Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Secret Eating

I'm sitting here with a chicken chalupa in my hand and reflecting on the concept of famine.

I know at least 30 different people off the top of my head who would read that and tell me that what I am eating isn't healthy and it probably isn't really food.

I listened to the intro to a sermon earlier that was starting in 1 Tim 4. The preacher is talking about bad doctrine and how in the latter times, people of faith, people who profess Jesus as their savior with their mouths.. will be lead away by false spirits and demons.

1 Tim 4
4 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer

What stuck out to him as strange, was the part about food.  In this warning about false doctrine, and fake gospel is this note about ...eating?... and Marriage? ....but...eating? 


I've been thinking about the food thing.

Call it a hunch but I do not think that it is talking about donuts and steak and broccoli.
1) The Spirit of God says that in the later times, some will fall away from the faith.
2) They're teaching things contrary to God, feeling no conviction of sin because their conscience is seared.
3) .... ... ....
4) The things of GOD are good, and nothing OF GOD is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude 
5) it is sanctified by the means of the word of God and prayer.

Okay... Now I know that there are some people who read this and want to say that ... well, just picking an animal here... pig.... is food. They want to say that forbidding the eating of pig means that a person is a liar and a hypocrite because God made pigs

That seems to make perfect sense until you pass it through the filter of God's word and His word says :

Leviticus 11
7 and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

God did make pigs, yes. The word tells us that they aren't for food.
Isaiah 66
16 For the Lord will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the Lord will be many.
17 “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the Lord.
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.

The way that is against God, is going their own path, eating the detestable things... swines flesh and mice.
That, sounds like a doctrine of demons.
It is not the actions of someone who believes and holds to the Truth of God

But what is this food that is spoken of.

Acts 10
9 On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; 11 and he *saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13 A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15 Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.

What does this mean?
What is the issue here??? 

Cornelius, a gentile man, wanted desperately to be in the right with God.

17 Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate; 18 and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there. 19 While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.”

Why would Peter be perplexed about the meaning if this passage was clearly about eating abominable things that are an affront to God?

Unless, the food was a metaphor for people.... and eating is a picture of taking something into the body...
And peter had an issue with certain gentile people.... and not taking them into the fullness of the body of Christ...

...like Paul did in Galatians

1 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?

Gentiles, sanctified by the word.
Is there something to this idea that people can be spiritual food for the greater body of Christ???

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” 34 Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36 Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

This is right in the middle of His encounter with the Samaritan woman.The woman who was half Jewish, half Gentile

Later in John Jesus says this:
Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal (John 6:26-27).

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink (John 6:53-55).

...and I think about famine.
I wonder how many of us are starving to death because we are not eating
We are not each day dying to our self, and our flesh and our mindsets that are carnally opposed to the life of Jesus and the God who saves us from our sin.

We hunger but we are not satisfied.

The devil knows scripture.
The devil makes doctrine that are full of scripture.

Matt 4: 4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

‘He will command His angels concerning You’;

‘On their hands they will bear You up,
So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

.... I want the Manna of God. I want the fruit of belief. Chicken burritos aren't going to even compare to the nourishment and the flavor of the power of God.

We now, at our fingertips, can Eat and be filled of the Word of Christ.

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