A pastor recently asked me about 1 Samuel 14:27, if the honey referred to God’s Revelation to man; this is the answer I gave him: The text refers to the deliverance that the man of faith can acquire through the food he eats, the Revelation, however, is established on the basis of the deliverance.
But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. I Samuel 14:27
There is deliverance through food, and this is a clear example. Surely the reader will be familiar with issues such as the defilement that certain foods produce when they are eaten, because this is the counterpart issue, a little known issue, which highlights that God establishes deliverance through the food that He points out for that purpose.
God establishes a “diet” and He does it with the purpose of establishing operations of liberation, in and with, the people to whom He reveals them, such as Samson;
but he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. Judges 13:7
God provides a “diet” to establish operations of the Spirit, they are operations of Kingdom establishment through which precedents of faith are established in the regions, examples of which you read in the diet that He designed for Adam and Eve,
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11
You see it again in the wisdom that led Daniel and his companions not to contaminate themselves with the ration assigned to them,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. Daniel 1.12-16.
There will be people, however, who will highlight an intrinsic value in food, that is not the biblical teaching, food itself does not have a value independent of the Will of God.
God arranges a “diet” with the purpose of establishing and maintaining liberation in those who serve Him, because for there to be Revelation, it is necessary first to establish liberation, we see it in the diet that God determined to the priests and the Nazarites,
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord: 3 he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. Numbers 6:1-4
For that very reason, the recommendation that the church in Jerusalem gave to the church of the Gentiles was given precisely to cut the satanic bonds that are established in the person through food,
but that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Acts 15.20
Many peoples of the earth have food contaminated with idols, and unfortunately the children of light continue to consume it. Foods based on the blood of animals, such as moronga (blood sausage) are consumed by people who claim to be followers of Jesus by arrogating to themselves a freedom that is not sustained by the Word.
whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Philippians 3.19
I emphasize, the diet is established by God, not that man/woman should seek one according to the basis of science. There is deliverance through food, and in His grace, God gives revelation of how to use food.
Eating a lot of red meat is constituted in bonding and contamination. Spiritual bonding is established by what the animals carry. Animals perceive and dwell in unclean spirits much more readily than humans, the example being the demons that entered the herd of swine (Luke 8:32).
Not that red meat cannot be eaten, for in God’s commandment, animals are given to Noah to eat (Genesis 9:3-5), but they are not to be the food base of a man of faith. When you minister deliverance to someone, put them on a meat fast for at least a week, and you will see the results.
Remember, it is not just a matter of “stopping” certain foods, it is necessary to discover, and implement, God-revealed diets to fulfill purposes and operations of the Spirit. So, not only should pork be seen as “bad”, bad can be everything that feeds a person’s ego. How about coffee? How about mate? Do you understand? It is to understand that we eat not only to subsist, but also so that the human spirit can be quickened to “see”, like Jonathan’s case, what God is doing, or what God wants us to do.
The biblical quotations are taken from the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
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