Where have we drifted off to. Have we become so preoccupied and entangled in worldly reasoning that we can no longer see good doctrine? Is our perception and understanding bruised irreparably through our separation from our GOD? Is our desire for sin too great for us to fight against, even with salvation being the reward?
Where have we drifted off to?
A Good Father
What father or mother among you would give the child something harmful?
Would you sit your children down at the dinner table and let them eat M & Ms or brownies every meal?
11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11
This passage speaks of a father. A father with nothing more than to give his son substance, food rather. What father would not fulfill that request?
Nevertheless, he will only give this to the son if it is something that is good for the son. We can gather from this teaching that this father knows what’s best for HIS child, right?
Let’s look closer
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Proverbs 4
This people from the beginning, from the time GOD created man, he has had a listening problem. Every time the GOD of ISRAEL was about to bring HIS word to mankind, HE would say what….”HEAR”. Man has a serious hearing problem.
GOD Has Always Called
Even now, HIS correction will come in ways like this….
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
The WORD of GOD can speak to millions right now, and they will argue against it, not because of what it says, but because they love the sinful disobedience that they practice. Men love darkness rather than light.
Helps us understand why most evil deeds are planned after nightfall, believing no one sees. GOD sees. GOD sees it all. You cannot hide.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
(WHAT IS THIS WAY THAT “WAS NOT GOOD”?)
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
This people provokes the LORD continually Isaiah says. All these things listed are things the LORD is not pleased with. While we could cover them all, the one in particular we want to give attention to, is the way this people eat!
They eat SWINES flesh. That’s HOG or PIG brothers and sisters. Now this false prophet has taught GOD’s people that “they can eat anything they want, just pray over it”. Biggest lie ever told.
Just like the father in the opening of this lesson, a good father gives his children good things. While many things in creation may taste good to you, they were not made for consumption and GOD has explained that in the scriptures
43 Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
44 For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
45 For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
47 To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
To say that this law no longer applies would mean that GOD has changed, or the animals themselves have changed. Which is it?
If GOD puts a law in place, it must be for a purpose. Likewise, if GOD takes a law out of place, like HE did with the LAW of animal sacrifice when HE sent CHRIST JESUS to die for our sins, it must be for a purpose. Since CHRIST died, we believe HIS death paid the for our sins, and HIS blood cleanses us of our sins, right.
Because we believe, we no longer sacrifice animals. However, nothing has happened to sanctify a pig, or a lobster, or shrimp, catfish, rabbit, duck and so on, nothing has changed to make them clean for consumption.
So the question I ask the false prophet, the one in the fancy suit taking money from everybody, if we can eat anything, why was the law there in the first place?
The Jews Only
The argument they would suggest is that the law of clean and unclean beast was the LAW of Moses and that was for the Jews.
Ludicrous. Ridiculously absurd. Asinine.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and suppositions like that are the reason the whole world lies in wickedness.
When was the first time a distinction was made for clean and unclean beast?
Why was there a distinction made? Who distinguished them?
Let’s go back to Noah, when GOD was telling him how to load the ark to preserve life on the earth…
1 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. 2 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.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah Genesis 7
There was no Nation of ISRAEL at this point in creation. There were no Jews, there was no Moses. Up until this point, there was only the instruction for eating that had been given to Adam generations ago.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was Genesis 1
Up until the point when GOD was instructing Noah, everything in creation survived off vegetation. Nothing ate meat. It was a Vegan dream come true.
But now, in the days of Noah, we hear about clean and unclean. WHY?
Because GOD was about to introduce meat to the diet of mankind
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. Genesis 9
Surely, if GOD was going to allow anyone to have a crab-boil, it should have been Noah. Especially with verse 3 explaining, “given you all things.”
But brothers and sisters, we simply do not believe that we have to do what GOD says because we think we know what’s best for ourselves.
We will argue against the WORD of GOD because we think we know what’s best, but there is a reckoning at the coming of the LORD.
The Coming of The LORD
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 2 Thessalonians 1
The coming of the LORD will not be glorious to all of mankind brothers and sisters, only to those that believe. The others will have vengeance taken on them because they will not obey
No matter what the LORD says, there is always a sidestep as to why it’s not like that. And we wonder why HE has sent such trouble upon us in these last days. Mankind has a hearing problem. Let’s take a look brothers and sister at the prophets description of the coming of the LORD, because HE will only come back one time, but it is written in multiple places.
15 For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. (Just like Paul said in Thessalonians)
16 For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many. (Just like Paul said in Thessalonians)
17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. Isaiah 66
They just could not leave that bacon alone. Every unclean thing that the LORD sanctified, or set apart and distinguished as UNCLEAN, we find people having feast with it. Taking pictures and glorying in something that is not good.
May taste good brothers and sisters, but the FATHER knows what’s best.
Now, just like our forefathers, you have been warned. The WORD of GOD has come to you, hoping you have the ears to hear. If not, this can be considered one of the days you heard HIS voice, and hardened your heart to HIS instructions.
I bid you peace and leave you this last admonition to ponder, just think on these things beloved. Pray about what you are learning and ask GOD for understanding
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12