What did the Tenakh say about food?

Yes or No?

The Blessing of Yâ-hwéh on Nóach preceded the Law:

äGenesis 9:3-4 "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.  Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.  But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it..." - NIV

Yisrâ’Ë´l was also granted this blessing with the condition of giving thanks to Him.

äDeuteronomy 12:15-16 "However, according to all the longings of your own self you may slaughter and you may eat meat, according to the blessing of Yâ-hwéh your Mighty Ones that He gave to you. Within all of your gates: the unclean and the clean [meat], one may eat it like the gazelle or like the ibex; however  the blood you must not eat - on the ground you shall pour it like the waters..."

[For a thorough analysis on the translation of the above verse, click HERE]

...then giving thanks with offerings:

(then they were to eat the tithe  for Yâ-hwéh before Yahweh at the place He chose (verse 17-18), or do the burnt offerings if they were too far away (verse 26-27)

But this is the new covenant way to offer thanks:

Hosea 14:2 "Return, Israel, to Yâ-hwéh your Mighty Ones, because you fell down by your sin.  Take words with you, and return to Yâ-hwéh; say to Him: 'Bear away all our sin and receive us well, so we may offer the bulls of our lips..."

This explains these verses in the Post-Advent Scriptures:

1 Timotheos 4:1-5 - ¶ But the Spirit speaks outspokenly that in latter seasons, some shall instigate to revolt from the persuasion, giving heed to misleading spirits and instructions of gods in the fakery of false words, their own conscience being cauterized:


...instructing to abstain from meats, which Yâ-hwéh created for reception with thanksgiving for the persuaded, who also acknowledge the Truth.

Because every creature of Yâ-hwéh is virtuous, and not even one is to be rejected, being received with thanksgiving,

For it is purified through Yâ-hwéh's Word with supplication.


However the restriction on eating blood continued:

Acts 15:20 "Nevertheless, let it be written to them to abstain from the defilement of what is offered to the worshipped images, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood."

Therefore the Leviticus 11 food laws do not annul the blessing of Nóach, just as the Law does not annul the promise of ’Avrâhâ´m.  Both laws are fulfilled through our persuasion on Yâhuwshúa`.

Kosher food laws?

Newcomer Christians: most (near-miss) "sacred name" groups advocate obeying the Leviticus 11 food laws by eating only Kosher food approved by those that conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework. It presents a major obstacle for Christians to continue seeking Truth, when they already realize this is an incorrect teaching.  It is a major issue for these groups which they quarrel about emotionally, even resorting to insults, sending those who seek Truth from them scampering away, recognizing that this spirit they are in is NOT the right one.  Our no-holds barred no-compromise proscriptural website tackles this issue comprehensively by writing all the big picture, what all scriptures say about the issue of clean versus unclean food, which everyone seems to miss somehow, except Páulus and the first century convocation.


For the record, about myself, I do eat clean food, I do not ever eat unclean food or blood or strangled things.  My food is cleansed by the Word.  My food is cleansed by His Word through supplication. Any other name will not work.

Before you read further, empty your mind of whatever you may have heard before; about this page, about me, about what your Pastor/Rabbi/Priest taught you, even of what you think of this issue. I am not advocating that anyone can eat anything anytime any way. I am not advocating that everything is already clean.

Why are there differences in doctrines among groups who worship Yâ-hwéh?

Groups selecting which scriptures to believe and disbelieving and ignoring others is a sure sign of a cult, though they may have been around for a LONG time.  Individuals who do this are either placing more trust in a group's doctrine than scripture, or are ignorant of the contradicting verses.  You can tell which of these is the case by teaching them these scriptures.  Yet, if at any time scriptures seem to contradict each other, or anyone's belief about what other scriptures say, then one of two things are happening, either:

    1.  The translation is bad, or
    2.  The understanding of the said scriptures is erroneous.

In the case of this topic, BOTH of these problems are involved.  An individual Truth-seeker will humble himself when reading scripture, to not lean to his/her own understanding, and will reconcile seemingly contradictory scriptures by researching to understand how they agree and changing one's mind.  But to go to the root of the problem, the Spirit of Truth is sent by the Father by the name of the Son (John 14:26), and those who have a wrong name for Him, even a near-miss name, do not have this One Spirit which would give them unity of doctrine, and therefore do not have access to the mind of the Anointed in order to understand.

The right name prevents divisions

10.  So I implore you, my brothers, about the name of our Sovereign Yâhuwshúa` the Anointed, that ye maintain the same Word for all, so there will be no schisms among you!  And be ye completely equipped within the same understanding and within the same knowledge!

[1 Qorinthiym (Corinthians) 1: 10]

The groups advocating the material interpretation of food laws have the following things in common, discussed below:

1) a materialistic interpretation of scriptures which are spiritually understood.
2) the nerve to declare as "uninspired" whatever scripture contradicts their doctrines.

1) The materialistic interpretation of scripture makes them increasingly resemble the externalistic display-oriented religion of "Judaism". "Judaism" is FILLED with material displays of misinterpreted scripture, and it is a slippery slope that groups pursuing self-justification and fleeing the Christian lawlessness will stumble down, even to the point of denying the Anointed Yâhuwshúa` just as "Judaism" does. Need I enumerate a list of materialistic misinterpretations of spiritually understood scriptures which "Judaism" manifests visibly in their attire, hairstyles, accessories, and behavior? This page is aimed at only one of these, the material misinterpretation of the spiritual food laws, and to explain their purpose.

