What? Yeshua the Pork Eater?

Luke 10:8, Eat such things. Does this passage give believers the freedom or even enjoin them to eat whatever is placed before them if, for example, they are in someone else’s home even if the food is non-kosher? Understanding context is vital to understanding the true meaning of the Scriptures. When verses are taken out of context they can not only lose their meaning, but can take on an entirely different meaning to the writer’s original intent. As Hebrew roots teacher Dr. Daniel Botkin points out in an article entitled God’s Dietary Laws: Abolished in the New Testament?, “Yeshua spoke these words when he sent out the seventy. These were seventy Torah-observant Jews who followed a Torah-observant Rabbi. … Rabbi Yeshua had told his disciples, ‘Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,’ (Matt 10:6).

“It is obvious from this statement that the disciples would be lodging in Torah-observant Jewish homes, where the kosher laws were followed. It is ridiculous to suppose that the disciples might have been offered a pork chop in one of these Jewish homes. Even if this very unlikely possibility had occurred, the disciples would have had enough sense to know that this is not what their Master meant when he said to ‘eat such things as are set before you.’ He simply meant to be content with the food which your host provided” (Gates of Eden magazine, Nov.–Dec. 1997 issue).

Though similar to Yeshua’s passage, Paul’s passage in 1 Corinthians 10:27 has an entirely different context. The issue here is not clean versus unclean meat (e.g. beef versus pork), but meat (e.g. beef) that was sacrificed to idols that was later sold to the public in the meat markets of Greek cities (for context read 1 Cor 10:19–29). Botkin points out that four times in the Testimony of Yeshua believers are forbidden to eat meat sacrificed to idols (Acts 15:20; 21:25; Rev 2:14, 20), yet the dilemma was that when one bought meat in the public markets it was not known whether it had been sacrificed to idols first or not. So for conscience sake Paul instructed the Corinthian believers to buy the meat and to not ask about its origination (10:25). However, if a person knew that it was meat sacrificed to idols (verse 28) for their own conscience sake and that of others who might be watching them then they were not to eat of it (ibid.).

The same principle applied to those eating in someone’s house as a guest. If one knew that the meat was offered to an idol then they were forbidden to eat it. However, if they did not know, then it was not necessary to ask. Again, it was not a matter of clean or unclean meats (i.e. beef versus pork), but whether meat had been sacrificed to idols or not.


10 thoughts on “What? Yeshua the Pork Eater?

  1. I always wondered how an animal created by God and used to Feast on in high places could be so forbidden.

  2. Years ago when I stopped eating pig my knee joints stopped hurting. Afterwards I learned that the eggs laid by the worms in pork have an affinity for the joints, they lodge there and create inflammation! Gee, isn’t YHVH smart!

  3. This is short and sweet Natan. It is what the Spirit taught me too. I am thinking this is a good one to pass on to those who have no clue that “Jesus was a Jew” Blessings of Shalom FJ

  4. I have been fortunate to have been shown this truth and for us the key to understand this was in 1 Timothy 4:4-5, “…by means of the WORD of YHVH and prayer.”

    Thus praying over food is not enough, it also needs to agree with the word of YHVH.

    Ps. 111:9-10.


  5. Yhwh is the same yesterday, today and forever. How could He inform us not to yesterday and today say the opposite?
    He knows our bodies more than anyone else and He said not to consume unclean meat. I gave up unclean meat even when I had not much respect for Jews and Judaism.
    Those who enjoy pork will interpret anything that mildly suggest it is okay. Even when there is clear interpretation in Acts 10, it is ignored.
    So let their conscience be their guide.

  6. Why do Jews caal God YHVH instead of Ahayah? When Moses asked God on the mountain what he should call Him, and who should he tell the people of Israel had sent him, the answer was “I am that I am! This is how I shall be known FOREVER!” So why do Jews call God YHVH? JaHovah, according to Strongs concordance means God of Mischief! Also, the very top of the Kabalists tree of life is Ahaya!

    • We have addressed these issues before on this blog. Do a search of “YHVH” on the search engine on this blog’s front page and you’ll find your answers.

      In brief, the hovah as occurring in Yehovah does not mean mischief. They are two different words and are homonyms if you will. A minimal knowledge of Hebrew or any foreign language can lead one to all kinds of erroneously conclusions about a lot of things. Be careful.

      Yes, his name is I AM, but he told us to refer to him as YHVH—–a name that the biblical writers used for I AM nearly 7,000 times in Scripture.

      If you will roll up your sleeves and do the deep research required to come to biblical Truth, this knowledge becomes evident and you will not come to erroneous understandings.

      May YHVH bless and guide you in your truth seeking endeavors.

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