Dinner Theater in the Dietary Law

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The dietary law is not about eating

The Hebrews were given the dietary law as a script for a play. [1] They would act out the play, and the audience; everyone else, would learn from it. The play is written in symbols and riddle. The dietary law [2]says nothing about what we can eat. Eating is a symbol for learning [3]. It tells us who we should learn from, and who we should not learn from.

When we eat clean animals which ruminate and have a split hoof [4], we remember that our teachers should meditate on the Word of God [5], and it should produce a Holy life or walk, in them.

The swine are those who have no discernment in what they learn [6]. A swine shouldn't be a teacher.

The camel is a symbol for a judge. Jesus said that we should not judge others [7]. Judges aren't good teachers.

The coney hides the gospel and only teaches the law. The rabbit appears to celebrate at inappropriate times.

These animals represent the behaviors of some people. We will need to understand what symbols are, then we can examine how the symbols are used to represent various kinds of people.

  1. De 28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb [parable], and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
  2. Le 11:1-12
  3. Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. [{I am … : Heb. thy name is called upon me }]
  4. Le 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, [and] cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
  5. Ps 1:2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
  6. Pr 11:22 [As] a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, [so is] a fair woman which is without discretion. [{is without: Heb. departeth from }]
  7. Mt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
From the beginning

Before God created anything, there was just God. [1]

He looked for a place to put a universe. There was nothing larger than God. [2] There was no place outside of him to create. He could only put the new things inside of himself.

He opened a pocket within himself and spoke into it. [3] When the heavens and earth were finished; he created his friend. [4] [5] [6]

"Hi Adam, I am God, let me teach holiness and love. [7] I will give you a tree as a symbol of holiness. It is separate and different from other trees. You should not eat from it, just because I am God. [8] I am Holy. I am Love."

Adam not understanding God, would 'declare' his own rules as God had done. [9] He ate the fruit from the tree. [10]

God's name tells us that Adam did not understand God. God's name is Elohim. 'El' means 'God', 'im' means 'his people'. The 'H' sound means they don't understand. God is separated from his people because they don't understand. Each of the letters are symbols with meaning.

Everything... absolutely everything after this is to teach who God is. Through the dietary law, he reveals his nature by showing how to select good teachers.

  1. Ge 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
  2. 1Ki 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
  3. Ge 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
  4. Ge 1:26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
  5. Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
  6. Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
  7. Ge 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  8. Ge 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. [{thou shalt surely … : Heb. dying thou shalt die }]
  9. Ge 3:22 ¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know [declare] good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
  10. Ge 3:6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. [{pleasant: Heb. a desire }]
God wants everyone to know him

Everything God made is designed to teach about him. [1] However, it is difficult to learn from the stars and rocks. We learn easier through words and actions.

God chose some people; the Hebrews, to teach everyone else about him [2], but they didn't know him very well themselves.

God wrote a play and chose the Hebrews to be the actors. [3] He gave them some commandments, a tabernacle, and some feasts to live by. These things were the script for the play. Everyone else would watch the play and learn about God. [4]

God used their lives to write another story. [5] [6]When they did what he asked, and when they didn't; God wrote about himself, Jesus, and the cross, using the things in their history as symbols. [7]

This is hard to understand. Imagine if you played hopscotch, and every jump you took, the jump was used to tell the story of Jesus. As the people lived their lives, God used every jump to tell his story.

In this book, we will look at the script; the rules God gave them about things they could eat. Through the symbols, good and bad teachers will be revealed by their behaviors.

  1. Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [{so … : or, that they may be }]
  2. Ge 12:1 ¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
  3. De 28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
  4. Ga 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
  5. Lu 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
  6. Lu 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
  7. Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

In order to hide a second story in the history of his people, God had to use symbols. [1] [2]

When you look at a picture of an apple, you know that it isn't an apple but just a symbol of an apple. It is something to make you think about apples.

Words are also symbols. The word 'dog' is not a dog. It is just a symbol to make you think of dogs. Words can be used as symbols of other words.

