What difference does it make?

There are many labels one can attach to themselves when one tries to define their relationship with God. Some begin with a church classification; Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Nazarene, and so on. Others may begin with a doctrinal statement; Calvinist, Wesleyan, Reformed, or possibly Orthodox. Yet none of these really define relationship, or for that matter, the truth of our faith in YHWH.

YHWH himself says in Exodus 11:7 “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”

It is a clearly defined manner, behavior, or way of living which sets apart one group from another. For those of us living in the modern day, we need to realize this is still true, learning the ways that separate us from the world, otherwise known as Egypt.

At the time of the exodus, Egypt was the epicenter of the known world and as such all civil, military and cultural habits were formed for almost all other nearby countries. The satanic worship of idols and elements being first and foremost. This is why YHWH wanted his people out of Egypt.

This story is not just a historical event for the Israelite people; it is a warning to all of us today to leave behind the ways of the world and its demonic idolatry. Today, as it was then, the demonic idolatry is so ingrained into the society many cannot tell the difference. And just how does this happen you ask?

Let’s look at Ezekiel 22:26 ” Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.”

YHWH wants a clear cut and definite manner of conducting our lives. There are things that are profane and disgusting in the sight of YHWH and HE has already determined what those things are. When we claim His authority over our lives we must focus on the behaviors that are pleasing while repenting (teshuva) from those that are not.

The word “teshuva” means ‘to completely turn away’ from that which is profane or abominable. We are to become distinctly different from the rest of the world, so much so, that they seek to find the traits or behaviors we display.  Yet it is patently obvious the people then as well as now struggle to make this happen.

The real problem lies in the willful determination to avoid YHWH’s commands while still claiming the sovereignty and protection of YHWH. This is what is meant by “so that I am profaned among them.” When willfully disobedient people claim the protection of YHWH (saving grace) and their lives display the emptiness thereof, the non-believer questions the validity of YHWH and the need of a Savior. In short when you practice the same idol worship as the heathen they cannot see the true beauty of YHWH and His Messiah.

Malachi 3:18 ” Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”
What are those “things” that are an abomination to YHWH? How can you tell if you are profaning his name among the nations? The Bible tells us…..

Leviticus 11:1-11 ” And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.  Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.  And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.  And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.  Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.  These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.  And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:  They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.” 

These are just a few of the food instructions that YHWH gave to His people. Not just the people of the exodus, not just to “Jews”, it was to ALL that call upon the name of YHWH. YHWH gave these instructions to protect us from the disease and infections that these animals carry within their flesh. Many of these were created to rid the planet of such microorganisms and disease and that is specifically why He told us not to eat them.

Here is a list of a few of the over 140 diseases passed from pigs to people:

Embryo / fetal loss                                          Mulberry Heart Disease (vitamin E deficiency)
Actinobacillosis                                                Mycoplasma Arthritis
Actinobacillus Pleuropneumonia (App)     Mycotoxicosis
Agalactia                                                            Navel Bleeding
Anaemia                                                            Nipah virus disease
Anthrax                                                             Osteochondrosis, OCD
Arthritis, joint infections                               Bowel Disease
Back Muscle Necrosis                                     Pneumonia
Biotin Deficiency                                             Penis Bleeding
Botulism                                                            Cystic Ovaries
Bursitis                                                              E. coli – Scour (Diarrhoea)
Colitis                                                                 Eclampsia
Prolapse of the Bladder                                 Rabies
Prolapse of the Uterus                                   Prolapse of the Vagina and Cervix
Wouldn’t your life and the lives of the ones you loved have a marvelous distinction to it if it had none of those!
Look at what is said of the instructions in Joshua 8:34 “And afterward he read all the words of the Torah, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the Torah.
The intent here was not to focus on food alone. There are many more instructions to the people of YHWH and they too have blessings and curses. The “paths of righteousness” that David pens in the 23rd Psalm are these instructions. They are frequently traveled and repeated to the point of creating a known path from one point of life to another.
This is why we see in Exodus 12:17 “And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.”
This instruction helps us establish a path that we can follow as well as our children after us, to remind us of the grace, mercy and sovereignty of YHWH. In the end, it is this manner of thinking that makes all the difference (or distinction) between the people of YHWH and the people of the world.
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