Antiochus Epiphanes, who, when he had taken the city, offered swine (that's pig) upon the altar, and sprinkled the temple with the broth of their flesh."

He took pig fat and he smeared the whole... the walls... whatever... the temple, and defiled the holy place with the broth of a pig. And actually, this tradition known as "Christmas ham," December 25th, it appears may have had its origins in something Antiochus had done. It certainly had its origins in paganism.

When numbers of professing believers in Messiah are on December 25th coating the inside of the walls and vessels and blood vessels and different things of their bodies with this pork, with this "Christmas ham," they are spiritually and physically doing essentially the same thing that Antiochus Epiphanes did when he defiled the temple of Elohim.

Why? Because it says your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

In fact, this pagan tradition of Christmas ham became a test of truthful conversion for Jewish people who claimed to have converted to Christianity. It was believed that if they ate Christmas ham, their conversion was indeed genuine. It wasn't just fake to try to get out of being persecuted.

And this is so grievous. So grievous. The faith that was once delivered to the saints became so corrupt that they would require a Jewish person on December 25th to participate in this pagan tradition of smearing pig fat all over the insides of their bodies to prove that they were a follower of the Messiah.

Something is wrong. Something is terribly wrong because the Messiah Himself never even touched pork. So to prove you are a follower of the Messiah by eating it on December 25th, by doing essentially the same thing that Antiochus Epiphanes has done, is a complete and total abomination.

And furthermore, for a Jewish person to prove their conversion and faith in Messiah by doing this... Yahweh, have mercy. That is all I can say.

And so, we want to look into this. We want to dig deep into this and understand what it is that we are doing if we choose to eat the unclean. What is it that we are actually doing?

Messiah never once touched the carcass of an unclean animal. Not once. He never touched its meat. He never ate it. He never touched it. He did not have anything to do with it. How do I know this?

 Leviticus 11:1 - Now YAHWEH spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them,

2 - "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, `These [are] the animals which you may eat among all the animals that [are] on the earth:

3 - `Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves [and] chewing the cud -- that you may eat.

 Leviticus 11:4 - `Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you;

5 - `the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you;

6 - `the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, [is] unclean to you;

 Leviticus 11:7 - `and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, [is] unclean to you.

8 - `Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They [are] unclean to you.

That is a command from Yahweh-- "Their flesh you shall not eat and their carcasses you shall not touch." If the Messiah ever touched the carcass of an unclean animal, He would have broken this command and He could not be our Savior.

He would have disobeyed the commandment. He would have been a sinner Himself, a man like us, in need of salvation and redemption for having transgressed the clear command from Elohim to not touch the carcass of an unclean animal, let alone eat it.

And so, He would have been a transgressor if He had done so.

In James chapter 2, verse 8, it says:

 James 2:8 - If you really fulfill [the] royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;

9 - but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Now wait a minute. If the Law is done away with, how could anybody be convicted by the Law as a transgressor? Because the Law is not done away with.

 James 2:10 - For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one [point], he is guilty of all.

11 - For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

You are now classified as a transgressor. And so, if the Messiah had kept the entire Law, yet stumbled in one point, He would have been convicted by the Law as a transgressor. He could not be our Savior. He could not have been the perfect one-- the Lamb without blemish.

And so, what about us? What are we supposed to do as followers of the Messiah? Do we eat ham to prove that we have been a converter to one who follows the Messiah? What do we do?

 1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

It is very simple. Nothing complicated. Nothing where we have to figure out, "Do we need to obey this or not?" If He abides in us and we abide in Him, we will do what He did.

1 Corinthians 11:1... Paul is writing to the Corinthians, the Gentile Corinthians. He says:

 1Corinthians 11:1 - Imitate me, just as I also [imitate] Messiah.

Now, he is telling Gentiles to live like he lives, right? He says, "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Messiah." Now how did Paul live?

It says in Acts 25, verse 7:

 Acts 25:7 - When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove,

8 - while he answered for himself, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all."

And so, Paul himself walked orderly and obeyed the Law of Yahweh, and he says imitate him as he imitates Messiah.

You know, that is so simple. No confusion. No, "Do I need to keep this? Do I not?"

Did Messiah do it? WWYD? What would Yahushua do? Very easy. No confusion.