When you are told to 'hop in the car', do you really hop all the way to the car and jump in? I don't think you do that. The word 'hop' is used as s symbol to mean 'get in'. Why would we use 'hop' instead of 'get in'?

"Get in" sounds bossy. Parents really don't like to boss you around. To be just a little playful, they would say 'hop in'. We also use symbols in jokes and riddles.

I will tell you a secret riddle: Why did the chicken cross the road? The real answer is not "To get to the other side" but "To get to the other side". "The other side" is a symbol for going to heaven. If you saw a dead chicken in the road, you would ask the riddle.

  1. De 28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
  2. Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [{so … : or, that they may be }]
For Israel

The dietary law was written for Israel. 'Is' means 'man'. 'El' means God, just as it did in 'Elohim'. The 'R' sound means 'revelation'. Israel means 'man joined to God by revelation'.

Jacob was called 'Israel' because God revealed himself through a dream [1], and by wrestling with him. [2] The Hebrews were called Israel because God revealed himself at the mountain. [3] You are called Israel because God has revealed himself to you through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Hebrews did not understand the riddles. They just acted them out. The answers to the riddles come from Jesus and the cross. We can understand the message of the play by the cross. The law tells us about God, by showing us the teachers that he wants for us. We don't need to act it out too.

In Tic-Tac-Toe you learned that you never have to lose. You could always force the game to a draw. Now when someone asks you to play you can say "Thanks. Draw" without having to play the game.

As we sit down to breakfast, we can eat the tasty bacon and be reminded that we should not learn (eat) from people who cannot tell if their own learning is good or bad.

  1. Ge 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
  2. Ge 32:24 ¶ And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. [{breaking … : Heb. ascending of the morning }]
  3. Ex 19:16 ¶ And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that [was] in the camp trembled.
Meditate on the word of God

Since eating is a symbol for learning [1], each animal is a symbol of someone who teaches. Some people we should learn from, and some we should not learn from. Benjamin Franklin said, "He who lies down with dogs, gets up with fleas." He used dogs as a symbol for people who behave poorly, and fleas as bad behaviors we might learn from them.

The clean animals of the Bible are described as having two toes, like the cow and the deer. They also 'chew the cud'. The actual word 'gerah' means to 'pursue the revelation that was not understood'. The cow will eat something and regurgitate it, up to three times, to chew it again and again.

The cow has several stomachs, but you have only one. Please chew your food well before swallowing so that you only have to swallow once.

The split hoof or two toes symbolize a 'separated walk' or life. [2] 'Walk' is a symbol for 'life'. [3] If you have a separated life, you are living a life for God. If you are a clean animal, you learn from God's word, then you 'chew the cud', you think about it over and over again.

You learn to walk with God by meditating on his word. [4] A good teacher is like this.

  1. Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. [{I am … : Heb. thy name is called upon me }]
  2. Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
  3. Ro 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  4. Ps 1:1 ¶ Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [{ungodly: or, wicked }] 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The camel is a symbol of a judge. [1] We hope our judges are good people. But God is using the judge to teach about himself through the nature of his teachers.

Jesus said that we should not judge, or we too will be judged. [2]

Many people see God as a great and terrible judge. But he judged all of our sins on the cross of Jesus and forgave us to show that he is also love. When you are forgiven, there is no more judgement. [3]

God's teachers teach his love, the Gospel, by showing his forgiveness through the cross. He doesn't want us to become judges. He wants us to forgive as he has forgiven. [4]

Jesus told a story about a man who owed a lot of money to a king. [5] He could never pay it back. When the king forgave him his debt, he put his neighbor in prison for owing him just a little money.

The man was shown great love through forgiveness, but then became a judge who had none. The king threw the man in prison for not also forgiving.

We should not learn to be a judge, because if we judge, we will be judged.

