Food: Scripture’s Definition

Scripture defines all of its own terms. An example is the word food. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 mostly list items that are not food. Basically that is all scavengers. The scripture is very precise in this. In the Hebrew and Greek it never once uses the word food in regard to a non-food item often called an unclean thing. In 2 Corinthians 6:17 the unclean mentioned is people.

Romans 14:14 “I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is common of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be common, to him it is common.”

In Romans 14:14 the word unclean was incorrectly translated three times. The Greek actually says common which is what you see above. Common basically lets us know that the food may have been offered to an idol.

1 Timothy 4:3 “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats (food), which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

In 1 Timothy 4:3-5 the word food or meats is found which means that what was being discussed is scripturally considered food. Scripturally defined food is what one is to receive with thanksgiving. Verse 5 emphasizes the point by telling us that what is discussed is only scripturally approved. Churches distort the meaning of this verse to suggest one ignore God’s definitions.

I have dealt with Acts 10 in the past. There is not one mention during the entire event that suggest that God was telling Peter to ignore God’s Health Laws. That is after all what the Law is mostly all about. The Law is there to protect life and health.

Every instance that people use to try to justify eating non-food items is easily dealt with in scripture. You can eat what you want, but be prepared to suffer poor health. Scavengers were placed on the earth to help clean it up. You are what you eat, you know.

There is an interesting Hebrew word translated abominable in the following verse. If you look in the dictionary for the word pig it says that it is of unknown source. Well perhaps this is from whence it came? Here is the Hebrew for this instance of the word abominable from Strong’s.

pig-gool’, pig-gool’ From an unused root meaning to stink; properly fetid, that is, (figuratively) unclean (ceremonially).

Isaiah 65:4-5 “Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou.”

Proverbs 23:3 “Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.”

Interesting verse. The Hebrew word behind deceitful is falsehood. This verse always makes me think of sugary pastries or the dinner scene at the Temple of Doom in the second movie of Indiana Jones.

Christ did not die to make scavengers clean. Find the source quote and the context of the chapter in the old testament quote to fully understand 1 Peter 1:16. Can you be holy if you eat unclean things?

1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

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Strong’s Concordance

Have you ever read the instructions for use of Strong’s Concordance? James Strong wrote instructions for the use of his Hebrew and Greek dictionaries. The first word in the definition is believed to be the most accurate. The final word is considered the most radical. Anything after the punctuation :- is not a part of the definition.

Strong did a good job considering that the Koine Greek was unknown for another ten years after he published this work. However it is much of the reason we see phrases such as: Of uncertain derivation, Probably akin to, From a presumed compound of, Of uncertain affinity and Probably from.

It is always good to look at the Greek word when looking at the definition. Further understanding can be had when one realizes that a particular Greek word is where we derive certain English words.

In a few situations the definition is vague or suspect. In these cases it can help to do a search of how all the instances a particular Hebrew or Greek word was used. One method is to open e-Sword with the KJV+ and search using the Strong’s number. Examples are H1471 or its Greek equivalent G1484. By obtaining a list of all the words translated from these Hebrew and Greek words you will see several variations. Some of these variations were motivated by existing church doctrine.

Always check the meaning of the root words if any. Check the parts of speech. Several times in the KJV you will find a verb translated as a noun or an adjective for example which can compromise the understanding. Other sources to check are Liddell and Scott as they have a good concordance. Thayer may have been into the occult and probably should be avoided.

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The New Promised Land

Most people focus on the old land of Palestine and the country that is officially named Israeli today as the promised land of Israel. That is so old news.

During the time of King David, Nathan the prophet told of a new land where Israel would be regathered in the future.

2 Samuel 7:10 “Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime”.

Ephesians 2 mentions this regathering under Christ of those then near, House of Judah and those afar off, the House of Israel, then called nations [Gentiles] in scripture. Many believe this new land is America. It does fit the prophecies including being a great wilderness when found and a land of unwalled villages.

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The Bible is Exclusive to Israel. The Greek Word Pas

The Greek word pas (G3956) when applied to a group means “all of that part”, or “every one of that part”, or “whosoever of that part”. A lot of the verses that people use to teach a very inclusive gospel actually teach an exclusive Gospel.

Verses that include the Greek word pas include: Revelation 5:9, 7:9 and 1 Timothy 2:4. These verses were discussed recently as they had been taken out of context to teach universalism or an inclusive gospel. If you need to, reread the previous articles to see the context of the three verses mentioned. Then read these verses considering the partial meaning of the word every kindred, all nations and all men found in each verse. I am adding Acts 17:26 as it also uses the Greek word pas.

Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”.

Revelation 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”.

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation”.

All of these examples have the Greek word pas. In Acts 17:26 the “all nations” can be understood as “a part of all nations”.

The truth of scripture is an exclusive Gospel for God’s true Israel people. Yes we are to take the Gospel to the World, but we are not to give away the children’s blessings in doing so. By the way, I am still checking, but the word World, to whom we take the Gospel, is from the Greek kosmos which means a portion of or part of society. It is not the entire planet. The modern day Jews are not Israelites. Let the scripture speak for itself. Believe the scripture, question the world.

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Paid Preachers

I remember a Bible student coming to our dorm and saying goodbye. Any guesses on the number of preaching school students who quit after learning enough Greek to know that what they have been taught all of their lives isn’t what the scripture teaches? Most of them realize that if they taught what the scripture really says they would be without a job. Some hang in there and try to preach it after a time. Mostly they lose their job or are told to stop teaching it.

