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What Did God Tell Us We Should Eat? (Part 6)

In this Health Tip we will pick up where we left off in last week’s Health Tip, where we were talking about the animals God called “clean” and “unclean” in Genesis 7:2 and about which He gave instruction in Leviticus chapter 11.

However, instead of continuing through the Old Testament examining the few verses that pertain to “What Does God Tell Us We Should Eat,” I am going to jump forward to Acts 10 in the New Testament, which deals with the very subject of last week’s Health Tip, pertaining to animals God considered “clean” and “UNCLEAN.”

This Scripture found in Acts 10 is used by some Christians to refute the principles of the Hallelujah Diet. They try to tell us that this Scripture is “clear evidence that God has changed His mind” about certain foods being unclean – and that this Scripture proves we can eat whatever we want to today.

But is that what this Scripture in Acts 10 in saying?

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius . . . a devout man, and one that feared God . . . he saw in a vision . . . an angel of God coming in to him, and saying . . . send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter. . . he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”
~ Acts 10:1-6

Cornelius was a godly man, a centurion in the Roman army, who had a desire to follow God’s will for his life. God comes to Cornelius in a vision and tells him that he should send servants to Joppa, to a house by the seaside, and ask for a man named Peter, who would instruct him further about God’s will for his life.

Obediently, Cornelius instructs his servants to go to Joppa to find Peter, a man who will give Cornelius further light concerning God’s will for his life:

“On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray . . . and he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but . . . he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him . . . wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts . . . ”
~ Acts 10:9-12

This is so beautiful! Here we find a gentile who is seeking God (who, because of his non-Jew heritage was considered to be “unclean” by Jewish traditions), being instructed by God to send for Peter — a Jew.

And what was God’s purpose for sending Cornelius’s servants to Peter?

“He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”
~ Acts 10:6

Because Cornelius was what the Jews considered an “unclean” gentile, Peter, being a Jew, would never have received his servants or gone to his house unless God had prepared Peter’s heart first.

In order to prepare Peter’s heart to receive these “unclean” gentiles, God uses a vision of some Old Testament unclean animals:

“And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, LORD; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, what God hath cleansed, that call not thou common or unclean. . . “
~ Acts 10:13-15

Wow, isn’t this exciting! Just before those servants of Cornelius arrive at Peter’s house, God is preparing Peter’s heart to receive these unclean gentiles. Without this vision from God, Peter would have refused to go to Cornelius.

And by the way, how could anyone interpret this vision to mean that here God was giving Christians today, permission to eat pork? There is absolutely nothing in these verses to indicate that this vision had anything whatsoever to do with what we should or should not eat.

“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. And called, and asked whether . . . Peter, were lodged there . . . while Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.”
~ Acts 10:17-20

Here we learn that while Peter was trying to determine what message God was trying to convey through this vision, there is a knock at the door and the Spirit tells Peter to go with these servants of Cornelius: “Doubting nothing: For I have sent them.” (Acts 10:20)

“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? And they said, Cornelius, a 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.”
~ Acts 10:21-22

Because of the vision, Peter receives them into his house, and learns from them that they want Peter to go with them to Cornelius’ house so that he, Cornelius, can hear “words of thee.” (Acts 10:22)

“On the morrow Peter went away with them . . .” And “after they entered into Caesarea . . . Cornelius waited for them and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”
~ Acts 10:23-26

In this portion of Scripture, we learn that because of the vision God gave Peter, Peter journeyed to Cornelius’ house and here is what transpired when Peter got there:

“And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 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.”
~ Acts 10:27-28

From this Scripture we learn clearly the purpose of the vision God gave to Peter regarding the unclean animals. God was preparing Peter’s heart so that he would not turn away taking the Gospel message of redemption to Cornelius’ house.

Because in this Scripture it is made abundantly clear that the purpose of that vision was: “but god hath shewed me that i should not call any man common or unclean.” (Acts 10:28)

Clearly, these verses had absolutely nothing to do with food!

I won’t take the space to share what transpired next, but get your Bible and read the rest of Acts 10, beginning with verse 29. However, I will close with a few of the most pertinent verses in this chapter:

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is LORD of all)”
~ Acts 10:29, 34-36

And so, Peter told them about Jesus, and as a result of the vision God had given Peter concerning the unclean animals, Peter being obedient to God, took the Gospel to the unclean gentiles.

