Did Jesus really declare all “foods” clean?
By: Eric Turner
Over the years I have heard many of the arguments that our Perfect Messiah Yeshua/Jesus declared pork, shellfish, and anything else clean for consumption as food by the Spiritual Leaders and Seminary scholars of the Word within Christianity. What we are going to do here is test these things like good Bereans to see if there is any Truth in this matter. Will it pass the test of scripture, or will it fail miserably? Let us start with the scriptures in the New Testament. In the King James version, the words “and commanding” is added by translators in this verse.
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, “and commanding” to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
This changes the ENTIRE meaning of the scripture. Remember, commas and punctuation does not exist in the Greek or Hebrew Languages, so all Punctuations are also added. It should read.
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
This is speaking of Catholic Doctrine obviously. Now these scriptures go on the say,
1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:5 For it is SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD and prayer.
So, what we find here is these false teachers are forbidding the abstinence from meats, not teaching people to abstain from unclean animals. The scripture says 1. God created this meat to be received with thanksgiving, and 2. It is sanctified by the word of God. Pork and other unclean animals are NOT Sanctified by the Word of God. Lev. 11 shows this.
Lev 11:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but 5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;15 Every16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.26 The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.28 And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.31 These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.33 And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.34 Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean.35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you.36 Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.37nd if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be sown, it is clean, 38 But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.39 And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even.40 And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.41 And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.42 Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.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 yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God, YE SHALL BE THERFOR HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:47 To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
This statement of “ye shall be therefor Holy, for I am Holy”, is quoted by Peter in the context of teaching others.
1Pe 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Every single time this phrase is written as Peter says, it is written in the context of eating Kosher and keeping the Sabbaths. Next, Peter’s vision about the unclean animals. We must remember, the Messiah spoke in Parables, but why?
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
He speaks in Parables so that the unworthy will not know the Truth, so he is blinding them to the secrets of the Kingdom. Now, we cannot have the Word of God contradicting itself, so if it was commanded in the beginning that certain animals are unclean, we cannot hold the Messiah’s command to kill and eat as literal, because they would contradict the entirety of Torah and the Prophets, in which he said not one jot or tittle would be removed from. The great thing is the meaning of the vision is given to Peter, and he doubted Himself in what the vision meant. Look at the vision in context.
Act 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh 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 trance,11 And saw 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 Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, 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 anything that is COMMON or UNCLEAN15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou COMMON.16 This was done thrice: 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 which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which 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.21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that IT IS AN UNLAWFUL thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not CALL ANY MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN.
The meaning of the vision is given right there. Now in the Torah, there is no command separating Jew and Gentile, yet Peter says it is an UNLAWFUL thing for a Jew to keep company with one of another Nation. What “law” would this be violating? First, let us look at the Torah and see what it says.
Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Lev 24:22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
Num 15:15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
Num 15:16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
This quite clearly states that there is no differences between Jew and Gentile in Torah, so what “law” made it unlawful for a Jew to not keep company with Gentiles?
“If you eat with a non-Jew it is the same as eating with a dog.” TALMUD: Tosapoth, Jebamoth 94b.
“God is displeased when Jews show hospitality to gentiles”. (BT Sanhendrin 104a).
This is Talmudic law that Peter is saying that it is unlawful to keep company from one of another Nation. Then he goes on to say that God showed Him that he should call no man common or unclean. The Vision was a parable, not to be taken literally, and Peter understood this very well. The same concept is to be applied to Galatians 2 where Paul rebukes Peter for leaving the Table with Gentiles out of “fear of the Jews”. This offense of Talmudic law was punishable by death, and Paul rebuked Peter for showing this Hypocrisy. It was not the Law of YHVH that is being discussed in Galatians 2, but the law of the Pharisees, the same law Paul says he died to when he was saved by Yeshua. Nowhere in the context of Galatians 2 is anything about what was being eaten discussed, so for those who wish to use this as an example of Peter eating anything unclean has placed men’s precepts into a text that states absolutely nothing about what was on the menu.
Gal 2:11 But when Cephas(Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;16 yet we know that a person is NOT JUSTIFIED BY WORKS OF THE LAW but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by WORKS OF THE LAW NOONE WILL BE JUSTIFIED.17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
Several times here Paul is saying noone will be justified by “works of the law” but in the Book of Romans Paul says this.
Rom 2:11 For God shows no partiality.12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the DOERS OF THE LAW WHO WILL BE JUSTIFIED.14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
So, we see here Paul SEEMS to be contradicting Himself, but when you understand the Talmudic Traditions of that day, and understand that Peter was showing Hypocrisy for not eating with Gentiles as it says in the Talmud, now we can understand what law Paul is speaking of and it is not the Torah of YHVH.
“If you eat with a non-Jew it is the same as eating with a dog.” TALMUD: Tosapoth, Jebamoth 94b.
So, we see through all this that Paul nor Peter ever ate anything unclean, and never taught others to do so. We also may be able to understand better what Peter warned of when he said that Paul’s letters are hard to understand and that those who are unlearned twist them, along with other scriptures to their own destruction. He then warns for us to not be carried away by the deception of LAWLESS people.
2Pe 3:15 Think of our Lord’s patience as salvation, just as our dear brother PAUL also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.16 He speaks about this subject in all his letters. Some things in them are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which ignorant and unstable people distort to their own destruction, as they do the rest of the Scriptures.17 And so, dear friends, since you already know these things, continually be on your guard not to be carried away by THE DECEPTION OF LAWLESS PEOPLE, lest you fall from your secure position.
So, let us now move on to the Prophets and see what they say in the matter.
Isa 66:15 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 plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
Some will argue that this applies to Jews only, but we find in Isaiah 65, that it also applies to Gentiles.
Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me(GENTILES); I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a NATION THAT WAS NOT CALLED BY MY NAME. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
So the Prophets agree with the Torah, as well as Paul and Peter. We see that Paul is at times hard to understand, and that he seems to contradict Himself, but by understanding the Talmudic Law that the Jews in whom Paul calls “The Circumcision Party”, we can see that Paul did not contradict himself, nor the remainder of scripture set from the beginning. Speaking of the Beginning, Noah also knew the differences between clean and unclean animals.
Gen 7:1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate,3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
So, what we see is what was clean then is still clean and what was unclean and not created as food is still unclean and still not considered “food”. Many will also use the argument that Yeshua “declared all foods clean”. Let us also test this.
Mar 7:17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable.18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him,19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
This statement in parenthasis is also not in the original text, and was added by Translators, and in the context of this verse, we see it was about washing and not washing your hands before eating. He also says this is a parable, so the notion that any declaration or commandment about anything unclean being declared clean is a precept of men fabricated through Translator bias and years of bad and inaccurate theology. This fails the test. I hope this will help you in your deliverance of the Word in a truthful and contextual manor, so that we may be able to follow the True Messiah and His True Teachings without having the Word of God contradict itself.
2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”