Do we know that He kept this command to refrain from eating unclean animals? Do we know that He kept the command not to touch the carcass of unclean animals? Yes, we know that.

All right, so what do we do? We walk as He walked. Nothing confusing. No complicated, "Uh... He fulfilled that part, but not the other part." It is very simple. And I love the simplicity that is in Messiah. How about you?

Now when we read a commandment in the Law of Yahweh, we know Messiah and Paul both followed it-- and we are supposed to walk as Messiah walked. And so, why on earth would it be a test of our faith in Messiah to do the opposite of what Messiah did and essentially do the same thing Antiochus Epiphanes did on December the 25th?

You know, December the 25th is a day of infamy. It is a day of sadness for Israel, not a day of the Messiah's birth, not a day of, you know, now that Messiah has come, you can smear the pig fat everywhere.

Now I am only bringing these things to our minds so that we can help to free ourselves from any remnants of a western Gentile mindset that we have inherited, which is contrary to the Scriptures.

I am not bringing these things up to condemn anybody or to say you are not saved until you do "this" or you are not saved until you do "that." And I hope, if you watch the last few broadcasts, you will see that is not my heart.

My heart is to share and to place emphasis where Yahweh is placing emphasis in the Scriptures, rather than just towing the line of traditions and untruths that we may have inherited from our fathers. We don't see the importance of certain things partly because our culture today doesn't place any emphasis on it.

Now if a doctor came along and told you what to eat or not to eat, everybody listens. But when the Bible says what we should eat and not eat, we have an array of reasonings, surmisings, interpretations which are at our disposal, which ultimately have their origin in the devil's bags of tricks, to explain away what Yahweh has said.

The same liar in the garden of Eden is very active today, telling people that they, like Eve, can eat what they want in spite of Yahweh's clear commandments to the contrary. And I will be addressing each of his little tricks, each of his interpretations, as we go into this subject deeper.

Now just to show you how important this is in the eyes of Yahweh, I want to share a scripture here from Leviticus chapter 20 when He told them:

 Leviticus 20:25 - `You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

You shall not make yourselves abominable.

 Leviticus 20:26 - `And you shall be holy to Me, for I YAHWEH [am] holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

How would you like to be Yahweh's? Don't make yourselves abominable by not separating the clean from the unclean. Yahweh told Israel that they literally make themselves abominable when they don't make the distinction.

Now I am not saying this to condemn. I am saying this to get our attention. And I hope that it helps us to put emphasis where Yahweh puts emphasis because, you know, it is one thing to commit a sin, it is quite another for that particular sin to be what Yahweh calls an abomination.

Now think about this. If the eating of unclean animals is something that Yahweh thought was such an awful thing that He would classify it as something by which you would make yourself an abomination, if that was Yahweh's perspective, then when Messiah died, does it really make sense, the minute the Messiah died for all of our sins-- snappo!

All of a sudden, it's no longer an abomination. You are free to do what you want. Does that really make any sense? It wouldn't be an abomination anymore because Yahushua died for you? I mean, is that how Yahweh changes? In anything else, is that how He operates?

Some of us have a hard time with this. We are like, "The thing we eat? What makes us so awful because of what we ate?"

But Yahweh is the same yesterday, today and forever. In anything else, that is not how He operates.

When He considers something to be an abomination, to be vile, to be disgusting, to be abhorrent, to be detestable, He is not going to change His opinion from one minute to the next. He is not going to change His opinion about what is right and what is wrong from one minute to the next.

He is consistent. That is one of the things we love about Him is His consistency.

Now the reason why it is not abominable in the eyes of people is because the eating of these things is very common today. It is everywhere. It is normal. People eat them all the time. You get these little packages in the grocery store, and it is interlaced in all kinds of foods.

And very rarely does anyone think anything negative about it except for, of course, the Jewish people who are trying to observe the Word of Elohim in this area.

But I can tell you, from one person I know who personally butchered a pig, one of the most disgusting things a person could possibly do is butcher a pig. It is far different than butchering a cow or sheep because they are just disgusting. And even that, we should learn how unclean, how abominable these things are, just that alone.

But for those who don't, mainly because, you know, you go to the store and you get this package of "the other white meat" as they put it. Well, "the other white meat" is an abomination in the eyes of Yahweh.