  1. גמל - camel, recompense
  2. Mt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
  3. Ro 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  4. Ro 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  5. Mt 18:23-35

When Adam named the coney he must have seen the coney take a treasure into his den, then return to the opening to defend it with bared teeth. His name means 'hide the treasure' [1] but it also means 'mystery פ of the biting teeth שן'. The coney is a symbol of a teacher who hides the Gospel.

God is Holy and he is also Love. Holiness is expressed by separation, the law, and judgement. His love is expressed by patience, long-suffering, and self-sacrifice.

Judgement in the Old Testament was required to teach that he is holy. Now through the 'play' which was finished on the cross, His holiness is understood. When his holiness is learned through the cross, God is free to teach of his love.

Consider when Elisha removed an ax head from the stream [2]: With an ax as a symbol of judgement, and the water a symbol of his word, he removed judgement from the Word.

The same story is told when Jesus turned water; the word, into wine; a symbol of grace.

The coney-like teacher hides the treasure, or message of love, and only presents the teeth; the law. He uses the Bible to threaten people with the anger of God.

  1. שפן - coney, hide, treasure up
  2. 2Ki 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast [it] in thither; and the iron did swim.
Not dedicated to God

Some teachers are symbolized by rabbits. A warren of rabbits may look like popcorn. They jump when happy; they jump when scared; they just jump sometimes. The name in Hebrew means 'divided jubilation' [1].

The rabbit is a symbol of teachers who mix all kinds of religions together. This week it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Quanza, and next they are celebrating Hindu dust. To them all religions are good. They have no discernment about what to celebrate.

Some people say we can't trust the Bible because it says the rabbit 'chews the cud' and rabbits don't chew the cud. The Bible says that only in English. In Hebrew is says they chew the 'gerah' which is a thing pursued again because it was not understood. [2]

The rabbit actually passes it's food through a second time by eating it's night droppings. This rabbit-like teacher knows the word of God but is not a good teacher.

The teacher symbolized by rabbit or hare is not a good teacher because the knowledge of God does not produce a separated hoof. He does not live what he knows. Without discernment of what to celebrate, the teacher cannot dedicate his life to God.

  1. hare ‘arnebeth ארנבת - house בת of divided א jubilation רנ.
  2. gerah כרה - pursue ג the revelation ר that was not understood ה.

Some people say their favorite verse of the Bible is "God helps those who help themselves". That isn't in the Bible. The swine eats, or learns anything, and teaches it as truth.

The swine is a symbol of the self-righteous; people who think they are good just because they think they are good. The name (חסיר )in Hebrew means 'perceive חז a new י revelation ר'. They think their own ideas, or whatever new ideas they hear, are true.

Swine pass off new teachings from others as if they are from the Bible. They hear from others that there are errors in the Bible. They pass it on as truth to make themselves look clever.

Teachers may learn things from scientific theories and pass them on as absolute truth. One thing is absolutely true in science: what it says is true today, will not be true tomorrow.

They may read the Bible and not understand it. They will teach their error as truth. When faced with things that appear to be opposite teachings in the Bible, they just choose one and ignore the other, rather than work to understand they are both true.

The one who cannot understand the word of God is not a good teacher.

Swine -2

The attitude of the swine-like teacher is so contagious it is dangerous. God says we should not even 'touch their dead bodies' [1]. This is a riddle in Hebrew that says we should not be 'joined to their foolishness nor plagued by it.' God is talking about teachers, not swine.

He may brag he gave an apple to a homeless guy. The next swine brags he gave two apples. The first responds that his was the only apple he had and he gave it.

This bragging of works is contagious. Do not be joined to it.

The swine will also make you feel bad for not having given any apples. The noodles you gave are not nearly as good.

Swine attitudes of self-righteousness based on his own ideas are contagious because they appeal to our flesh. We want to be noticed and appreciated. We want to look good to others. Do not be plagued by it.

Have nothing to do with the swine or you may get caught up in their folly. Perhaps this is a source for Paul's teaching: 2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

  1. Le 11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they [are] unclean to you.

With water representing the word of God, the clean fish represents the teacher who has been commanded to pursue, or search, the scriptures.

