What Should I Eat?

I had this big question the other day when I was contemplating going to a Messianic Jewish service.  They begin their gathering with lunch and everyone brings something to share before worship, prayer, and a teaching.  They were specific to making sure to bring something kosher.  I’ve heard this term before, but really didn’t understand what it meant since, as a Christian, we’ve never placed any focus on what was allowed to eat and what wasn’t.  Pretty much, we just go by the ‘eat anything’ rule.

Let’s spend some time today digging in and seeing what God wants us to eat, and what He doesn’t as I’ve really never spent any time thinking about this issue.

From the beginning, God presented Adam and Eve with strictly a vegetarian diet.  They ate fruits, vegetables, and nuts.  And, so did all of the animals on the earth.  There were no carnivores at this time.  And, there was no sicknesses or early death.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every grass bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to every thing that moves upon the earth, in which there is a living soul, I have given all green grass for food; and it was so.”  Genesis 1:29-30

We find a different situation approximately 1700 years later when God got completely fed up with all the corruption and sin on the earth, so He flooded the earth and only saved Noah, his family, 2 of every unclean animal, and 7 of every clean animal.   It was at that point that we learn that God changed things.  He now gave permission for Noah and his family to eat some of animals.  Why would this be?  Because in the flood, all of the plant life died and so there was nothing to eat for many years as the seeds needed time to rejuvenate.  God needed His people to survive, so they were forced to eat meat until the fruits, nuts, and vegetables were able to regrow to produce sustainable food. It was also at that time that He put fear of man within the animals and turned over some of them into carnivore status.  Now, flesh would eat flesh, but this was a concession for survival and not the original intent.  And, with the eating of flesh, we see that sicknesses entered and shortened lifespans.

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every animal of the earth and upon every fowl of the heavens, upon all that moves upon the earth and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green grass I have given you all things. But flesh with the soul (or life) thereof, which is its blood, ye shall not eat. For surely your blood which is your souls I will require; at the hand of every animal I will require it and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother I will require the soul (or life) of man.”  Genesis 9:2-5

Next, we see another further clarification from God.  After the flood, God seemed to allow Noah and his family to eat ‘every moving thing that lives’ for a certain period of time, but then upon their nation’s exit from being captive in Egypt for over 400 years, He narrows down the choices and then limits it to just eating clean animals.  God said that now if they ate any of the animals identified as unclean that it would actually pollute their souls. I wonder why that is?  Perhaps when they ate everything in Egypt, it creates an intense appetite for the flesh, and maybe symbolically, the eating off all types of flesh shows the intense desire for all types of sin that leads to death.  So, maybe God would try to rid some of their desires for sin and try to get them to focus more on Him and His desires for their lives.

“They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. ”  Ezekiel 44:23

  • And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, These are the animals which ye shall eat among all the animals that are on the earth.  Whatever divides the hoof and is clovenfooted and chews the cud, among the animals, that shall you eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of those that chew the cud or of those that divide the hoof: the camel because it chews the cud but divides not the hoof; it is unclean unto you. And the coney because it chews the cud, but divides not the hoof: it is unclean unto you. And the hare because it chews the cud, but divides not the hoof: it is unclean unto you. And the swine though it divides the hoof and is clovenfooted, yet it chews not the cud: it is unclean to you. Of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their carcase you shall not touch: they are unclean to you.
  • 9 These shall you eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, those shall you eat. 10 But all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of any reptile in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you; 11 they shall be an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, and ye shall have their carcasses in abomination.  12 Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
  • 13 And these ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they shall be an abomination: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray, 14 the vulture, and the kite according to his species, 15 every raven according to his species, 16 the owl, the night hawk, the cuckow, and the hawk according to his species; 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the swan, the pelican, the gier eagle, 19 the stork, the heron according to her species, the lapwing, and the bat.
  • 20 Every flying insect that creeps, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. 21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying insect that goes upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap with them upon the earth; 22 these of them ye may eat: the locust according to his species and the bald locust according to his species and the beetle according to his species and the grasshopper according to his species. 23 But all other flying insects, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
  • 27 And of all the animals that go on all four, any that walk upon their paws are unclean unto you; whoever touches their carcase shall be unclean until the evening.
  • 29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the animals that creep upon the earth: the weasel and the mouse and the frog according to his species 30 and the ferret and the lizard and the snail and the slug and the mole.
  • 41 And every reptile that creeps upon the earth is an abomination; it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatever goes upon the belly and whatever goes upon four or more feet among all reptiles that creep upon the earth, ye shall not eat; for it is abomination. 43 Ye shall not defile your souls with any reptile that creeps, neither shall ye contaminate yourselves with them, that ye should be unclean with them. 44 For I am the LORD your God; ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy; neither shall ye defile your souls with any reptile that moves upon the earth.
  • 45 For I am the LORD that causes you to come up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. 46 This is the law of the animals and of the fowls and of every living creature that moves in the waters and of every animal that creeps upon the earth: 47 to make a difference between the unclean and the clean and between the animals that may be eaten and the animals that may not be eaten.”  Leviticus 11: various verses