“That this is a rebellious people… Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits”. Isaiah 30:9-10

Most people have no idea that students in preaching schools get a little Bible, a little doctrine, a little training on refuting anything that is different from their particular doctrine and a whole lot of business management and speaking skills. It does make one wonder about the guys who went ahead and are preaching considering the guys who quit. Billy Graham stuck with what he was paid to do and before too long he was quoted many times as saying some very unscriptural teachings.

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Treasure or Peculiar Treasure

Treasure or Peculiar treasure is another scripture defined word that is ignored or not understood.

Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”

The word treasure or peculiar treasure is defined by scripture.

Psalms 135:4 “For Yahweh hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.”

Christ stated His purpose.

Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Did Christ fail? It is only because the world has the wrong people as Israel that churches teach Christ failed in His purpose. Believe the scripture, question the world.

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The Bible is Exclusive to Israel in 1 Timothy 2:4

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Continuing a discussion that some wanted to make scripture more inclusive by advocating a broad view of 1 Timothy 2:4 having all men on the planet included. However the text shows more detail.

1 Timothy 2:6 “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

It should be noted that in discussing those same men the text says that Christ gave Himself as a ransom for all. Again we are dealing with the exclusive Law of the Kinsman Redeemer. Those men then had to be kin of the one doing the ransoming or redeeming. The act of redemption is exclusive to true Israel.

1 Timothy 2:7 “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

The Latin word Gentiles was inserted into the text in verse 7 by the translators protecting church doctrine of the day. Paul actually used the word Nations. He did this instead using Israel letting us know that he was specifically talking about the Ten Northern tribes. Hosea details the impending divorce of the Ten Northern Tribes by God. These tribes lost the right to be called Israel and were renamed “not my people” in Hosea 1:9. These “not my people” are the subject of Romans 9:24-26.

Romans 9:24-26 “Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Judeans only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.”

With Christ these “not my people” or Nations again became known as Christians. This has all occurred as history shows.

Hosea 2:23 “And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.”

By the way “sow” is a key word. See the Matthew 13 parables.

It is important to remember that the people of Israel now make up many nations, a multitude of nations and a company of nations as promised to Abraham, Jacob and Ephraim. (The modern day Jews are not Israelites.)

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The Bible is Exclusive to Israel in Revelation 5 and 7

Recently there was a discussion that some wanted to make scripture more inclusive by advocating a broader view of Revelation 5:9 and 7:9. Many Christian churches unfortunately teach this broader view.

Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”.

Revelation 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”.

Part of the answer is in the Greek preposition “ek” meaning out of. It turns out that both verses answer the prophecy of God in Amos 9:9 to sift the children of Israel “among” all nations.

Amos 9:9 “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”

So God spread the children of Israel through deportations among the nations and then brought them “out of” all nations to the new promised lands, 2 Samuel 7:10.

The word plainly says “out of” in Revelation 5:9 along with the use of the word redeemed. Remember redemption is based on the exclusive Law of the Kinsman Redeemer. Redemption is exclusive to true Israel. One must be kin to act as the Kinsman Redeemer. This is why Christ’s lineage is listed in Matthew 1 and Luke 3.

In Revelation 7:9 the translators used “of” in the KJV when it should read “out of” all nations. The verse also starts with “after this”, but the Greek meaning is “Amid or Among this”. Among this is included a listing of the twelve tribes or nations of Israel who were sealed.

It is important to remember that the people of Israel now make up many nations, a multitude of nations and a company of nations as promised to Abraham, Jacob and Ephraim. (The modern day Jews are not Israelites.)

It is a precarious action to make solid doctrine, giving away the inheritance, out of text that is highly symbolic.

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The Law of God is for Our Protection

Many years ago a preacher told a story that I have modified to teach a lesson.

There are cows in a very large pasture. The pasture is protected by a fence. The cows are Israel. The fence is the Law of God.

Now we are in the new testament time. Men came along and tied each cow to a rope and stake in the field. Most of the cows accepted this because it had the appearance of being a higher moral ground. While they were at it they tore down the fence saying that it was no longer necessary.

More men came along and fully tied up each cow saying that this would further protect them.

Ever since the fence was torn down wolves and other wild animals have been coming in and having all of the cows that they wanted.

This is what is going on today. This can be used to show the evils of Asceticism, the Gnostics to even immigration. It works even better with sheep instead of cows.

God’s Law protects and brings blessings.

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Bearing Fruit or Who Does the Saving?

Recently I received an email from one who was very worried and losing sleep over their lack of ability to get other people saved. Here is my response.

You have nothing to worry about. You are not God.

1 Corinthians 3:6 “I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase.”

Only God gives the increase. Only those God draws to Himself are able to be saved.

John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

If you want to have a better experience consider the ground in which you are planting the Gospel.

Read the parables in Matthew 13 for information. A farmer does not spend all his time worrying about the rocky and thorny ground. He spends his time on the good ground. Spending time on good ground gives the better increase. Most have been ignoring the good ground for the last couple of decades and the good ground is going fallow. In other words spend your time teaching the people who have been the most prolific Christians of the last 2000 years. We can teach the gospel to all, but it is not a real conversion if incentives are used. Missionaries are notorious for using incentives to make their numbers look better. When the incentives are removed one finds very few of those people left to teach. However, when people see Christians being blessed by God they come to those asking about the blessings.

One other detail of the parables and the whole of scripture. Follow Christ’s example. Did He spend more time teaching personal salvation or the Kingdom of God? Do as Christ did. It works.

In Acts, Peter didn’t offer an invitation. The people were convicted by the Gospel and they asked him what they should do.

Tim

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