2) There is an increasing audacity among near-miss namer groups which embrace such doctrines based on materialistic scriptural misinterpretations to simply give up on entire authors of scripture, as if they could isolate the spiritual explanations to one or two authors and toss it out of their scripture canon. The author they most commonly excise is Páulus, for whom we wrote a brief defense in the FAQ, and Bar-Nâvíy ("Barnabas") if they get a whiff of what HE wrote. But groups realizing what we point out then proceed to boycott Luwqá’ who wrote Deeds of the Delegates ("Acts of the Apostles") as being "biased" for Páulus, then surely one would have to toss out his Glad Tidings too. And they also kick out Këph ("Peter") because he also wrote that he supported Páulus. Then they rage against Yâhuwshúa` Himself for saying what He did, too, so their transformation to "Judaism" becomes complete. After reading this entire page, you will see that they would also need to toss out Moshéh, their favorite author, as well as several others, to continue their doctrine! Indeed such people love their traditions much more than they love Yâ-hwéh!

Why do most "sacred" name groups advocate Jewish Kosher doctrines?

Most near-miss name groups order a material obedience to the Leviticus 11 unclean food laws, and ignore all that the scriptures have to say about how we are able to eat them legally. They assume without any proof that the scriptures permitting eating such things are mistranslations by the establishment. They don't even open their heart to what the Tenakh ("Old Testament") says about it when they read that either (see left margin). This is probably because when they formed, they wanted to return to the old ways and be different from the corrupt Babylon-religions they left, and fell for Jewish fables (KJV; see proper translation below). Páulus gave Kosher doctrine as an example of these fables:

14. And [command] that they not pay attention to “Yehuwthíy”-like myths and the commandments of humans who utterly detest the Truth.*

15.  Everything indeed is clean to those cleansed; but to those who are defiled and those disbelieving, nothing is clean!  Instead, both their mind and conscience are defiled!

16.  They profess to acknowledge Yâ-hwéh, but by their deeds deny Him, being detestable and rebelliously unpersuadable, and disapproved for any good work.

[Titus 1:14-16]

Truly the most compelling scripture which these groups rely on is in Isaiah 65: 1-7, where Páulus says it is speaking about Yisrâ’Ë´l (Christians) in Romans 10:21:

2.  “The entire day I had stretched out My hands toward a stubbornly rebellious people, even one contradicting, "The Way is not good!" [Bar-Nâvíy 12: 4] walking according to their errant imaginations!

3.  This is the people who provoke Me to my Face continually; they offer slaughter offerings in the orchards and make incense smoke offerings on the tiles to the gods that do not exist.

4.  The ones staying with the ones to be buried and who spend the night with their watchers; the ones eating the flesh of the swine [Bar-Nâvíy 10: 1-3] and the broth of the offerings is foul refuse, it contaminates all of their implements.

5.  The ones saying,

"Approach ye each other, do not have relations with me, because I have been purified from you."

These are the smoke in My anger, the fire that is burning in it all day long...

This is in within a prediction of future judgment, and is understandable, when one considers that the rebellious Yisrâ’Ë´l (Christianity) it refers to here is not the Virgin of Yisrâ’Ë´l which acknowledges the Truth, it is the Christians who eat unclean food without thanking Him by His true name. But when we understand the spiritual meaning of eating these unclean animals (Bar-Nâvíy 10), the following verse truly identifies these who imitate swine, asking for Him only when they need Him and forgetting Him when they are sated, and ingesting the Abomination Lie, and ingesting Islamic doctrines. Ysha`Yahuw (Isaiah) also says this, in 66:16-18.  There they are written about again, predicting their annihilation (end):

"16. Because it is by Fire Yâ-hwéh is to enter into controversy with all the Land [6th seal], and by His sword, with all of flesh [Marriage supper of the Lamb]; and the ones slain of Yâ-hwéh shall be many:

17. The ones keeping themselves separated and the ones ritually cleansing themselves at the gardens, afterwards following your houses who are eating the flesh of the swine and the detestable abomination [worshipped in Christianity], and the mouse [nibbling mouse revered in Islam, since "Alah `Akhbar" in Hebrew means the mouse will ascend!], they will cease altogether.

declares Yâ-hwéh!

18. "And I am the One coming [MattithYâ´huw 11: 3], due to their deeds and due to their imaginations, to collect together all of the heathen masses and the languages [the Great Multitude - Rev. 7:9], and they shall come and they shall see My Honor!

19. So I will set among them a signal [Sign of the Son of 'Atham], and I will send the survivors from them [144,000] to the heathen masses: Tarshíysh, Puwl, and Lúwd (the archers), Tuvâ´l, and Yâwâ´n [Greece], the distant countries that had not heed My fame and who did not see My Honor, and they will proclaim My Honor among the heathen masses."

[Yshá’Yâhuw "Isaiah" 66:16-19]

The phrase "keeping themselves separated and the ones ritually cleansing themselves" means they are trying to justify themselves (v 17 above) also identifies the name-denying Christians, as Páulus wrote:

2.  For I bear witness of them that they have zeal for Yâ-hwéh, though not about acknowledgment!  [Howshë´`á 4: 6]

3.  For they do not acknowledge Yâ-hwéh's justification [through belief in Yâhuwshúa` the Deliverer (Romans 3: 22)], and seeking to establish their own justification, they submitted not to the rectification of Yâ-hwéh!