What is an abomination?

Strong's Lexicon: 8441 tow 'ebah to-ay-baw' or tonebah {to-ay-baw'}; feminine active participle of 8581; properly, something disgusting (morally), i.e. (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol:-- abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

"Towebah" or "tonebah," it says, in the eyes of Yahweh, is something disgusting (morally), an abhorrence, an idol-- anything abominable. Something disgusting. That is what it is. It is rooted in 8581 here. And we look at 8581. It says: to loathe, to detest.

Strong's Lexicon: 8581 ta 'ab taw-ab' a primitive root; to loathe, i.e. (morally) detest:-- (make to be) abhor(-red), (be, commit more, do) abominable(-y), X utterly.

And so, when Yahweh is looking at this kind of thing, it is something He loathes. It is something He finds disgusting. And so, we cannot let what the world says and its opinions of what is an abomination be our guiding light. We have to look into the Word.

We know Yahweh often talks about the world's influence. And one of the things He says:

 Proverbs 29:27 - An unjust man [is] an abomination to the righteous, And [he who is] upright in the way [is] an abomination to the wicked.

Many of us have experienced this. If someone hears you are not eating pork anymore and doing things differently, to them you become an abomination and the things you are doing. As you are learning the ways of Yahweh, you are finding more and more the things that they do are gross and wrong.

It is because we are conforming ourselves to the image of Elohim, as we learn and we grow, and we are starting to gain and make a part of us, make a part of who we are, Yahweh's perspective. But in the world those things change all the time.

I mean, go back 30 or 40 years ago. You know, when I was growing up (I am 42 years old), when I was growing up, homosexuality was considered to be an abomination to about 95.9% of the population. When I was growing up, it was something that people laughed at as being silly and ridiculous.

But those people shoved their lifestyle in our face long enough to where people are now desensitized to it. They now have on the television all the time these kinds of things, much to the dismay of those who watch them and can't stand it. And so, their lifestyle, people are being conditioned to accept it.

And here, in just 30 or 40 years, the tide has turned. In some places you cannot discriminate based on whether they are homo- or heterosexual. Even in some places in the world, if you speak something negative toward those who are homosexuals, you will be convicted in a court of law for committing a hate crime.

It is that way in some European countries. You can't even say anything negative about them. But Yahweh says in the Scriptures it is an abomination. Leviticus 20:13 says they committed an abomination.

 Leviticus 20:13 - `If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood [shall be] upon them.

So this, which is an abomination to Yahweh, over time, in just 30 or 40 years-- that is all it took. Now many people are accepting it. And so, it is an important question as we go along here. You know, they keep putting their lifestyle in front of us, promoting it, trying to make you think it is okay.

Even gay marriage 10 years ago was seen as something so morally repugnant. Over half of the states in our nation (I think it is 29 states, or more) passed constitutional amendments banning the practice. And now it is slowly becoming more and more accepted into our culture-- "Oh, you are discriminating by not allowing them to get married."

And so, the nation we live in, the cultures we live in, the nations of the world-- they have their own ways. And then Yahweh has His ways.

He calls homosexuality an abomination. And He also calls eating unclean animals an abomination. It is just that eating unclean animals has been something very common in our culture.

I would say, maybe in 50 years, a lot of the churches may very well no longer think it is an abomination, because it is the desensitivity of things the way things are. Morally, we are spiraling downward.

And so, with the eating of unclean animals, He even says we make ourselves abominable when we eat them. We defile the temple of Yahweh, and we disregard His instructions regarding holiness. Holiness.

One thing you will notice as we go through the Scriptures on clean and unclean is that clean and unclean are very, very tied into holiness and unholiness. You will often see this phrase, "Be holy for I, Yahweh, am holy," accompanying mentions of cleanness and uncleanness. They go hand in hand.

Here we have (Leviticus 20:25-26): "You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living creature that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

"And you shall be holy to Me, for I Yahweh am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine."

And so, we are called to holiness. And cleanness and holiness go hand in hand. You know, if there was one thing missing from today's Christianity, it would be holiness.