The Hebrew word for 'fish' means 'commanded to pursue'. [1] When Adam watched the fish darting around the water, it seemed like an appropriate name.

A clean fish has scales symbolizing the armor of God [2] , and is propelled by fins symbolizing that the love Jesus had for the word, motivates the teacher. This is hidden in riddle. [3]

God's teachers are always looking to understand God better. They study, meditate, and then live what they have learned. They correct their teaching and their lives as they learn more.

They are motivated by the same love for God's people that God has for his people. They desire that others know God's love.

The fish live in three kinds of water or word. [4] The word of God comes from the 1. Father, 2. Son, and 3. Holy Spirit. God is made known through his 1. works; the things that happen in life, 2. his word; Jesus and the Bible, and by his 3. Spirit dwelling within us.

The one who wears the armor of God as he searches the scriptures and is motivated by the love of God, is a good teacher.

  1. dag דג - fish, commanded ד to pursue ג
  2. qasqeseth - scale, mail (armor)
  3. סנפיר‎ - fins, 'holy א horned/thorned סנ bull פר'.
  4. Le 11:9 ¶ 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.

The dietary law says nothing about what we can eat. Eating is a symbol for learning. It tells us who we should learn from, and who we should not learn from.

Each animal was used as a symbol for a type of teacher; some good, some bad.

God's 'play' was acted out by the Hebrews for many years and they did not know it was a play. God told them they would be a 'proverb' or 'parable'. These are other words telling us that their lives would be a symbol to teach the world about God.

The dietary law was just a small part of the play. As God taught which teachers we should choose, he taught about his character.

His desire for us is

to do good, not to curse us. He does not hide his treasure as the coney does. [1]
to do mercy, not judgement as the camel would do.
we know truth, and not believe just anything that comes along like the swine, or rabbits.
we pursue his word motivated by the love he has for us, like the clean fish.
we meditate on his word and allow it to produce a life dedicated to God.
  1. Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. [{expected … : Heb. end and expectation }]
14. Appendix

The basis for this study is a first century hermeneutic demonstrated by the New Testament authors as they used Old Testament references, and an observable property of the Hebrew language called 'notarikon'. [1]

John demonstrates a fluency in notarikon which is missed when the Septuagint is used instead of the original Hebrew texts. It can be demonstrated that John 1:1-4 is derived using these tools from the first three words of Genesis 1:1.

The hermeneutic and use of notarikon eliminate the need to search for a mystical Q document to explain the so-called 'Synoptic Problem'. [2]

  1. Modern Jewish teachings concerning notarikon can not be trusted since it can be demonstrated that they are intentionally scrambled to hide references to Christ.
  2. The Synoptic Problem observes that Mark, Matthew and Luke refer to similar events but treat them differently. Rather than being a problem, the differences help define the methods they used to unpack "the mystery hidden from the beginning" as the apostles became more proficient in applying the hermeneutic that Jesus taught.

Appendix - A: Alphabet meaning

This is the natural catechism of the Hebrew alphabet.

Simple meaning form name
God spoke and created the heavens and the earth א aleph
He revealed to man ב bet
that he pursued them ג gimel
with a command ד dalet
which they did not understand ה hei
it distinguished them ו vav
as the bride ז zayin
when they understood it ח chet
through a marriage ט tet
they became a new creation י yod
The Son of God כ kof
taught ל lamed
the promise of the Father מ mem
the Son of Man נ nun
fulfilled it ס samech
He became flesh ע ayin
Taught in parables, prophecy and mystery פ pei
and exchanged his righteousness for our sin צ tsadi
He died and rose again ק qof
revealing ר rosh
that his word returned with an increase ש shin
His revelation was complete with a new life sprung up ת tov
The Son of God died ך final kof
according to the law ם final mem
The Son of Man died and was restored to glory ן final nun
Prophecy was fulfilled ף final pei
Judgement ended ץ final tsadi
We became co-heirs with Christ ** final shin
** no font character. It looks like a 4-legged shin ש