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Monday, July 8 2013

When Meat Was A Vegetable

The English word "meat" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word that referred to food in general, whether of animal, vegetable or fruit. At the time of the writing of the King James Version in 1611, the original general definition of "meat" was still utilized, as stated by the KJV translators in Genesis where "meat" was used to refer to vegetables. Humans began, by design and by command of the LORD (Who was Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), as vegetarians. They were to "rule" over the other living creatures, but not eat them; even the first animals were vegetarians.

"1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them [see also The Only Child Of The Garden and Grace In The Garden).

1:28 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.

1:29 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. 1:30 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." (Genesis 1:27-30 KJV)

Humans remained as vegetarians for many centuries. It was only after the Flood (see also How Did The Flood Happen?) that the LORD declared that humans were thereafter permitted to eat the flesh of other creatures, that were classified as "clean," and that were drained of their lifeblood. Notice how that dietary law was applied, with and as, to the law against murder.


"9:1 And God blessed Noah [see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq] and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 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. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9:1-6 KJV)

It was also a command against cannibalism - the killing of other humans for food. There is no other reason to state the two principles together as one, when referring to food, or "meat." It was also the primary reason that people, including some of His disciples, were horrified when they misunderstood the Messiah's teaching about eating His flesh and drinking His blood ("How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"). So, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."

"6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:47-68 KJV)

Although many people regard the book of Leviticus to be "Jewish" (to understand that the people of Judah are just one of the twelve tribes of Israel, and that "Judaism" came into existence long after the LORD gave the pure instructions to Israel, see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, Who Is Judah? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), it is in fact a detailed prophecy of Christianity (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity). The King James Version uses "meat" for both animal and vegetable in Leviticus, but notice from these examples how they were portraying what the Messiah taught, as quoted in the verses above.

"2:11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven [see The Messiah's Days Of Unleavened Bread]: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. 2:12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits [see Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits], ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt. 2:14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears." (Leviticus 2:11-14 KJV)

"5:13 And the priest shall make an atonement [see Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance] for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a meat offering." (Leviticus 5:13 KJV)

"23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days [see The Day After The Seventh Sabbath, Or Sivan 6?]; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 23:18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD." (Leviticus 23:16-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: All seed-bearing plants were created "good." Does that mean that all seed-bearing plants now are "good"?
See Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?

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This Day In History, July 8

1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), 15,000 starving Church of Rome soldiers marched in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders looked on (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

Vasco da Gama 1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.

1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.

1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.

1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.

1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.

1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.

1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.

1730: An estimated 8.7 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that damaged more than 1,000 kiliometers (620 miles) of Chile's coastline.

1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.

1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.

1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London. The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the English-established colonies of New England. The English named it the "Liberty" bell (despite the popular myth and propaganda that millions of people eagerly want to believe, the bell was not named after a revolution, or by revolutionaries) because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular Jubilee Year (see The Seven Sabbaths Of Years To The Jubilee) in the united kingdom of Israel:

"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."

1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.

1892: St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892.

1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.

1937: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan signed the Treaty of Saadabad.

1947: News reports were broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.

1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Richard Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate criminal investigators.

1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.

1994: Kim Jong-il became the "supreme leader" of North Korea upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung.

1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.


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