[Romans 10:2-3]

But if you will notice, this also describes most of the "sacred name" groups who proclaim near-miss names, who thus ALSO lack zeal about acknowledging His true name, and in THEIR itching for justification, turn to LEGALISM and JUSTIFYING THEMSELVES trying to keep the Law, just like those Christians who try to justify themselves by a false name.

Why is the unclean food of those name-denying Christians still unclean?
Is there a way we can have it cleansed?

Here is a prediction of our present-day religious establishment's false doctrines and dietary restrictions.  Here the mechanism of unclean food being cleansed for our consumption is explained:

1.  ¶ But the Spirit speaks outspokenly that in latter seasons, some shall instigate to revolt from the persuasion, giving heed to misleading spirits and instructions of gods

2.  Deceiving by the fakery, speaking the Lie, their own conscience being cauterized:

3.  Hindering to marry (one or more), instructing to abstain from meats, which Yâ-hwéh created for partaking with thanksgiving for the persuaded, and who acknowledge the Truth.

4.  Because every creature of Yâ-hwéh is virtuous, and not even one is to be rejected, if it is being received with thanksgiving,

5.  For it is purified through Yâ-hwéh's Word with supplication.  [Deuteronomy 12: 15-16 (see left margin)]

[Timotheos 4:1-5]

Thus the Christians and the near-miss namers are truly polluting themselves when they themselves eat any unclean food defined by Leviticus 11 because they do not acknowledge His Truth, the Word of Yâ-hwéh, the name of Yâhuwshúa`, and though they give thanks, it is not with the Word that would purify it. I have seen some near-miss namer groups [i.e. Asambleas de Yahweh, Bethel PA] have the audacity to even add words into their translations of these post-advent scriptures (“New Testament”) simply to support and continue their material adherence to the Law in Leviticus 11. This is sin, on the same level as inserting “Easter” into the KJV and the trinity doctrine into 1 John 5.  Here are more examples of post-advent scriptures that deal with this issue:

9.  ¶ Do not be carried around with diverse and strange teachings: it is virtue for the heart to be confirmed by favor – not meats, in which those who conducted their lives by them were not benefited.

[`Ivríym 13:9]

12.  ¶ All substances are lawful to me, nevertheless not all things are advantageous; all substances are lawful to me, nevertheless I will not be brought under the control of any.

13.  The meats are for the gut, and the gut is for meats, yet Yâ-hwéh will render both this and these entirely idle.  But the body is not for fornication, instead for Yâ-hwéh, and Yâ-hwéh is for the body,

[1 Qorinthíym 6:12-13]

Then what roles do the Leviticus 11 food laws have?

8.  The Spirit of the Pure One clarifying this: while the covenant of the first tabernacle still has a position, the Way to the Separate one of the Pure Places has not yet been rendered apparent.

9.  Which is a symbol for the season at hand, in which both offerings and burnt-offerings shall be offered, not being capable to perfect the ministrant as to conscience,

10.  And ordinances of the flesh only about meats and drinks and diverse immersions: which were set until a season of rectification is imposed.

The blood of the Covenanted

11.  But the Anointed Who has come is the High Priest of His Goodness [ZkharYâ´hu 6: 11-13], coming through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hand - that is not of this manufacture -

12.  Yet not by means of blood of goats or calves, but by means of the blood of His Self, He entered once for all into the Separate one of the Pure Places, having found endless redemption.

[`Ivríym ("Hebrews") 9:8-12]

Summary of this above passage: The Leviticus 11 food laws were part of the ordinances of the flesh, which were part of the season in which offerings and burnt-offerings were offered, when the first tabernacle still had a position and the Way of the Pure One into the Pure Place had not been manifested. Who clarified this? The Spirit.
`Ivríym ("Hebrews") 9:8-12 (above) says Leviticus food laws are made a commandment about the flesh, yet, we are already dead to the flesh, through the hanging on a gallows-cross of the Anointed, in order that wrath may abound for those in the flesh who do not acknowledge Him, and that it was not made in order to deny us the blessing which He gave us through Nóach (Genesis 9:3-4 see left margin). Yâ-hwéh is not One Who gives a privilege then changes His mind, He is not a liar to renege on His blessing, nor a thief to rob it from us without a means to get it legitimately (why do these groups try to argue this?). Deuteronomy 12:15-16 clarifies that Truth-acknowledging Yisrâ’Ë´l could have eaten anything moving, like Nóach, had they offered thanks then with offerings, as we now can, by offering thanks with our lips (Hosea 14:2 see left margin).

Does walking as He walked include these ordinances of the flesh?

One of the more common arguments kosherites present is this: "Did He eat pork?"  And since He did not, we also should not, quoting 1 John 2:6 out of context.

3.  And by this we recognize that we have acknowledged Him, if we should observe His commandments.

4.  The one alleging: “I acknowledge Him”, but isn't observing His commandments, is a liar; and the Truth is not within this one.

5.  But whoever might guard His Word [Yâhuwshúa`], truly within this one the Affectionate Love of Yâ-hwéh has been accomplished.  By this we recognize that we are within Him.

6.  The one alleging to stay within Him ought, just as that One walked about, also thus himself to walk about.

[1 Yâhuwchânâ´n (John) 2: 3-6]

This scriptural passage is saying that though keeping His commandments is a sign to recognize that we have truly acknowledged Him, to guard His Word is a much greater sign to recognize that we are within Him (We will show how indeed we DO keep His commandments, though these near-miss namers do NOT keep His Word).  Yâhuwshúa` walked about guarding His Word, and He kept His own commandments.  But, why did He not eat pork?  He also kept ALL of the Law which pertained to the flesh, as He was alive in the flesh (We on the other hand have died to the flesh).  Whoever alleges we should also keep the ordinances pertaining to the flesh should also keep the various immersions, burnt-offerings, and offerings pertaining to the first tabernacle, which He did all that was required!