And what was the result of Peter’s obedience?

“And they of the circumcision (Jews) which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the gentiles also was poured out the gift of the holy ghost.”
~ Acts 10:46

As we conclude this portion of Scripture, you tell me what had Peter come to understand the vision to mean…

Do you really believe that God was telling Peter here that it was all right to eat anything, because God had made all previously unclean foods, clean and healthy?

Absolutely NOT!

Rather, Peter understood the vision to mean that he wasn’t to look upon any Gentile as unclean or common anymore. Here God was showing Peter that he should take the Gospel to Cornelius, the unclean gentile, and to his household.

So you see, this vision hasn’t anything whatsoever to do with food, nor with what foods Peter (or we) should eat or not eat. This Scripture is talking about people and how God accepts those who will turn to Him – no matter what their nationality or religious background! AMEN!

So next time someone tries to tell you that in Acts 10 God gave us permission to eat the flesh of an animal, whether it be clean or unclean, show them from the Scriptures that God never said any such thing!

To be continued . . . .

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.

Comments

  1. When God told Peter to rise, kill and eat, He was talking to a ‘meat eater.’ Peter, in his former profession, was a fisherman. And as a fisherman he would have kept part of his catch to be eaten by himself and his family. But being a Jew he was forbidden to eat the flesh of certain kinds of animals that the Bible called ‘unclean.’ But I believe the vision God gave to Peter was twofold. The first and most important was that Jews should welcome non Jews into the kingdom and not look down on them. But the second was that Jewish Christians in the New Dispensation of grace should from that time on consider formerly unclean foods to be eatable. That’s why Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbour. Eat everything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience sake. But if anyone should say to you, “this meat is sacrificed to idols, “so not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you,and for conscience sake. I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s, for why is my freedom judged by anothers conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I gave thanks? Whether then you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God. Mr. Malkmus, you have no right telling others they sin against their conscience when they eat meat. Especially when the evidence that God allows the eating of meat is overwhelming.
    Sincerely,
    William O’ Leary

    • We are little confused as to where you got the idea Rev. Malkmus states that eating meat is a sin. Hallelujah Acres nor Rev. Malkmus have never indicated eating meat is a sin! Back in Genesis 9:3 God allowed eating of meat and further in the next book gave specific criteria to be followed. Our position is quite simple. We believe that while God allowed the eating of meat, it was never the ideal. When God created man, man was provided a physical body that was capable of everlasting life here on planet earth, IF he would simply obey God. There was one simple test of man’s free will – Would he or would he not obey God is abstaining from eating of the one tree in the Garden that God placed off limits. As we know, man failed the test of his free will and immediately diet spiritually (his fellowship with God was broken) and was under the penalty of physical death.

      In Genesis 1:29, God had told man how to nourish the body and He supplied in nature the foods to sustain what apparently was optimal health. If God gave man the best immediately after man was created, it simply stands to reason that is the ideal way to nourish the human body. Man is free to eat whatever he chooses. His choice of ‘food’ is not a sin but it does have consequences (as does all our choices). We see those consequences being played out in everyday life today as humanity experiences a host of dietary and environmentally induced illnesses. Likewise we see the enormous positive impact wise dietary choices (a whole food plant based diet) have on achieving and maintaining excellent health.

  2. Oriana Frost September 7, 2015

    So glad that this article was written and shared in your webpage. Most Christian have been deceived regarding many things and this is one of them. Reason being they do not read the scriptures for themselves, they trust their leader what they say.
    Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Muriel Ferch September 7, 2015

    I Praise God for your ministry. Thank you so much. I have been following your way of eating for just about 13 years now. It is the way to wellness.

    I don’t believe that any of the animals in the sheet were unclean but only that Peter thought they were unclean because he had never seen them before. Can you imagine him seeing buffalo, giraffe, moose, elk, cariboo, for the first time (creeping things – locusts)?
    Just as he hadn’t understood that gentiles/strangers that had turned to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob were to live any where they liked in Israel and even own land – one law was for the Israelite and the same for the stranger. God had to wake him up!

    Numbers 15:14-16, 29; Ezekiel 47:21-23; Isaiah 56:2-8; Exodus 12:38

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