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La Monte Young
What is Food in the Bible?
Leviticus 22:7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food.
That which makes you stronger is desirous to add to one’s self, and thus we seek foods in which to consume to add to our strengths. Food however, is not about actual food in the Holy Scriptures. It is always a symbolic term referring to spiritual sustenance in which you gain understanding from. When you eat the understanding of a thing you grow stronger for knowing it, unless it is a thing found to be vile of taste.
Jeremiah 29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
When you are about to eat something, don’t you smell it first to see if it is something you would like to consume? If you eat something detestable then your body becomes sickened; so too is it with spiritual foods.
Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.
So in the scriptures when something is fragrant smelling it means it is desirous to be consumed, or rather to understand. Before Christ’s death on the cross, He is anointed by sweet smelling perfume and thus He is being prepared as a fragrant offering that God will accept as something worthy of consuming. To modern readers this may seem odd but the Bible has a strong running theme about eating that which is good for the soul.
Job 20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
We see this theme even in the Torah as Moses documents the clean and unclean animals as well.
Leviticus 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.
People commonly think that the animal itself is either clean or unclean as, say, in the case of a pig. And true enough there are several health issues that come from eating pigs and a few other animals on the list but not all the other animals are things that will harm your body. So why then are they unclean? It is not the flesh of the animal that is bad; it is what the animal represents that is the issue. Sometimes to know the answer you must not only look to the name or translation of the animal, but to the root words the animal’s name comes from. Ironically if you tried to get the specific animal you would find there is an incredible amount of guess work, even by the experts, behind figuring out which animal is implied. But what is a constant is the root word the animal comes from, as most deal with attributes we, as people emulate. So if it is a bad characteristic the animal emulates, it is not “CLEAN” to be consumed.
Leviticus 11: 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 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.
Consider the clean animals have split hooves and “chew the cud”. The definition of chewing the cud means to ruminate. So if you are considering this as a mental, or also known as a spiritual factor, it is chewing something over in your mind. It is ruminating and considering what it is you are trying to digest into your consciousness. If one does not consider the actions one has taken they will, in fact, make the same mistakes over again. So we consider our actions and thus we chew the cud to ponder.
So why then are the hooves split? Remember your life’s is a journey of choices. You are not actually going to any physical location. You are simply making choices, and these are the steps we take in which to gain our elevation of understanding. So then consider your feet as being instruments of balance in making good choices. The Bible is often mentioning about not veering too far to either the right or the left, so thus it is in considering each step, that we make good choices. The Bible revolves around the number two as a division of choices. In consideration of this split in consciousness we can find that which is the correct path to take. So, the hooves of the animal are spit as though a foresight into a choice.
Leviticus 11:4 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.
6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
So, let’s consider a rabbit and why it is not clean to emulate or rather to consume. The rabbit chews the cud and thus it is as one who thinks about the choices they made only after they made them rashly. This is because the feet of the rabbit are not split. So they rush in without thinking but they remorse over the choices they made, so this is not a worthy characteristic to emulate.
Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
Now consider the swine; it has split hooves but does not chew the cud. This means that a person that emulates this beast-self is one who knows fully well what they are getting into because they considered it beforehand, but they do not ruminate over their choices, thus they do something with full understanding but yet do not care about the consequences. This too is a bad food to add to your strengths and thus we call people swine that act like these aforementioned “Pigs”.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
Biblical food is not only mentioned outright as being of a spiritual significance, it is a constant metaphor used throughout the Bible. Consider a famine in the land in the Biblical stories. This means a lack of understanding is found. Remember this ministry teaches that the Bible is really about your inner world and so the people starving are not people at all but rather concepts within you that are not being properly nourished to the point of gaining greater understanding. If you are not gaining the truth from your ideals they are then as dead things and thus they die of weakness and starvation.
Psalms 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Now ironically, a concept that is well nourished and becomes as a man’s life that bears much fruit, it too is consumed as being righteous fruit. This means if David dies it means that Love is understood, as David’s name means Love. So if you understand Love’s role in the story, then as he dies love is consumed as a good understanding and thus that concept is laid to rest. So why then is someone like Lazarus revived, but not many are? Well, Lazarus’ name means Help of God, so to revive the Help of God, Lazarus mustn’t die and thus He is CALLED forth.
John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
So why then, the parable of another man called Lazarus and the Rich man? In the Bible riches are truths, and a one full of his own riches is one who is wise in his own eyes and hungers for nothing. But to be poor in spirit is to be HUNGRY for more understanding. Thus the Bible tells us that the poor in spirit are blessed as they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and as you learned in the last post that means they will gain higher enlightenment.
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
One must always be willing to eat of the greater truth and to discern that which will add to your strengths and that which will not. So we grow crops of understanding that are symbolic of wheat and thus we harvest the truths we grow and sort them accordingly to know if they are good or bad for our soul.
Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Remember people are also concepts in your inner-world)
Consider the concept of food being symbolic for understanding as you read other stories like Jesus’ temptation after being without food for 40 days, or how Elijah also was too sustained as he ran for 40 days off of consuming a single meal. Consider too the bread that Christ gives at the last SUPPER as being the body of Truth that can sustain you through eternity. So then also try to think of other verses in the Bible that relate to food; like Daniel and his young companions not eating from the king’s table, or how the disciples feed the masses with fish and bread. All of these are symbolic of spiritual truths that grow and that are needed by us all in our journey towards enlightenment. We do not eat these things with our mouths but in our thoughts do we eat of everything that we see and hear, and thus only those that see the Truth will understand the parables that are in all of the stories of the Bible. The word parable does not mean a fictional story; but by definition it is any story that has spiritual significance within it. So each story you need to see with new eyes and hear with new ears to consume the heart of the matter.
Mark 4:11 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Not everyone will understand how the Bible is written but, to those that do they will see that all things are fine to learn but not all things are beneficial if you do.
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
This is summed up in both the dream of Peter and in Romans chapter 14 as we see that understanding is later found in everything and not only that which was used to start you on your path towards the greater understanding called Truth.
Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (Know all, and not just that which was formerly prescribed as beneficial)
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (This chapter is not just about eating food to idols but rather embodying any truth that would be as a stumbling block to another. If your faith is strong all things may be known without fear of it ever changing you towards the negative).