1 Timothy 4:3-5 …. part 3
3 Forbidding to marry1, and commanding to abstain from meats2, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good3, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer4.
Every creature of God is good….. Good for what? The word here for good is G2570 καλός kalos (ka-los’) adj. (literally) valuable. There is something that a pig is good for and it is not food. Pigs harbor a range of parasites and diseases that can be transmitted to humans. These include trichinosis, Taenia solium, cysticercosis, and brucellosis.
Because they are carriers and not afflicted by these diseases they are used to rid the earth of dead and decaying animals and foods. The catfish, shrimp, crawfish and lobster are the vacuum cleaners of the waterways. They too carry many toxins and diseases that they are not affected by but will pass on to other animals that consume them. The crustaceans are directly related to cockroaches. Just lost my appetite how about you?
What constitutes food “sanctified by the word of God”? The definition of sanctified is ‘set apart as or declare holy; consecrate.’
So, by definition, the foods that are set apart by YHVH himself are found in Leviticus chapter 11. www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+11&version=KJV
It has been proven time and time again that these animals labeled as unclean or abominations are, in fact, destructive to the human body on multiple levels. They harbor diseases, causes digestive disorders and make people obese.
The average Sunday school trained person will contest these food instructions with things like Peter’s vision, or even these very verses in 1st Timothy with unabashed fervor. We can see that these verses here in Timothy do not change what is acceptable in the eyes of God.
Looking at Peter’s vision in Chapter 10 of Acts many/most/nearly all people stop their investigation with verses 14 & 15. “But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”
What they fail to see is verse 16 in combination to verses 19 & 28. 16“This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. 19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 28 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.”
YHVH was using a visual example to aid in Peter’s comprehension of the matter. We can, from his encounter with Paul, see that Peter had a serious ego/status issue when dealing with Gentiles.
Galatians 2:11-12 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.”
There will also be those people that say these food instructions were only to the Mt. Saini / pre-crucifixion Jews. Meaning those that left Egypt to the time of Jesus Christ. Looking closely at this thought process we can find the flaws in it with scripture.
Genesis 7:1-5 “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.”
This nullifies the idea that there was no distinction between clean and unclean animals prior to Moses as Noah lived nearly 1500 years BEFORE Moses. As for the post crucifixion crowd…. Jesus said himself he wasn’t changing anything.
Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
This includes the Revelation of Jesus Christ.