You see, the New Testament actually quotes this. 1 Peter chapter 1, verse 15, says:

 1Peter 1:15 - but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct,

16 - because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

That is, Yahweh is holy. He is appealing to Yahweh's Torah, His Law, saying, "because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'"

Be holy in your conduct. Part of our unholy conduct would be eating unholy, unclean things. Not just our minds, but in what we do.

 Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, [which is] your reasonable service.

How many of you have looked at that verse this way before? Do not present to Yahweh a body that is defiled with the unclean meats of this world. It is your reasonable service to present your bodies a living sacrifice-- something that is pure and holy and acceptable.

 Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of Elohim.

No matter what they say regarding clean and unclean, let your mind be transformed by the Word of Elohim, by the will of Elohim.

So, it is when we choose to not be conformed to this world, but we choose to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of Elohim.

If we want the perfect will of Elohim, then let your mind be renewed. And that is why I am spending a lot of time on this, because we need to let our minds be renewed.

Scripture says:

 2Corinthians 6:14 - Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

15 - And what accord has Messiah with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

16 - And what agreement has the temple of Elohim with idols? For you are the temple of the living Elohim. As Elohim has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among [them]. I will be their Elohim, And they shall be My people."

You are the temple.

 2Corinthians 6:17 - Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says YAHWEH. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."

18 - "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says YAHWEH Almighty."

We continue into chapter 7. A terrible place to put a chapter division is the word "therefore."

 2Corinthians 7:1 - Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim.

What promises? Right here, (2 Corinthians 6:18)-- "You shall be My sons and daughters." "I shall be a Father to you." (2 Corinthians 6:16)-- "I will dwell in them and walk among them." "I will be their Elohim." "They shall be My people."

"Having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting (what?) holiness in the fear of Elohim."

Do we see a connection? New Testament verse. Cleanse yourselves. Not just spiritual uncleanness, but also physical-- filthiness of the flesh, uncleanness of the flesh. We need both physical and spiritual cleanness as part of holiness. Perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim. That is what we need.

And so, I look at this verse here and I don't know how you could get any plainer and clearer: "Do not touch what is unclean." He is appealing to the book of Isaiah here. How can it get any clearer than that? We see here in the New Testament a directive to cleanse ourselves from the unclean things.

And if we don't touch the carcass of unclean animals, then we are going to be cleansed. We can be cleansed through Messiah.

So that is how you perfect holiness. Not just an uncleanness of mind, but the body. This is the context-- our bodies. What is he saying? You are the temple of the living Elohim (in verse 16). That is our body. And so, he says cleanse yourself from the filthiness of the flesh, the body.

But we have lost it. We have lost the definition of what holiness is. We have lost it because of tradition.

See, Yahweh is not unclean. He is clean. He is pure. He is holy. And the message that we are trying to communicate, as those who have returned to the Hebraic roots of our faith, the main message we are trying to communicate really is holiness-- biblical holiness. We are calling the world back to holiness once again. The holiness of His Sabbath day.

I read on Facebook recently, a fellow was telling everybody homosexuals should be put to death because the Law says they should be put to death and he quoted from that verse. But the same Law also says Sabbath breakers should be put to death. The same Law.

The holiness of His Feast Days. We are calling people back to the holiness of Yahweh's Festivals-- the seven holy days. The first two days we observed less than a month ago, a few weeks ago-- the Feast of Unleavened Bread. There are two holy days in that one.

The third one would be what is called Shavuot, or Pentecost, coming up next month we will be getting into. And then we have the Feast of Trumpets in the fall and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippurim. And then the two holy days found in the Feast of Tabernacles.

We are calling people back to these holy days and to refrain from the defilement of pagan rooted festivals that defile our walk, that have no roots in anything biblical. And we are calling people back to recognize the holiness of Yahweh's name and to not cast it away as being unimportant and useless.

The enemy wants man to disregard and throw away the holiness of His name, the holiness of His Festivals, the holiness of His Sabbath day and the holiness of our bodies-- the refraining from the defilement of unclean meats.

The very word "holy" has to do with "apartness." It is "qodesh." BDB Lexicon: 06944 qodesh {ko'-desh} Meaning: 1) apartness, holiness, sacredness, separateness 1a) apartness, sacredness, holiness 1a1) of God 1a2) of places 1a3) of things 1b) set-apartness, separateness.