And a technical note:  He could have eaten pork sinlessly if He had offered up burnt offerings of thanksgiving (Deuteronomy 12:17-18, 26-27 see left margin), but Songs ("Psalms") 40:6 and `Ivríym ("Hebrews") 10:5-7 say the Father did not require a burnt or sin offering for Yâhuwshúa`:

Slaughter and offering You did not approve of, yet with a body You have fitted Me;

For Me, a burnt offering or a sin offering You did not require.

Then I said: `Here am I, I have come, for from the roll's knob of the scroll it is written about Me; I desire to do Your will, My Mighty One, [and Your Law is in the center of My sentiments.]

[Songs 40: 6]

So then why did Yâ-hwéh make this additional condition to the blessing of Nóach (see left margin Genesis 9:3-4)?

15.  For the Law accomplishes wrath; but where there is not a law, neither is there transgression --

[Romans 4:15}

19.  For just as through the disobedience of the one human the many were constituted sinners, thus also through the obedience of the One, the many shall be constituted righteous.

20.  But the Law entered in additionally, that the offense might abound; yet where the sin abounds, the favor does overabound,

21.  In order that, just as sin reigned by death, thus might favor yet reign through justification for endless life, by the hand of Yâhuwshúa` the Anointed, our Sovereign.

[Romans 5:19-21}

Interpretation: Though justification is by persuasion, and we are credited righteousness by our belief, the Law came in alongside (not to substitute the Promise) in order that the offenses might abound, and so that wrath might be accomplished against those who are UNDER the Law since they are those who did not accept the persuasion on His name (John 3:18). Therefore, the Christians who deny Him are indeed heaping His wrath against themselves in disobeying this Law, which remains unaccomplished in them, because they do not acknowledge the Truth, just as they do with their violating all of the other commandments which they are UNDER.

Are those PORK sausages?
Freedom to eat everything should not be freedom to offend everyone

12.  And sinning thus against the brothers, and wounding their weak conscience, ye do sin against the Anointed One!

13.  Wherefore, if meat may ensnare your brother, I should not eat flesh at all for the age, in order that I may not ensnare my brother.

[1 Corinthians 8:12-13]

14. I understand and am persuaded by Yâ-hwéh Yâhuwshúa` that nothing is unclean of itself, except to him who reckons anything to be unclean, to that one alone it is unclean.

15.  But if your brother is aggravated with you due to meat, you no longer are walking about by affectionate love.  Do not destroy with your meat him for whom the Anointed died!  

16.  Let not your goodness be reviled, therefore,

17.  For the Kingdom of Yâ-hwéh is not about eating and drinking, rather righteousness and peace and happiness within the Spirit of the Pure One!

18.  For he that bondserves the Anointed by these things is well-pleasing to the Mighty Ones and is approved by the sons of 'Âthâ´m.

19.  So then we should pursue the things of peace, and the things for building up one another!

20.  Do not, for the sake of meat, depart from the work of Yâ-hwéh.  All things indeed are clean [1 Timótheos 4: 3-5]; however, to the human who eats it due to tripping, it is evil.

21.  It is virtuous to not eat flesh, nor drink wine, nor whatever our brother strikes against, or is ensnared by, being weak.

22.  Do you have a persuasion?  Hold it to yourself in Yâ-hwéh's sight.  Happy is the one not judging himself in what he does approve.

23.  But he that doubts, should he eat, has been condemned, because it is not done from believing; and everything that is not done from believing is sin.

[Romans 14:14-23]

Verse 15 above refers to believers on His name who may not yet understand this.  But for those near-miss namer brothers who do not believe on His true name, we repeat that...

15.  Everything indeed is clean to those cleansed; but to those who are defiled and those disbelieving, nothing is clean!  Instead, both their mind and conscience are defiled!

16.  They profess to acknowledge Yâ-hwéh, but by their deeds deny Him, being detestable and rebelliously unpersuadable, and disapproved for any good work.

[Titus 1:15-16]

Therefore, we recommend, for our brothers who indeed believe on His true name, to not wrangle if possible with near-miss namers about these issues about the Law, because even if they were persuaded that they can eat unclean food cleansed by the Word through supplication, they still do not have the correct Word to cleanse it!!!  The first priority is thus always to persuade them about Yâ-hwéh Yâhuwshúa`, and this is a reason they all think we are hopelessly obsessed about the name issue, and that we know nothing else.

8.  And the Word is trustworthy, so I desire you to thoroughly establish them concerning these things, in order that those who have believed on Yâ-hwéh may actively think to outstand in good works.  These things are good and profitable for the sons of 'Âthâ´m;

9.  But do not get involved in dumb questions and genealogies and quarrels and battles of the scribes of the Law (Towrâ´h), for they are useless and profitless.

[To Titus 3: 8-9]

Eat in your brother's sight what will not make him stumble, and you will be walking according to love.

The identity of the meat isn't the issue, seeking the salvation of our brothers is! And what about "food offered to idols"?

23.  All substances are lawful to me, nevertheless not all things are advantageous; all substances are lawful to me, nevertheless not all edify up the house.