We see then, just a few chapters later that God told the people He would bring them into the promise land if they obeyed His commands, and once they entered into it, God seems to place some more focus back on the vegetarian diet…

“And when ye have come into the land and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall circumcise the foreskin of the fruit; three years it shall be uncircumcised unto you; it shall not be eaten of. 24 But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holiness of rejoicing unto the LORD. 25 And in the fifth year ye shall eat of the fruit thereof that it may yield unto you the increase thereof. I AM your God. 26 Ye shall not eat any thing with blood…. ”  Leviticus 19:23-26

But now, the people of Israel start their wanderings through the dessert because of their disobedience.  They are lacking food and so God provided a miracle food from heaven to sustain them each day for the 40 years of their wandering.  It was to also show them a deeper spiritual meaning that they could be sustained by the Word of the Lord, the bread of life, who we would later find out was the Messiah, Yahushua.

  • “And when the sons of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna (What is it?): for they did not know what it was. Then Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”  Exodus 16:15
  • “Thus the sons of Israel ate manna forty years until they came to a land inhabited; they ate manna until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.”   Exodus 16:35
  • “And he afflicted thee and caused thee to hunger and sustained thee with manna, food of which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know, that he might make thee know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD shall man live.”  Deuteronomy 8:3 
  • “Our fathers ate manna in the desert, as it is written, He gave them of the bread from the heaven to eat.”  John 6:31
  • “And Yahushua said unto them, I AM the bread of life; he that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes in me shall never thirst. ”  John 6:35
  • “He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the congregations; To him that overcomes I will give to eat of the hidden manna and will give him a small white stone and in the stone a new name written, which no one knows except the one that receives it.”  Revelation 2:17

However, in their wanderings, the people started to complain about their boring diet.  They craved the flesh of the Egyptian food.  It would seem that once one has the taste of flesh, that the desire for the flesh increases and becomes almost overpowering.  So, God in His anger, gives them the desires of their hearts and overpowers them with flesh upon flesh.  Take note that God doesn’t give them flesh to begin with, but only give it out of anger, and He considers it turning them over to sin.

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. ”  Romans 8:7

  • 13 Where should I find flesh to give unto all these people? For they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh that we may eat….18 But thou shalt say unto the people, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, and ye shall eat flesh, for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was better with us in Egypt. Therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. 19 Ye shall not eat one day nor two days nor five days neither ten days nor twenty days, 20 But even a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and it becomes loathsome unto you, because ye have despised the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, Why have we come forth out of Egypt? 21 Then Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen, and thou hast said, I will give them flesh that they may eat a whole month! 22 Shall sheep and oxen be slain for them, to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? ” Numbers 11:13,18-22
  • 10 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt; open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 But my people did not hearken to my voice, and Israel did not love me. 12 So I gave them up unto the hardness of their heart, and they walked in their own counsels. 13 Oh, if my people would hearken unto me and Israel would walk in my ways! 14 I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their adversaries. 15 The haters of the LORD would have submitted themselves unto him, and their time would endure for ever. 16 And God would have fed them also the finest of the wheat, and with honey out of the rock I would have satisfied thee.”  Psalm 81: 10-16
  • 24 Therefore God also gave them over to the lusts of their own hearts for uncleanness, to contaminate their own bodies between themselves, 25 who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for all ages. Amen.”  Romans 1:24-25 (These verses are specifically talking about sexual sins, but we see the reference to the unclean here which is symbolized by the eating of flesh earlier).

We next that Daniel, and his friends, do not want to offend God by eating what was unclean, so they make a pack to only eat vegetables during a time of trial.  Because of their obedience to not defile themselves with flesh, God honors them at the end by giving them knowledge and intelligence beyond their peers plus He also gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams because it was his idea and his leadership that kept his friends on the correct path.

And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s food and of the wine which he drank, so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. ¶ And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s food, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (And God brought Daniel into grace and mercy with the prince of the eunuchs.) 10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for when he shall see your faces more downcast than the other young men who are like unto you, then ye shall condemn my head before the king. 11 Then Daniel said to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 Prove, now, with thy slaves ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenances of the young men that eat of the portion of the king’s food; and as thou seest, deal with thy slaves. 14 So he consented to them in this matter and proved them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than the young men who ate the portion of the king’s food. 16 Thus Melzar took the portion of their food and the wine that they should drink and gave them vegetables. 17 ¶ And unto these four young men, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in all letters and science; furthermore Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.:  Daniel 1:5-17

We see next from the prophet Hosea, that one of the numerous tribes of Ephraim (Joseph’s youngest son who was prophesied over stating that this offspring would be the largest nation who would depart from Yahweh), that they would eat unclean food and thus everything that they eat after would be polluted because of their turning from Yahweh, and hence their souls would be polluted as they pursued the desires of their flesh.