Being separated from something that is unclean, that is unholy. Being separate from what is common. And actually, our English word "holy" has the same definitions. And so, we are understanding that holiness means to be different, to be sanctified, to be separate from impurities. Maybe dedicated to Yahweh would be a good word.

See, Yahweh is very concerned that we are able to understand and discern the difference between the holy and the unholy, the clean and the unclean.

In ancient Israel, He was pretty upset with the priests because they were not making that distinction.

 Ezekiel 22:26 - "Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known [the difference] between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

And the same thing is going on today. When people fail to make a difference between the holy and the unholy, between the clean and the unclean, Yahweh is profaned among us. And to me, that is significant if Yahweh is profaned.

And when those who are called to His service teach people to not make a difference between the holy and the unholy, the clean and the unclean, Yahweh is profaned according to His Word.

He writes in Isaiah 65. He says:

 Isaiah 65:2 - I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in a way [that is] not good, According to their own thoughts;

3 - A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; Who sacrifice in gardens, And burn incense on altars of brick;

4 - Who sit among the graves, And spend the night in the tombs; Who eat swine's flesh, And the broth of abominable things is [in] their vessels;

 Isaiah 65:5 - Who say, `Keep to yourself, Do not come near me, For I am holier than you!' These [are] smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.

Imagine that! Did you ever get smoke up your nose? It is like, "Get away from me!" That is how Yahweh views it when people claim to be holy, and yet, the broth of abominable things is in their vessels-- their bowls, the things they eat from. And they are eating swine's flesh.

They do not understand holiness, not having any regard for the uncleanness of a tomb. They do not understand holiness. And so, churches even put tombs right next to the church building. It is an unclean place. And then they say, "Oh, I am holier." But they are not. They are not holy.

Now Yahweh, of course, in His mercy and grace can overlook our ignorance, our lack of knowledge. But we see how He felt about it back then. It says that they walk according to their own thoughts. And so, we need to get this understood. It needs to be something significant to us because it is significant to Him.

And since we love Him, if He thinks it is significant, don't you think that we need to consider it to be significant also? I would hope so.

And so, do we consider it to be significant or are we among those calling evil good, good evil, bitter for sweet, sweet for bitter, being wise in our own eyes, and saying, "I am still holy"?

So, the "holier than thou" actually comes from this verse. "Holier than thou." Everybody hates the "holier than thou" attitude, right? Yahweh does, too.

And then, we see a little later, Isaiah 66, verse 15. It says:

 Isaiah 66:15 - For behold, YAHWEH will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire.

16 - For by fire and by His sword YAHWEH will judge all flesh; And the slain of YAHWEH shall be many.

This has not happened, yet. All flesh has not been judged, yet. He is coming with the chariots of fire. He is coming with fire the second time, right? And He says:

 Isaiah 66:17 - "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, [To go] to the gardens After an [idol] in the midst, Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says YAHWEH.

And so, judging by the context, we see a prophecy of Yahweh, destroying those eating swine's flesh when Messiah returns. And so, why would we think that it is now acceptable when we see this verse here? Obviously a future event. It has never happened.

And He will do it. He will destroy. He says He will destroy those eating swine's flesh and the abomination.

And so, obviously, there is something wrong with modern theology. There is something wrong with the theology that has been handed down to us in our generation today. They misinterpret something somewhere. You cannot misinterpret this. This is plain. Plain and simple.

Well, we are going to look at a few of these. We are going to look at Mark chapter 7. It is a very common one.

 Mark 7:1 - Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem.

2 - Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.

And so, they are looking at Yahushua's disciples, and they are trying to say that their hands were defiled. Why? Because they had not yet washed their hands. And so, they felt that they were eating this bread with defiled hands. And they found that was wrong in their eyes.

 Mark 7:3 - For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash [their] hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.

Not according to any commandment do you have to wash your hands before you eat, but according to the tradition of the elders.

 Mark 7:4 - [When they come] from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, [like] the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.

5 - Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"

A tradition. Now it is not a commandment from Yahweh. It is not wrong to wash your hands before you eat, but it is not a commandment from Yahweh, either.

And Yahushua responds by basically telling them their priorities are in the wrong place, that they were putting commandments of men over the commandments of Elohim.