24.  Let no one seek that (the edifying) of his self, rather let each one seek that of the other one.

25.  Eat everything that is sold within a butcher's stall, inquiring nothing due to the conscience,

26.  for the earth and its contents is Yâ-hwéh's!

27.  But if anyone of the unpersuaded invites you, and ye wish to go, eat all that is set before you, inquiring nothing due to the conscience.  [Exodus 34: 15]

28.  But if anyone might say to you: “This is offered to a worshipped image!”  Do not eat, due to that one that disclosed it and the conscience, for the earth and its contents is Yâ-hwéh's.

29.  Yet I say “conscience”, not that of yourself, rather the conscience of the other, for why would my freedom be decided by another's conscience?

30.  But if I partake with thanks, why am I scorned for what I give thanks?  [1 Timótheos 4: 3-4]

31.  Therefore, whether ye eat, or ye drink, or anything ye do, do all things for Yâ-hwéh's honor!

32.  Become ye inoffensive to both “Yehuwthím” and Greeks (“Christians”, modern Hellenists) and to the convocation of Yâ-hwéh.

33.  Just as I also please all in all things therein, not seeking my own advantage, rather that of the many, in order that they may be saved.

[1 Corinthians 10:23-33]

Verse 27 above is backed up by Exodus 34: 15 -

15.  ...Lest you make a treaty with an inhabitant of the land, for they adulterate after their mighty ones and they slaughter-offer for their mighty ones; yet he will invite you, and you may eat from his slaughter offering.

On meat offered to images: WHY one may not want to eat it

7.  Nevertheless, this knowledge is not in everyone (that other elohiym are nothing); and some by being conscious of the worshipped image until now, eat it as something offered to a worshipped image, and their conscience, being weak, is soiled.

8.  But meat does not assist us with Yâ-hwéh: for neither do we have an advantage if we eat, neither do we come short if we do not eat.

9.  But beware lest this, your privilege shall be made an obstacle to those being weak.

[1 Corinthians 8:7-9]

But what about Disclosure ("Revelation") 2's references to eating food offered to worshipped images spoken by Yâhuwshúa`?

14. Moreover, I have a few things against you: that you maintain there those strongly retaining the instruction of Bil`â´m, who instructed Bâlâ´q to throw a snare before the sons of Yisrâ’Ë´l: to eat things offered to worshipped images and to commit fornication.

20. But I hold things against you: that you permit your woman ’Iy-zével (Not dwelling) - she who calls herself a “prophetess” - to teach, and to mislead My bondmen to act the harlot and to eat things offered to worshipped images...

24. But I say to you, to those remaining of Thuáteira, as many as do not hold this teaching, who did not ‘know the depths of the Adversary’, as it is said; I will not cast upon you any other burden...

To these materialistic misinterpreters, they cannot reconcile these scriptures which they think contradict each other and stumble. The truth is, Páulus's explanations above were dealing with actual MATERIAL FOOD offered to heathen worshipped images, whereas Yâhuwshúa` here is speaking SPIRITUALLY about SPIRITUAL food dedicated to heathen worshipped images. The spiritual interpretation of "eating" is to SPIRITUALLY ingest, meaning learning doctrines, which in this case is dedicated to heathen worshipped images or their demons. This is the reason why Yâhuwshúa` says in verse 24 that those promoting LEARNING HEATHEN DOCTRINES (eating food offered to worshipped images) were also excusing it by calling it "knowing the depths of the Adversary". Any more doubts? Let's give more examples of this spiritual concept. When we eat the Bread of Life (Yâhuwshúa`'s name), Which was broken for us, we ingest and internalize and accept His name.

In Yâhuwchânâ´n 4:34, Yâhuwshúa` says My food is that I should perform the will of the One Who sent Me, and should finish His work."

Other spiritual metaphors of eating are "flowing with milk and honey" (Bar-Naviy 6:17)

17. What, then, does "milk and honey" mean? This, that as the infant is kept alive first by honey, and then by milk, so also we, being quickened by the Word and kept alive by the Belief in the promise, shall live and have dominion over the earth.

But a materialistic misinterpretation of spiritual scriptures and their metaphors will make you miss the much more important spiritual main points, and lead you to "Judaism", the chosen people of THIS world. We are told not to go the way of this world. Yet look! Traditional Jewish Kosher doctrines (beyond Lev.11) are called the world's decrees!

16.  Therefore, no one should condemn you about meat and about drink or about the allotment of a pure festival or new moon or Shabbâ´ths,*

17.  Which are a shadow of things about to happen with the body of the Anointed.

18.  Let no one defraud you of the prize doing their will in humility and ceremonial observance of the messengers, who is embarking onto things which he has not discerned, vainly made haughty by the intellect of his flesh,

19.  Yet who is not grasping the Head, from Whom all His body, being fully supplied through the joints and knit together through the bands, enlarges the growth of Yâ-hwéh!

20.  Then if ye died together with the Anointed from the regiments of the world, why, as if alive, do ye subject yourselves by the world's decrees?

21.  “You may not attach yourself, you may not taste, you may not handle,

22.  Things which are all for corruption to those consuming them”

according to the injunctions and instructions of the sons of 'Âthâ´m,

23.  Which are indeed a topic having wisdom in self-pleasing ritual ceremony and abasement, but the unsparing treatment of the body is not at all for any value toward supplying the flesh.

[Colossians 2:16-23]

On true-name believers who go vegetarian:

1.  ¶ However, do not admit the one being weak in the belief into disputes of reasoning.

