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Tuesday, January 7 2014
Deuteronomy 14: You Are What You Eat
"2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:6-7 KJV)
The human body is about 75% water. Chemically, about 95% of body weight is composed of just four Earth elements: oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen (water is just a molecule of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen i.e. two hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to a single oxygen atom, as stated in the well-known H2O equation). The remainder are lesser and trace amounts of other Earth elements such calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, and sulfur.
All living creatures must replenish what they are made of by consuming water and food for energy and maintenance. But does it matter what is consumed? Water is water, but would you prefer to drink from a clean spring, or from a sewer drain? Most people would surely choose water from a clean spring.
What about food then? Would you prefer a rat, rather than chicken or beef? Or, if you're a vegetarian (as all humans were until after the Flood - see Genesis 1:29 and 9:3; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), would you prefer to eat poison ivy or tobacco, rather than wheat or beans? That isn't a difficult choice either, for most people.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) gave His "clean" and "unclean" dietary laws as a means for humans to be healthy. It isn't about "religion."
Some creatures were designed for food, while others were designed to maintain the health of the environment by cleaning what is unclean, thereby taking upon themselves uncleanness. If you look at the general listing of the "clean" and "unclean" animals, it's based simply on what they themselves ate or were exposed to as a matter of their nature. Generally, "clean" animals, for food, are vegetarian (e.g. cattle, sheep) while "unclean" animals, for food (apart from their usefulness in nature), are either carnivorous (i.e. meat eaters e.g. wolves, dogs) or omnivorous (i.e. eat almost anything e.g. pigs, crows). For fish, those that live and feed in upper and mid-level freshest water are "clean" (e.g. trout and bass), while bottom-dwellers, where all of the natural waste and muck accumulates, are "unclean" (e.g. catfish and shellfish).
"14:1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
Ancient Israel was an agriculture-based society and economy. Tithing (see Numbers 18: The Inheritance Of The Levites to understand how and why the people and the LORD tithed) was stated here in the context of the dietary laws.
"14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
Fact Finder: What gave life to physical matter? What would happen to all living creatures if that Spirit were withdrawn?
This Day In History, January 7
1327: King Edward II of England was forced to abdicate.
1450: The University of Glasgow, Scotland, was founded.
1451: Amadeus VIII ("the Peaceful") died at age 68. Count and duke of Savoy, first member of the House of Savoy to assume the title of duke, under the name Felix V he was antipope for 10 years (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1536: Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, died.
1558: Calais, the last English territory held in France, was retaken by the French.
1598: Boris Godunov seized the Russian throne on the death of Feodore I.
1601: Robert, earl of Essex, led a treasonous revolt against Queen Elizabeth I. He was tried, found guilty and beheaded in the Tower of London (it reportedly took executioner Thomas Derrick 3 blows with the axe to sever the rebel traitor's head).
1610: Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered the 4 largest moons of Jupiter with the newly-invented telescope (Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope, but he was the first to use it for astronomy). His outspoken belief that the earth went around the sun, rather than the sun around the earth, later got him into serious trouble with the Roman Catholic authorities of his day. Over 380 years later, Pope John Paul II stated that Galileo had been right after all.
1714: The typewriter was patented (but a working model was not actually built until years later).
1785: John Jeffries and Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first crossing of the English Channel in a hot air balloon.
1807: In retaliation for Napoleon's blockade of Britain, the British navy blockaded continental Europe.
1904: The shipping distress call CQD - "seek you, danger" - was introduced. It was replaced by SOS two years later.
1927: A transatlantic telephone service between London and New York was introduced.
1935: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and French Foreign minister Pierre Laval sign the Franco-Italian Agreement.
1953: President Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb, 8 years after the first atomic bomb (Truman is the only man, so far, to have ordered the use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction in war - his incineration of the civilian population of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945).
1959: The U.S. diplomatically recognized the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro - who had just overthrown the Mafia and CIA-backed regime of the puppet dictator Fulgencio Batista.
1979: Vietnamese forces, aided by Cambodian insurgents, captured Phnom Penh after a two-week invasion and overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot.
1985: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft. It was the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the U.S. or the Soviet Union.
1989: Akihito was sworn in as the emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito who had reigned since 1926.