Clean Food Laws


 Health is man’s most valuable asset. This is evidenced in the fortunes that are spent to regain health by those who have awakened too late to the realization of a heritage they have lost. Disease is as much a destroyer of the body as sin is of the soul. A sickly individual with a diseased body, racked with pain, cannot give of his best spiritually. This being so it would be strange if the Book dealing with spiritual well-being failed to give the precepts for physical health also. The fact is that the Bible does give instruction for continuous health and provides a way of healing for those who have lost that health.

We live in a strange world. Professing believers seldom, if ever, search the Scriptures for guidance in their everyday activities and especially is this true in the requirements for health. Certain fundamental laws are given in the Bible which, if kept, would give that health and vigor so characteristic of the life of Moses. Moses died at the age of one hundred and twenty years and the record states, “His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated” (Deuteronomy 34:7). Moses kept the laws of health and such continuous uninterrupted health will never be the heritage of any man who violates these laws. Many believers, who are spiritually right with Yahweh, suffer and go to an untimely grave, because they failed to keep His laws of health. Because the results of breaking the law does not instantly manifest itself men labor under the false impression that these laws of health are not now in operation.

When Noah began to load the ark he was instructed to bring in seven pairs each of the clean and one pair each of the unclean animals. This presupposes a knowledge of such classification long before similar instructions were given to Israel at Mount Sinai.

“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat,” (Genesis 9:3, 4). Here we have a definite prohibition regarding the eating of blood.

Israel forgot Yahweh and failed to keep His laws, experiencing the diseases of Egypt during the years of their bondage (Deuteronomy 7:15). The result was that in Israel many were sick and ailing. But Yahweh had a plan whereby the health of His people could be maintained. Israel had come to Marah where they complained because the water of the place was unfit to drink. Here Yahweh made for them a statute and ordinance to prove them, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of Yahweh thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am Yahweh that healeth thee:” ‘Yahweh Ropheka’ (Exodus 15:23-26).

The health of the people became a matter of law under Kingdom requirements while it also was made an ordinance in ecclesiastical activities. This statute and ordinance has never been abrogated and is still in operation for those who will claim the benefits by fulfilling the above conditions. This fact was recognized by Moses. When instructing Israel he showed them how the nation could be free from sickness — “And Yahweh will take away from thee all sickness and will

put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee” (Deuteronomy 7:15).

That which men consume will mean for them either health and life or sickness and death. When finally the full story is written it will be found that the diseases which afflict mankind are the direct result of eating forbidden things. The “Thou shalt not” of the Ten Commandments is no more binding than the “Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.”

When Israel had received the law regarding meat Yahweh said, “Thou shalt not” eat certain animals. Again the rule is simple as to what could be eaten: of the four-footed animals only those that have both the cloven hoof and chew the cud; of life in the water only the fish that have both fins and scales; of the fowls only those birds that were not birds of prey. The detail is given by Moses in Deuteronomy 14:1-21 and Leviticus 11:1-45.

Along with other prohibitions, the swine or pig is strictly forbidden to be eaten. While it has the cloven foot, lacking the double digestive system, it does not chew the cud. Through Isaiah Yahweh said of our generation, A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick (established Church practices); which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments (with the burial places of their dead marked by monuments in their churches), which eat swine’s flesh (the Anglo-Saxon’s consume great quantities of such flesh), and broth of abominable things in their vessels (clam chowders, oyster stews, etc.) (Isaiah 65:3, 4).

Examination of the mummies of Egypt has disclosed the fact that the Egyptians were subject to the diseases that afflict our nation today. Elohim declared that the Violation of His laws would bring upon us all the diseases of Egypt, also every other sickness and plague of long continuance (Deuteronomy 28:58-61). We have them all. The judgment as pronounced has come upon us. This is evidenced in the sickness and suffering for our failure to keep the law. “Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.”

Men are resentful when there is interference with their appetites. Believers who would not think of violating any of the Ten Commandments will deliberately violate the laws of continued health. Later in life, when the inevitable happens, and health is gone, they blame Elohim, though Moses said, “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love Yahweh thy Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 16). Why blame Elohim when you have deliberately chosen the way of death and evil? Because the penalties of such violation are deferred men have hardened their hearts and cite New Testament passages to justify themselves in the sins they commit.

Paul told Timothy that meat was to be eaten, provided it was sanctified (that is, set apart) by the Word of Elohim (1 Timothy 4:4, 5). The only Word of Elohim for Timothy was the Old Testament wherein we have listed the meats set apart for man to eat.

Some cite Peter’s vision wherein he saw a sheet let down from heaven with all manner of four-footed animals and creeping things upon it for their justification in eating abominable things. Read

that vision carefully (Acts 10:10-28) and note that Peter did not slay and eat. After he awoke he knew no vision could set aside the plain teachings of Scripture. In his perplexity as to the meaning which the context shows he finally understood it had nothing whatsoever to do with eating. Peter tells us what the vision meant: “Elohim hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” To put any other interpretation to this vision than that given by Peter is to change the Word of Yahweh.

Yahshua said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man” (Matthew 15:11). This had nothing to do with the eating of forbidden food. Yahshua was using this as a lesson for the Pharisees who had complained that His disciples were eating with unwashed hands showing that that kind of dirt did not defile. He reminded them that what came out of their mouths was what defiled and they were angry with Him. …

The healing of the body is as much a part of the atonement as is the forgiveness of sins. Both can be claimed through Him when we act upon the promises and comply with the conditions. “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalms 103:3). When both forgiveness and healing have been received then go and sin no more.

It is not the purpose of Elohim that His people suffer. Sickness is the result of failure to comply with the laws of Yahweh. Healing is a gift of Elohim through His Son Yahshua the Messiah who made a demonstration of the Kingdom laws of healing and health in operation. He restored the lame, halt and blind to perfection, and healed all diseases. Isaiah prophesied of coming Kingdom blessings, the benefits of which Yahshua so successfully demonstrated, “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold your Elohim will come with vengeance, even Elohim with a recompense; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing” (Isaiah 35:3-6).

Healing was also an ordinance in the Assembly. James said, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Assembly; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of Yahshua; and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and Yahweh shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (James 5:14, 15).

It is sorrowful that the leaders of the Assembly and the followers of Yahshua have too long neglected these great truths, seeking the physicians instead of Yahweh. For this reason affliction and suffering are the lot of many of His people, though many in the Assembly have utterly failed to give instruction in health and healing. It is also a law in the Kingdom as well as an ordinance in the Assembly, the full benefits of which may be claimed by the citizens of that Kingdom as their right when they do and keep the law. May that day hasten when, as a result of complying with the conditions, sickness and suffering will never more afflict our nation and the hospitals will be empty and the asylums will be closed.

By Howard B. Rand (Sacred Names added)

Selected from DESTINY

July 1939