2.  For [example], one believes to eat all things, but another, being weak, eats herbs.

3.  Let the one eating not treat the one that does not eat with contempt; and let the one not eating not judge the one that eats, for Yâ-hwéh has accepted him.

[Romans 14:1-3]

What did Yâhuwshúa` say about it?

Attention: Well-meaning but ignorant scripture scholars often apply the wrong scriptures to try to defend their views.  During His human fleshly life before His hanging on the gallows-cross, Yâhuwshúa` did not refer to this unclean food issue when He spoke the following:

Eating unwashed does not defile; evil speech defiles

10.  And having called to the crowd, He said to them:

Hear and understand!

11.  What defiles the human is not that which enters into the mouth; rather, that which exits from the mouth, this defiles the human!

12.  Then His pupils, having approached Him, said to Him:

“Do You discern that the Pharushíym having heard the saying were ensnared?”

13.  But He answering, said:

Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up.   [Tâ'ówm 40]

14.   Release them, they are blind leaders of blind ones, and if a blind one might lead blind ones, both will fall into a cistern. ”  [Sh'ówl (Chanówkh 89: 35)]

15.  But Këph, responding, said to Him:

“Define to us this parable.”

16.  But Yâhuwshúa` said:

Are ye, also, still thus, uncomprehending?

17.  Do ye not yet perceive that everything that enters into the mouth of a son of 'Âthâ´m from outside is not able to defile him [spiritually] because it doesn't enter into his heart, rather into the belly, and is expelled into the privy, purging all the food?  [Márquwç 7: 18-19]

18.  But that which exits out of the mouth comes forth from the heart, and these defile the human.

19.  For out of the mouth, come forth harmful debates, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, avarice, malice, deceit, the testimony of the Lie, licentiousness, a harmful eye, scorn, haughtiness, senselessness.

20.  These are that which proceed from within and [Márquwç 7: 21-23] defile the human; but the eating with unwashed hands does not defile the human.

[MattithYâ´huw 15: 10-20]

This account should not be used to defend Nóach's blessing. Near-miss name groups correctly defend that the statement made by Yâhuwshúa` here are delimited to eating food without washed hands , and has nothing to do with unclean meats. Misusing this to mean more than its definition which Yâhuwshúa` Himself gave is misusing and misinterpreting scripture, and will hinder rather than help.  But just because it doesn't apply, doesn't mean the kosherites are right.  Look in The Glad Tidings of Tâ'ówm 14 what Yâhuwshúa` answered His pupils' questions in verse 6, and you will see that it ALSO is true to interpret this in this way!

6.  His pupils asked Him and said to Him:

“Do You want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we donate to benevolent organizations? What diet should we observe?

Yâhuwshúa` said:

Don't lie, and don't do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven.  After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed.

14.  Yâhuwshúa` said to them,

If you fast (unwillingly), you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray (unwillingly), you will be condemned, and if you give to benevolent organizations (unwillingly), you will harm your spirits.  When you go into any region and walk around in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and cure the sick among them.  After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you.

This account of what Yâhuwshúa` said is obviously in another setting than the other one. But take note how it contains the same principle expressed in 1 Qorinthíym 10:23-33 and Exodus 34:14 and 1 Qorinthíym 8:7-9 above, starting with the subheading "The identity of the meat is not the issue, seeking the salvation of our brothers is!" For those who doubt and will start denying that Tâ'ówm is an inspired book, observe that it is confirmed that Yâhuwshúa` repeated this also in Luwqá 10:7 when He sent the 70 on missions:

7.  “...And stay at the same house, eating and drinking what they offer with them, for the workman is worthy of his food.  Do not change place from a house unto another house...

It is after Yâhuwshúa`'s resurrection that He offered the accomplishment of the Law to all those who believe on His name, not just in justification through persuasion and the promise of the spirit, but also in access to His blessing to Nóach through thanksgiving and acknowledgment of the Truth. Yâhuwshúa` said this, using it as an allegory to the fact that He made the purification accessible to human "dogs and swine" (the heathen masses):

10.  And he became very hungry and wished to eat.  But as these were preparing it for him, a altered state of mind fell upon him,

11.  And he saw the heavens opened and a certain sail descending upon him, as if a great linen sheet, bound by its four corners, and was lowered onto the earth.

12.  And upon it were all the four-legged animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the creeping things and the flying animals of the skies.

13.  And a voice came to him:

Arise, Shim`ówn Këph, slaughter and eat.”  [Genesis 9: 3]

14.  But Shim`ówn Këph said:

“By no means, my Sovereign, for I have never eaten anything detestable or unclean!”  [Leviticus 11, Letter of Bar-Nâvíy 10]

15.  And a voice again the second time said to him:

What Yâ-hwéh has cleansed, you shall not detest.”*

16.  And this took place three times, and again the sail was taken up into the heavens.

[Deeds (Acts) 10:10-16]

Yet near-miss name groups still deny the literal meaning of the what Yâhuwshúa` showed Këph, although He did this 3 times, and though scripture says in Isaiah:

8.  "Because your ideas are not My ideas, nor are your ways My ways” declares Yâ-hwéh,

9.  “As much as the heavens are higher than the earth, thus My ways are higher than your ways, and My ideas higher than your ideas,

10.  Because just as the rain or the snow descends from the heavens but it doesn’t turn back up towards there, because if it waters the land and makes it produce and causes it to sprout, yet shall it give seed for the sower and bread for the consumer,

11.  Thus has always been and continues to be My Word that goes forth from My mouth – He shall not turn back towards Me emptily, because if He achieves what I am pleased to do, yet shall He will achieve the purpose for which I dispatched Him.

