Now let’s use this episode to define another
term – food.
I want to deal with this issue now because
food is such wedge issue between the Church
and the Jewish people, and even causes
severe dissention within the Church itself.
Let me be unequivocal
The lord intended for food to be used as a means to
divide and polarize
Genesis 1:29-30 explains what food is defined as at this
point in history.
29 Then God said, “Here!
Throughout the whole earth I am giving you
as food every
seedbearing plant and every tree with seed-bearing
30 And to every wild animal, bird in the air
and creature crawling on the earth, in
which there is a living soul, I am giving
as food every kind of green plant.”
is how it was.
Food for mankind and animals was plants and
Now did that mean that some
animals didn’t eat other animals and that
man did NOT eat meat at this time?
No; rather it
meant that God defined food as plants and
therefore when animals or humans ate
animals (or other things) they were eating
things that were NOT food.
Not even fish was
for food as of this time.
Let’s explore that.
Noach was told to bring food into the Ark
for his family and for the Animals
Again, what is food?
Food is what is appropriate as a source of
nutrition for our bodies.
The question that is larger, however, is:
who defines what is appropriate as food
and what is not. Who defines it?
What SHOULD be consumed as food contrasted
with what might be (but ought not to be)
consumed as food.
God defined food in the first chapter of Genesis.
However man soon decided he preferred
something else to be added to his diet.
But to God’s way of thinking humans (and
apparently some animals) began to eat things
that are forbidden because they are NOT
Think about it, can you eat dirt?
Of course you can and anyone who has a child
or grandchild has
probably watched in horror as they gulped
down a mouthful of dirt before you could stop
Do you know why they ate dirt?
Because in some way it smelled and tasted
So why would you want to stop them?
Because it’s not food; dirt is for
Food, by God’s definition, is not merely
anything that you can manage to get into your
mouth and swallow, or anything that might
taste reasonably good.
Not even anything just because it can be digested
That is the entire point of God carefully
defining what His people may and may not eat
the Law of Moses.
God has carefully defined what food is and
what food is not.
food that is not kosher (so to speak) is to
eat things that are not food.
Now of course
Hebrew Tradition has created a lot of rules
and regulations on the subject and much of
is of a very questionable nature.
Rules have been created that seem to go well
beyond the rather simple intent of what is
proper eating as described in the Torah.
But the bottom line is this: when the Bible
the term food, it by definition means things
that God has assigned for men to eat.
That’s what it means.
Whether Old Testament or New, when a Hebrew
speaks of food it ONLY means Kosher
food because all else is NOT food.
You’ll never see in the Bible the word “kosher”
“authorized” or “permitted” used as a
modifier to the
word “food” because it would be redundant.
Food is ONLY things that are divinely
authorized and clean (ritually clean) and
meant to be eaten.