 Mark 7:6 - He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: `This people honors Me with [their] lips, But their heart is far from Me.

7 - And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'

They are worshiping Him for no reason. It is all in vain. Their worship is nothing but vanity. A waste of time. Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

They are going after their own ways, after their own thoughts. And He goes on to explain to them some of the ways in which they do this.

 Mark 7:8 - "For laying aside the commandment of Elohim, you hold the tradition of men -- the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."

Forget the commands. We are going to do our own thing.

 Mark 7:9 - He said to them, "[All too] well you reject the commandment of Elohim, that you may keep your tradition.

10 - "For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'

He is giving an example here how they are supposed to honor their parents.

 Mark 7:11 - "But you say, `If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me [is] Corban" -- '(that is, a gift [to Elohim]),

Different than what Yahweh said.

 Mark 7:12 - "then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,

13 - "making the word of Elohim of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do."

Now what is happening here is the things that they were supposed to give to their parents to provide for them in their old age when they cannot work anymore, they were taking that, and saying, "Well, we are dedicating that to Yahweh. Therefore, we cannot give it to you."

And therefore, they are not providing for their parents in their old age. That is how, according to Scripture here, according to Yahushua's interpretation, one should honor his father and his mother, by providing for them in their old age. They provided for you when you were in diapers, so you provide for them when they are in diapers, right?

So the point here is, He was explaining to them (an example) of how they were taking their own tradition, which was to dedicate their things to Yahweh, and cause those things by that tradition to transgress the commandment of Elohim.

And we see this even today-- people giving tithes, dedicating things to the church (their wills and things). It is still going on in some capacities.

 Mark 7:14 - When He had called all the multitude to [Himself], He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand:

15 - "There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.

16 - "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"

Now this thing that He said, right here, is a parable. It is a parable.

 Mark 7:17 - When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.

There it is. It is not to be taken literally. It is a parable.

 Mark 7:18 - So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,

19 - "because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, [thus] purifying all foods?"

Now some would take this particular verse here and suggest that He is talking about pork, but you have to understand... I think even the New International Version, some other versions, will add this little statement at the end: "In saying this Yahushua declared all foods clean." But that is not a statement found in the Greek text.

But all foods are clean. It is true. All foods are clean because you have to understand something. In the mind of a Jewish person living in the first century, a pork chop was not food to begin with.

And so, what is legitimately called food is not made unclean through eating with unwashed hands. Just because we have a little dirt on our hands does not make the food unclean. It is considered to be a clean food.

 Mark 7:20 - And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.

21 - "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 - "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

 Mark 7:23 - "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."

Now to confirm, He is not talking about the unclean meats. The parallel of this particular passage of Mark 7 is found in Matthew chapter 15, where He says:

 Matthew 15:19 - "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

20 - "These are [the things] which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

So, He is confirming.

You know, sometimes Matthew will add the complete sentence of what Yahushua said. Mark, sort of a fast moving account, will not include all the details of what He said.

So we have here the evil coming out of the heart defiling men's hearts, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile food. And pork chops are not food to begin with.

So, He was not teaching anyone that it is okay now to violate Yahweh's Law. I mean, think about it. Yahweh clearly commanded them to refrain from eating unclean meats. He even said it was an abomination and they would make themselves abominable by eating it and touching it.

Then why would Yahweh send Messiah to come and sharply rebuke them for refraining from unclean animals? Isn't that what Moshe commanded them? Why would He rebuke them for obeying the command that Yahweh had given?

And so, He is not talking about pork. He is talking about eating with unwashed hands.

And so, Yahweh's perfect Law does not change. There is nothing in this verse here that allows us to eat unclean animals. In fact, if Yahushua had ever taught anyone, "It's okay now, you can eat unclean animals," He would have been a false prophet, and the Jewish people would be required to reject Him as the Messiah.

And it is for that reason that many of the Jewish people today do reject Him as the Messiah-- because His followers demand pork eating and say it is okay now, that the Messiah said it is all right now.

And they know. They know the Tanakh. They know the Torah. They know Isaiah 8:20.

 Isaiah 8:20 - To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

So the minute you come along and say, "Yeah, the Messiah did away with that," they are going to look at you and say, "Well, to the Law and to the testimony, if they do not speak according to this word, it cannot be Messiah, because there is no light in it."

