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 so.
When I started the Dominion post, it was a jumbled mix of my form of humor and verse. Then it was decided for me to break it into two posts. From Meat To Dominion This is the one that, mentally, I visualized giving myself a palm smack on the forehead. Duh! No wonder.
So, at the beginning of humans, we were supposed to eat the green stuff and the stuff with seeds. Not meat! I love my steak! I have never paid attention to the implication of those words. Did you know that most of our vegetables have protein in them? I knew some did, but I thought there were trace amounts in those green things.
I have tried to be the “good detective” and find where it first mentions where man killed his first animal and said, ‘this is yummy I think I will do it again.’ The closest I found was in Genesis 9:
3) ‟Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.”
4) ‟But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”
What am I talking about in this post? I have chronic pain; the new term is “intractable” pain. Meaning it never goes away. I am dealing with that fun stuff and have turned to blogging to keep my mind off the issues. Well, as best as one can do. Right! (Elongate that word as you read it.) So, my readers, you are important to me. I need to know you read my posts, that I am not just a page you click on to share your posts. Anyway, back to the meat of the post. Like how I put “meat” in there?
So, with chronic pain, I have learned that what I put in my gut means what level of pain and inflammation I will be dealing with that night or the next few days. Yes, few days can be up to four for a simple nibble of bread. Let me repeat that. A nibble of bread! And it is not just my gut feeling the effects. I had to research, on the web and in support groups, for what could help ease my issues. A lot of others suggested looking into the junk I put in my body. Yep, it is true, ‟you are what you eat!” That would be every GMO food, every fast-greasy-yummy food, even every frozen and cook in the microwave food out there. Even leavened bread; the bread swells up and looks pretty,and so does your body (but it doesn’t look so pretty). After doing massive research and buying books to read and use my colorful highlighters, I became educated on the poison I was putting in my temple.
Can someone slap me? I mean if I had just re-read some Bible verses I might have been smarter, I already thought I was wise. Heavens, the first chapter would have given me a heads up. Then just two Books later I would have read the detailed list of yummies that the Lord wanted me to partake of. Sometimes it is like what my mom would have said, “If it had been a snake it would have bit you.”
If we consider the words in Genesis, we see that the Lord provided all that man was to eat. All healthy and yummy. Then … Man had killed man; so, flesh had killed flesh! Thus, death was introduced. By the Lord’s own hand, He made coats of skin to cover Adam and Eve. But later in Genesis, after man came off the Ark, we see He added to His list. But the most modern instructions, on what was to be eaten, is in Leviticus. Chapter 11 gets to the meat of the things that are right for our bodies.
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
4 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.
5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean to you.
7 And the swine, thought he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
9 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.
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, … they shall be an abomination unto you:
13 And these are thy which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs about their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
Then the chapter continues with more ‘can do’s’ and ‘cannot do’s’; even the removal of carcasses and cleanliness.
So, Leviticus chapter 11 is our modern day cookbook for healthy eating. Not only healthy, but clean eating. Have you ever wondered why we have allergies? Food poisoning? Inflammation?
Most common allergies are soy, peanuts, shellfish. Ummm, soy and peanuts are now a bunch of GMO foods. Man has played with the genetic DNA of these plants. They have mixed in DNA of critters with the plant, and sometimes poisonous plants. Then let us talk about shellfish. Oh, they taste so good, but after you eat a batch of shrimp pay attention to how your gut feels. That is, if you are lucky enough to live through the experience. If we think about it, shellfish are the vacuum cleaners of waters. Those critters eat the waste of what the ocean has in it. Yep, even the waste of the fish that died right beside it. Yum! Remember, you are what you eat. So is that shellfish. I could not help but add that tidbit.
Now, clean and unclean foods. What was the idea behind calling them that? I will talk about the “unclean.” What could that mean? Well, use shellfish as our example or even vultures. What is their diet? Yep, you got it, dead things. Or the waste of those that they share an environment with. Do you know that man was the one who kept swine, and do you know why? They will eat human waste. They will eat anything in front of them. Yes, in the wild they forage for roots and nuts, but if penned in they will eat their own young. My grandfather had hogs, and those things were mean. But he fed them the scraps off the table, he was very careful not to let them have any flesh in their food trough. He told me that made them unfit to eat and made them mad animals. He also told me that man was not supposed to eat any animal that ate other animals. Hum, I never thought about it, but it seems that is in the Bible. We are to eat the cud chewers. So, think ethics, the huge meat cutting plants leave cattle in holding pens and fatten them before slaughter. Did you know they add protein to the feed now? I saw a show once that explained this and was worried, but did not understand why it bothered me. I challenge you to research what that source of protein is! Since when did cows become cannibals? Much less meat eaters? Want to talk “Mad Cow Disease?”
Another point to make, is that in the lists of ‘uncleans’ are those animals that kill. Those animals that kill, eat the meat and the blood. The Bible specifically says no blood is to pass into our mouths. Even anyone slaughtering an animal is unclean themselves. Their clothes are even unclean. There is a list of things to do to become clean again. But think on this for a moment. The Lord told us to not eat blood, nor fat of any animal. So, from a person who likes liver, yes I know I am rare, but I guess you could say that my ignorance is my sin. When as a child we ate it for dinner, I was told it builds my blood up and that I had to eat it. But now after a few classes on what my organs do and what role they play in keeping my body healthy I must question if it is wrong to eat the liver. Does the liver not filter our blood [to put it into layman’s terms]? And think about it, I buy my liver frozen and when it thaws out what is in the package? A big mess of blood. It is impossible to take the blood out of that slab of meat.
Now, I am not saying that everyone should stop eating the foods that we eat. Even I love my shrimp and like oysters fried very crisp. I love, love, love, bacon. I have even enjoyed rabbit. I have tried some nasty meats before: bear and ‘coon.’ Some will say that those instructions are for Jews only. But are they? Not truly knowing the answer to that one, I will just have to spend lots of time praying that I be given an answer. But one thing I have done is to clean up my eating and preparing my meals closer to the Genesis eating. I will attest to less pain in my body, not just the gut, but the whole body. And for someone with chronic pain, that is a full-fledged blessing. Also, by doing the Genesis eating, I now look better without the extra pounds. Don’t forget we are what we eat. If we eat a bunch of GMO foods, covered in poisons, we are poisoning our own body. If we eat a bunch of processed sugars we are over sugaring our bodies. If we eat a bunch of modified foods we are modifying our bodies. Oh, how man has gotten lazy and not paid attention to what we are doing; and how we are giving into our lusts of sweet, colorful, and fast!
I hope some of what I typed made you think, and even shake your head at my silliness.
My prayer for these posts is that:
Lord You will encourage each of us to clean our temple by watching what we feed our temple. If we suffer from pain that You give us the courage to change what we put into our bodies, and You bless that change with comfort.