[Yshá`Yâhuw (“Isaiah”) 55:8-10]

Often the literal meaning is the hardest one to accept for people set in their traditions. Consider this: if it weren't literally true, it would be a lie. Yâ-hwéh does not lie.  Moreover, consider that what He says in Acts 10:10-16 does NOT contradict Leviticus 11 at all, it qualifies it!  In a truly humble person, one definitive scripture is sufficient to persuade; here on this page there are several, within their contexts, for strong edification. So if you are teetering between believing these scriptures or going with the traditional flow of your "sacred name" group, consider this more as a test of your willingness to subject your beliefs to scripture, the litmus test of true humility.  If you cannot accept these scriptures because of your traditions, how will you believe on other scriptures which contradict other traditions?  There will be Kosher-eating brothers who proclaim the correct name who still will not believe after reading all these scriptures. For those I say: do not condemn any name-believing brother who believes in their having access to the Blessing of Nóach, because as he also believes in the true name, obviously Yâ-hwéh has accepted him! And if you yet harbor doubts, don't eat foods prohibited by Leviticus laws.

Yâ-hwéh has revealed the spiritual meaning of the food laws!

Yet in the Letter of Bar-Nâvíy Chapter 10, Yâ-hwéh revealed and Bar-Nâvíy explained the spiritual meaning of these Leviticus 11 food laws, which have a much more profound importance to us than its material symbolism. It is in this spiritual capacity that these ordinances are instituted "forever", as we find it is written, since we have heard already that the gut is not forever (1 Qorinthíym 6:13). Yet it is a shame that this very important book is not included in the establishment's canon, because this knowledge is key to our understanding.  It is so very important, so we will now include it here:

Chapter 10

The precepts of Moshéh respecting food is spiritual in significance

  1. Now, since Moshéh did say, “You shall not be eating the swine, or the eagle, or the hawk, or the raven, or any fish which does not possess scales,”He accepted three doctrines in his understanding.
  2. Moreover, Yâ-hwéh says to them, give as a covenant to this people [YirmYâ´huw 31: 33, Leviticus 11: 44-45], His statutes for them.  So then it is not a command of the mighty Ones that they should not bite these things with their teeth, but Moshéh spoke it to them in a spiritual sense.
  3. With this meaning he mentioned the swine, tantamount to saying, “You shall not join yourself to men who resemble swine.” For when they live in pleasure, they forget their Sovereign; but when they come to necessity, they acknowledge Yâ-hwéh; who are just as the swine, that when it has eaten, does not recognize its master; but when hungry it cries out, and on receiving food is silent again.
  4. “Neither shall you eat,” says he, “the eagle, nor the falcon, nor the kite, nor the raven.” He means, “You shall not join yourself, to such men as do not know how to procure food for themselves by labor and sweat, but which seize on that of others in their lawlessness, and while wearing an appearance of integrity, are on the watch to plunder others.” Who are just as these birds, not seeking food for themselves while they sit idle, seeking how they may devour the fleshly things of others, proving themselves pests by their wickedness.
  5. “And you shall not eat,” he says, “the lamprey, or the polypus, or the cuttlefish.” He means, “You shall not join yourself or be like to such men as are altogether wicked, and are condemned to death.” Who are just as those fishes mentioned above are accursed, and wallow in the mire, not swimming on the surface like the rest, but dwell in the mud that lies at the bottom of the deep.
  6. Moreover, “You shall not,” he says, “eat the hare.” Wherefore?  To symbolize this to us: “You shall not be an adulterer, nor be like to them that are such.” Because the hare multiplies, year by year, the sites of its broods; for it makes as many holes as the many years that it lives.
  7. Moreover, “You shall not eat the hyena.” He means, “You shall not be a fornicator, or a corrupter of boys, nor resemble yourself to such.” Wherefore? Because that animal changes its instinct year after year, so it is sometimes male, and other times female.
  8. Moreover, he has rightly detested the weasel.  For he means, “You shall not be like to those whom do commit the Wickedness with the mouth because of their uncleanness, nor join yourselves with those impure women who commit the Wickedness with their mouths”, Because that animal conceives it with its mouth.
  9. Moshéh, therefore, speaking as concerning meat, issued three great doctrines with a spiritual significance; but they, according to the desires of the flesh, received them as if they had merely meant it of meats.
  10. Yet Dâwíth, however, comprehended the knowledge of his three doctrines, and speaks in like manner: “Happy is the man who does not walk by the advice of the wicked ones…” [Songs ("Psalms") 1: 1] just as the fishes mentioned before go in the depths in darkness; “…and does not take a stand in the way of the sinners, …” [Songs ("Psalms") 1: 1] just as those who pretend to fear Yâ-hwéh, but yet err like the weasels; “and does not stay in the assembly of the scorners, …” [Songs ("Psalms")1: 1] just as those fowls that sit idle in wait for what they may devour.  Here you have the Law concerning meat set forth completely, and according to its true meaning.  Take a full and firm grasp of this spiritual knowledge.
  11. But Moshéh says still further, “Ye shall eat every animal that is cloven-footed and ruminant.” What does he mean? He means thereby such a one who, on receiving food, recognizes Him that nourishes him, and when he is satisfied by Him, visibly rejoices in Him.  Well spoke [Moshéh], having respect to the commandment.  What else, then, does he mean? That we ought to join ourselves to those that fear Yâ-hwéh, those who meditate in their heart on the commandment of the Word that they have accepted into their heart, with those who both declare the righteous judgments of Yâ-hwéh and keep His commandments, those who know that meditation is a work of pleasure, and who themselves ruminate upon the Word of Yâ-hwéh.  But what does the “cloven-footed” mean? That means the righteous man who both walks in this world, while yet looking forward to the pure world to come.  Behold how wisely Moshéh legislated.
  12. But how was it possible for them to perceive or comprehend these things? We then, rightly understanding His commandments, explain them as Yâ-hwéh intended.  This is why He circumcised our ears and our hearts, that we might understand these things.