It was required of every prophet that he would not contradict the Scriptures. And if Yahushua ever at any time in His walk, in anything that He said, contradicted the Scriptures and taught men to disobey the laws of Elohim, then He could not be a prophet, let alone the Messiah.

But it has been the pattern all throughout biblical history that people choose to obey the words of men rather than the words of Yahweh. And Yahushua reprimanded the Pharisees for following the words and the traditions of men, and saying to them:

 Mark 7:7 - And in vain they worship Me, Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.'

8 - "For laying aside the commandment of Elohim, you hold the tradition of men -- the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do."

He is saying to them how wrong that is. Now if He is instituting a commandment that they are now allowed to eat pork, He would have been teaching as doctrines the commandments of men-- the very thing He was reprimanding the Scribes and Pharisees for. And so, Yahushua did not contradict the Scriptures.

It was because He did not contradict the Scriptures, it was because He did want to cleave to the commandments of Elohim, and it was because He did reject their little traditions of men, that many of the Jewish people, who wanted to follow tradition, rejected Him.

Because He wanted men to keep the commandments of Elohim and not the traditions and interpretations and wrong thoughts of men.

And that was all predicted in the same chapter of Isaiah 8, where it says there is no light in them. It is all predicted in the same chapter.

 Isaiah 8:14 - He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

15 - And many among them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken."

Why? See, this is a prediction about the Messiah-- Him being a stone of stumbling. Him being a stumbling block. Not because He was unrighteous, but because He was righteous. And so, to the wicked, the Messiah was an abomination to them, but to the righteous-- He was precious.

 1Peter 2:7 - Therefore, to you who believe, [He is] precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"

He is quoting this Isaiah chapter 8, verses 14 and 15. Same exact words.

 1Peter 2:8 - and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

They were appointed to be disobedient to the Word because they did not value it. They valued the culture. They valued the things of man more that the things of Elohim.

 1Peter 2:9 - But you [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

A holy nation. Holiness. This is why he is saying "light"-- because the Law and the testimony. That is where the light resides.

So, let's go back now (Isaiah 8:14-15). "He will be a sanctuary," (here are the same words) "But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense," (the words that Peter quoted) "To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many of them shall stumble; They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken."

So, He is predicting that Israel would reject Him, would reject the Messiah. But what does He say next?

 Isaiah 8:16 - Bind up the testimony, Seal the law among my disciples.

There are some who will allow the Law to be sealed within their hearts. And the testimony, testifying the narratives of Scripture.

 Isaiah 8:17 - And I will wait on YAHWEH, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.

He hid His face from Judah.

"And I will hope in Him. I will wait on Yahweh as the testimony and the Law is bound up and sealed within me." It is a prediction of what it really means to be Yahushua's disciple.

What does it really mean to be Yahushua's disciple?

 Luke 6:40 - "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

He did not eat pork. He did not partake of unclean meats. And so, if we are perfectly trained, if we are among those who are His "taught ones" (that is what the word "disciple" means-- "to be taught"), then we will be like Him. We will walk as He walked.

There is nothing confusing about any of this, is there? It is very simple. No confusing dispensationalism. Very easy, clear. Easy to understand. A child can get it.

So, we are His disciples. We are the ones who are taught. The word "disciple" is from the Hebrew word "limmud," which means "taught, learned, discipled."

BDB Lexicon: 03928 limmuwd {lim-mood'} or limmud {lim-mood'} Meaning: 1) taught, learned, discipled 1a) taught 1b) accustomed to (something) Origin: from 03925; TWOT - 1116a; adj Usage: AV - learned 2, disciple 1, taught 1, used 1, accustomed 1; 6.

What is it that we are learning? We are having the Law of Yahweh sealed within our hearts. It is the Law. The word "Torah" in the Hebrew means "teaching." That is what the word means. It means "teaching."

And so, if the word "Law" means "teaching," then it is teaching the disciples, the ones who are taught, the Law of Yahweh-- which is the way the Messiah walked. And therefore, if we are among His taught ones, then we will be like Him, because we are not above Him.

We can't disobey it and He had to obey it and we didn't. We are not above Him. We are not under the Law, but we are not above the Law, either. There is a difference.