They shall not remain in the land of the LORD; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt and to Assyria where they shall eat unclean food. They shall not pour out wine unto the LORD, neither shall he take pleasure in their sacrifices; as the bread of mourners shall they be unto them; all that eat thereof shall be polluted; for their bread shall not enter into the house of the LORD because of their soul.”  Hosea 9:3-4

In Isaiah, we read a prophecy given to him about the times of the end when God will come to judge all flesh and He will make a separation between those who have purified themselves, and those who have kept in the ways and eating of the flesh, eating and doing what Yahweh was determined to be abominable.

15  For, behold, the LORD 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 will the LORD judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be multiplied. 17 Those that sanctify themselves and purify themselves in the gardens, one behind another; those that eat swine’s flesh and abomination, and the mouse shall be cut off together, saith the LORD. 18 For I understand their works and their thoughts. The time shall come to gather all the Gentiles and tongues; and they shall come and see my glory.”  Isaiah 66:15-18

In the gospels, we see the people eating fish many times, and Yahusha providing fish for them, a clean food, with scales & fins as identified in Leviticus.

“And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. ”  Luke 9:16

But, we now come to some new passages in the New Testament that seems to eliminate any difference in food.  It’s kind of like they were saying, it’s no big deal now what you eat or what you don’t, if it doesn’t lead to internal guilt or doesn’t lead to you being judgemental of others.  It would seem from Acts 10 that God associates the unclean food with unclean people and now, God is allowing the unclean people to be made clean, symbolized by the allowance, once again, for man to eat anything living.

15 there is nothing from outside the man that entering into him can defile him, but the things which come out of him, those are what defile the man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. 17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18 And he said unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not understand that anything from outside that enters into the man cannot defile him? 19 Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and the man goes out to the privy and purges all foods. 20 For he had said that it is what comes out of the man that defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth the evil thoughts, the adulteries, the fornications, the murders, 22 the thefts, the covetousness, the wickedness, the deceit, the lasciviousness, the evil eye, the slander, the pride, the unwiseness: 23 all these evil things come out from within and defile the man.”  Mark 7:15-23

¶ On the morrow, as they went on their journey and drew near unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour; 10 and he became very hungry and would have eaten; but while they made ready, he fell into a rapture of understanding 11 and saw the heaven opened and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners and let down to the earth, 12 in which were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and reptiles and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter, kill and eat. 14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice spoke unto him again the second time, That which God has cleansed, do not call common. 16 This was done three times, and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men who were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house and stood before the gate 18 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore and get thee down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them….28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an abominable thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company or come unto one of another nation; but God has showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore I came unto you without doubting, as soon as I was sent for; I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?…34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons; 35 but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. 36 The word which God sent unto the sons of Israel, preaching the gospel: peace by Yahushua Ha Machiach (he is Lord of all), 37 that word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, 38 how God anointed Yahushua of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of Judea and in Jerusalem, whom they slew hanging him on a tree. 40 This same one God raised up the third day and showed him openly, 41 not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people and to testify that it is he who is ordained of God to be the Judge of living and dead. 43 Unto him all the prophets give witness, that whosoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins through his name. 44 ¶ While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, that also on the Gentiles the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 Can anyone forbid water that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they begged him to tarry certain days.”  Acts 10:various verses

19 Therefore my sentence is that those from among the Gentiles who are converted to God not be troubled, 20 but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood.”  Acts 15:19-20

Bear with the one who is sick in the faith, but not unto doubtful discernment. For one believes that he may eat all things; another, who is sick, eats vegetables. Let not him that eats despise him that does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him that eats; for God has raised him up. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? By his own master he stands or falls; and if he falls, he shall be made to stand, for God is powerful to make him stand. Also, some make a difference between one day and another; others esteem every day alike. Let each one be fully persuaded in his own soul. He that observes the day, let him observe it unto the Lord; and he that does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He that eats, eats unto the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that does not eat, unto the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us live for ourselves, and no one dies for himself. For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died and rose and revived: to thus exercise lordship over the dead as well as over the living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou belittle thy brother? for we shall all stand before the tribunal of the Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us, therefore, not judge one another any more, but judge this rather: that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know and trust in the Lord Yahushua that for his sake there is nothing unclean, but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.15 But if thy brother is grieved because of thy food, now thou dost not walk in charity. Do not destroy him with thy food, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of; 17 for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he that in these things serves the Christ is well pleasing unto God and approved of men. 19 Let us, therefore, follow after the things which make for peace and the edification of each one to the others. 20 Because of food, do not destroy the work of God. All things indeed are clean, but it is evil for that man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine nor do any thing by which thy brother stumbles or is offended or is sick. 22 Thou hast faith; have it to thyself before God. Blessed is he that does not condemn himself with that thing which he allows. 23 And he that makes a difference is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat by faith; and whatsoever is not out of faith is sin.” Romans 14:1-23