[Letter of Bar-Nâvíy Chapter 10]


  For those questioning the translation of Deuteronomy 12:15-16 in the left margin, a parallel detailed thorough logical analysis:

This is done as a courtesy for those wanting to be absolutely sure. It is unreasonable to demand that such an analysis be done for every scripture retranslated on this site, but it is probably indicated for this one, for edification, and not for debate with the hardened.

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A literal word-for-word translation of Deuteronomy 12:15-16:

However by-all-of longing-of self-of-you you-may-slaughter and-you-may-eat flesh like-(the)-blessing-of Yâ-hwéh Mighty-Ones-of-you that He-grants to-you Within-all-of ---gates-of-you the-unclean and-the-clean he-shall-eat-him like-the-gazelle or-like-the-ibex : However the-blood not---you-shall-eat upon---the-ground you-shall-pour-him like-the-waters :

(for any doubt on this, see the Hebrew itself)

This is a sample establishment translation (NIV):

Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as your want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the LORD your God gives you.  Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it.  But you must not eat the blood, pour it out on the ground like water.

This is the translation we gave in the Left-hand margin of these verses:

"However, according to all the longings of your self you may slaughter and you may eat meat, according to the blessing of Yâ-hwéh your Mighty Ones that He gave to you. Within all of your gates: the unclean and the clean [meat], one may eat it like the gazelle or like the ibex; however  the blood you must not eat - on the ground you shall pour it like the waters..."

This is another sample establishment translation (KJV):

Notwithstanding, thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.  Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

Yet another sample establishment translation, the Friedlander (the 'Jewish Family Bible' of M. Friedlander, published with the sanction of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Dr. N.M. Adler in 1881):

Nonetheless, thou mayest slaughter animals and eat their flesh to thy heart's desire, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he has bestowed on thee, throughout all thy gates, the unclean and the clean may eat of it as they do of the gazelle and the deer.  Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it upon the earth like water.

äAs we translated this, it is contextually accurate logically, since the blessing which Yâ-hwéh grants to us regarding flesh-eating is the Blessing of Nóach, and the associated prohibition on blood-eating is repeated.
äAs others translated it, it departs from the blessing described to allege out-of-context that the unclean and the clean refer to people, not flesh, effectively DENYING the very blessing it talks about, then returns to it with the blood-eating prohibition.
ä The central issue is whether "the-unclean and-the-unclean" refers to people or to meat.  This is determined by whether it is the object or the subject of "he-shall-eat-him".  Hebrew is a flexible language about this, yet context helps to determine this.  So examine and compare how it comes before the verb in the Hebrew, just like "the-blood" comes before the verb "not---you-shall-eat".  It is apparent that an "eth-" (a direct-object qualifier) is not required to make it an object here.
äAs the passage's central subject is MEAT (flesh), specifically the blessing Yâ-hwéh grants us regarding it, so it is implied in the "the-unclean and-the-unclean" as a pronoun reference to MEAT.  If the passage were talking about laws of purification of people being clean or unclean, then certainly it could be speaking of people.
äNote that I followed the grammatical order of object - verb clause which is in the Hebrew, not only for the meat, but also for the blood.  I did this to be closer to the Hebrew.  But consider if I would have applied  the same verb-object format THEY use for the blood to the meat issue:

"However, according to all the longings of your self you may slaughter and you may slaughter and you may eat meat, according to the blessing of Yâ-hwéh your Mighty Ones that He gave to you. Within all of your gates, one may eat the unclean and the clean, like the gazelle or like the deer, however you must not eat the blood, you shall pour it on the ground like the waters..."

There is nothing which prevents this translation from being true also, applying the same rules of the blood phrase to the meat phrase.  But I consider it even clearer to do it as I have before, since "one may eat it like the gazelle or like the ibex" is in total agreement with the Hebrew order of words, and is beyond reproach.
äIn light of the above, and the rest of scripture agreeing with it, it is more eminently visible that the closer a translation approximates the Hebrew, the better.  Scripture is not a forum for artistic license, as you will note in the establishment translations which are heavy-laden with human interpretations.  Even in word order choice, Yâ-hwéh's words are as it says in Songs ("Psalms") 12:6

"The words of Yâ-hwéh are flawless ones of refined silver, purified seven times in a clay furnace!"

Furthermore, look at who the scribes wrote their translations for? Baal-God!

"How can you say we are wise ones, and the Torah of Yâ-hwéh is with us when look!  The lying pen of the scribes made it for the Lie!  The wise ones will be shamed: they will be dismayed and they will be trapped - look!  Since they rejected the Word of Yâ-hwéh, what wisdom do they have?"

[YirmYâ´huw "Jeremiah" 8:8-9]

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