So, we are called to be like Him-- a disciple, a taught one, who was like his Teacher, rather than focusing on the commandments and doctrines and dispensationalisms and all these other things... replacement theologies... and all these things of men.

Which lay aside the commandment of Elohim and instead hold to the traditions that, "Oh, we can disobey those words of Yahweh." We lay aside the commandment of Elohim and hold to our little theologies, our traditions of men.

Well, if we are a partaker of the New Covenant, my brothers and sisters, then the New Covenant, what does it entail? The New Covenant entails writing the Law of Yahweh in our hearts.

And if the Law of Yahweh is being written in our hearts, then the Law of Yahweh is being sealed among His disciples. It is being bound up in the hearts of His disciples. That is who a disciple truly is. And so, if that is true, then it should reflect on the outer layer that we are obedient to that Law.

Now if we examine the Scriptures here, regarding the clean and the unclean, the holy and profane, then I would hope that it would yield obedience.

So when any teacher or when any pastor or any spiritual leader comes along, and says, "Oh, no, we can do away with the Law of Yahweh," we would just have to say, "Sorry, sir, but Scriptures tell me plainly in the book of Isaiah the prophet, disciples of Yahushua have the Law sealed up in their hearts.

"And with that, He said anyone coming along and saying anything contrary to the Law, it is because there is no light in what they say." Plain and simple.

So, we are called to walk in the light.

 Isaiah 8:19 - And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their Elohim? [Should they seek] the dead on behalf of the living?

In this case, He is saying, "Do not listen to the unclean spirits." They were committing necromancy, praying to the dead. Like what we see in Catholicism-- praying to the dead saints.

 Isaiah 8:20 - To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

Instead, seek the Law of Elohim. Seek the Law and the testimony because that is where the light is. That is where the truth is.

 Psalms 119:105 - NUN. Your word [is] a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

 Proverbs 4:18 - But the path of the just [is] like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

There is that word (path). If you are a follower of the Way, this is your path, right here. If you do not know what I am talking about, watch the broadcast a few weeks ago-- "Exposing the Elitist, Sectarian Spirit." We are followers of the Way.

And so, what I am sharing with you here today, brothers and sisters, is not a word of condemnation. I am not questioning your salvation. I am not suggesting your conversion was not real if you disagreed with this principle before listening to this today. I am not saying any of that.

I am only sharing a portion in the Law of Yahweh that was a part of the light, and if you are not among those who yet understand this, I am not condemning you. But I hope to continue to share with you in the coming broadcasts the awesome truth that refraining from unclean meats is an expectation that Yahweh has for His people.

I am familiar with the common objections, and I will be addressing those as we go along, just like we did this last one. We will also be sharing just how far we are gone from the standard of Yahweh's Word regarding clean and the unclean.

And this has the potential to affect many areas of your life, including those of you who already believe in refraining from unclean things. It may even affect what vegetables you eat as we go into this. But we are going to go directly to the Scriptures in all these things.

And so, I am not saying any of these things to condemn anyone, but because the path of the just is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day, I am sharing with you what I see in Yahweh's Word as being some additional light that I would hope you will consider and pray about.

Test it. See it. Look at it from fifty different angles if you want to. To me, it is the simple, clear truth of the words of Elohim. So, brothers and sisters, I encourage you, let's be among those who, by the mercies of Elohim, present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Elohim. That is our reasonable service.

And refuse to be conformed to the world and the principles of the world and the traditions of the world and the things therein. Instead, seek to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. It is only by that, that we can prove what is good, what is acceptable, and what the perfect will of Elohim really, really, truly is.

And so, my brothers and sisters, the Word of Yahweh, the precepts, the principles of the Torah, have the power to change our lives for the good. They also have the power to bring persecution into our lives. But we, like Messiah, are willing to set aside the traditions of men and cleave to the commandments of Elohim.

And even if they decide to take our life because of it, we, like Messiah, are willing to suffer at the hands of those who would persecute us, whether it be through rejection, through the words they say, or whatever it is, because we love Him.

And so, let's seek to walk in the image of Messiah as we continue to seek the Way-- the way of the just that shines ever brighter to the perfect day. May Yahweh guide us into that way more and more.

And as we apply this way to our lives, brothers and sisters, may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.

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