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, listening to spirits of error and doctrines of demons; that in hypocrisy shall speak lies; having their conscience seared as with a hot iron; they shall forbid to marry and shall command men to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who are faithful and have known the truth. For everything that God created is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. ¶ If thou put these things before the brethren, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, unto which thou hast attained.”  1 Timothy 4:1-6

4 As concerning, therefore, the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For though there are some that are called gods, whether in heaven or in the earth (as there are many gods and many lords), but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord, Yahushua Ha Mashiach, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7 Howbeit there is not in everyone that knowledge, for some with conscience of the idol unto now, eat it as a thing offered unto an idol, and their conscience being weak is defiled. But food does not make us more acceptable unto God; for neither if we eat are we the better, neither if we eat not are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumblingblock to those that are weak. 10 For if anyone sees thee who hast this knowledge sit at food in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols? 11 and through thy knowledge the weak brother shall perish, for whom Christ died. 12 In this manner, therefore, sinning against the brethren and wounding their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother to fall, I will never eat flesh nor do anything which may cause my brother to fall.”  1 Corinthians 8:4-13

So, what is Kosher food?  Kosher food is the food allowed in the Torah for the original Israeites.  Here’s a fun, short video to hear the difference.

So, is Kosher food required today or can we eat anything we wish?  My conclusion from this study (which got way longer than I ever thought as I really didn’t know there was that much in the Bible about this), is that from a physical standpoint, God originally created man as vegetarians, so that was His ultimate desire.  It would appear this meant that for us to be at optimal health, that we would stick to the original diet of Adam and Eve (and confirmed when Daniel and his friends undertook this same diet for 3 years).  But, God allowed a concession for us in our diet to include meats, but with this concession, we would suffer additional consequences of decreasing health like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer (now with the junk that is injected in cows and chickens), and more, and with the decreasing health, our life spans would be shortened as well.  So, though we are allowed to eat it, it may not be the best for us and we might consider our choices and future outcomes. (Another example is when God allowed divorce.  It was not His original plan, but He allowed it because of the hard-hardheartedness of our hearts).

On a spiritual note, everything that God places in the Bible has both a physical and spiritual meaning.  The meat seemed to both represent the fleshly desire for sin as well as a dual meaning of those who are not of God and following after their own gods and own desires.  It also seems to show that even though God previously rejected those following after their own desires of the flesh, that they too would be accepted into God’s favor if they came to Him with a desire to know Him, believe Him, and trust Him.

Why would Kosher food still be observed by Messianic Jews today?  I feel like it is more of a respect issue, possibly a health issue, and a promised blessing for obeying.  I am tending to think that perhaps the vision that Peter had to eat even unclean things was just God showing him a picture of the fact that they should share the message with the unclean as well (previously Jews had even had in their man made laws to not even talk to or touch a deviled person).  I’m not thinking He meant to change His dietary laws, but rather show a picture, like the parables.  The people who were once disgusting to them, should be the ones who they should share this amazing message with.  Though these laws in Leviticus possibly could have been cancelled by this vision, it also may not have been as we are also told that God never changes and that His laws are good, so it probably would be best to try to continue in following this diet because God set out a perfect diet early on that would be healthier for us.  We need to try our best by loving God by following His commands, and there were promised blessings for those who were diligent to keep His commands.  Those sound like good reasons to me.  We aren’t saved by our keeping of these laws, but one that, if we do, we might find ourselves blessed.  On a side note I just learned something about shrimp and why we shouldn’t eat them (as also shown by God).  They eat bacteria and are meant to do that.  They have a great potential to get us sick when we eat them because they carry the bacteria cholera in them.  Maybe God does know best.

  • 13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day: to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul 14 that I will give you the rain of your land in its due season, the early rain and the latter rain, and thou shalt gather in thy grain and thy wine and thine oil.”  Deuteronomy 11:13-14
  • “If ye love me, keep my commandments;”  John 14:15
  • “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”  John 15:10
  • “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, exercise yourselves in these things.”  Philippians 4:8

Am I a vegan or a vegetarian?  No.  But, after doing this intense study, I’ll really be thinking about what I am choosing to eat and not eat and considering whether I will try to follow some of the Bible’s earlier plans on how to live my life in this way.  Something for us all to consider.