Shrimp, Lobster, and Cockroaches – One Happy Family

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Posted in Dietary Laws by Jason

Shrimp, Lobster, and CockroachIn today’s day and age, people immediately cringe at the thought of eating dogs, cats, and cockroaches — but things like shrimp, lobster, and swine’s flesh are considered desirable.

Why is that?

The fact of the matter is, all of these things are clearly identified in Leviticus 11 as being unclean and an abomination to our Father. He created all things to serve a specific purpose, but not everything is to be considered food for man.

Leviticus 11:11 “They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination.”

Keepin’ it All in the Family

CockroachOne fact that many people are completely unaware of is that shrimp, lobster, and cockroaches are all related. As crazy as it sounds, it’s true — they are all a part of the phylum Arthropoda, invertebrate animals which have jointed appendages, segmented bodies, and exoskeletons (external skeletons). They are known to spread severe disease to humans, livestock, and crops, and they are important members of marine, freshwater, land, and air ecosystems as they play the role of garbage collectors.

If we are what we eat, then common sense should tell us that eating the flesh of animals which were created to consume waste and toxins is probably not the greatest idea ever. Yet today, despite the fact that science now confirms what Scripture has told us for thousands of years, we still see believers who continue to eat that which we’re specifically instructed not to.

A Shocking Discovery

RebellionSince coming to the realization that the Torah’s dietary instructions have not been done away with, our family has shared the truth of these matters with nearly everyone we know — Christians and non-Christians alike.

What has been most shocking to us, is that non-believers have taken these facts much more seriously than those who claim to love and live by the Word of Yah. Believe it or not, we actually have non-Christian friends and family who have eliminated many of these things from their diets, yet those who own Bibles and claim to love Yahweh continue to live in rebellion because they falsely believe they have “freedom in Jesus” to live a consequence-free, lawless lifestyle.

This has been startling to see firsthand, and Scripture tells us that the day is fast approaching when Yahweh will bring swift and sudden judgement on the earth’s inhabitants for walking stiff-necked, according to their own fleshly desires…

Isaiah 65:2 ”I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts3 A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; who sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick; 4 Who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; who eat swine’s flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;”

Isaiah 66:15 For behold, YHWH will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword YHWH will judge all flesh; and the slain of YHWH shall be many. 17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says YHWH.

But Didn’t Jesus Make All Things Clean?

For centuries, we’ve been taught by the church fathers that Jesus came to make all things clean, but is that really what Scripture tells us? Did our Messiah’s sacrifice on the cross magically make the flesh of rodents and swine nutritious, or have we built this position on the backs of a few grossly misinterpreted proof-texts?

Mark 7:19 “For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)”

Mark 7 is one of the most popularly used proof-texts to support the position that we can now eat whatever our flesh desires, but a careful reading of the passage reveals that it has absolutely nothing to do with the topic of clean and unclean animals. The entire chapter is about eating food with unwashed hands, a tradition and commandment of men that is nowhere to be found in the Torah. Futhermore, “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean” is not even in the original text — it was merely added by translators who were pushing a doctrinal agenda and it’s in direct violation to the clear instructions of our Father…

Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you.”

Yahweh Does Not Change

We serve a Creator that does not change. Eating what was not created to be food was an abomination in the beginning, it is an abomination today, and it will also be in the very last days. The Word is very clear on this subject, and it is imperative that we don’t inject our own feelings and biases into Scripture in an attempt to twist the Word and make it appear to say whatever we want.

119 Ministries has released a series of short videos on the topic of Yah’s dietary guidelines, and they do a wonderful job of addressing the most commonly-used passages used to argue that we’re now permitted to eat anything and everything. They’re great for forwarding to friends and family, and as with all of 119′s teachings, are based solely on Scripture. Enjoy…

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19 Responses to “Shrimp, Lobster, and Cockroaches – One Happy Family”
  1. rebekah prettyman

    Thanks ever so much for posting. My mother became a believer in Yeshua when I was one or two. She loved God’s word and came out of many Gentile ways. Holiday’s, foods etc. It has been difficult at time’s for me, not fulling understanding the way until I was an adult and had to choose. Sometime’s it is lonely in this walk of knowledge when the christian world doesn’t hear any of this truth. Amen to FB and the site’s I have found to re-affirm G-d is good and faithful, giving confirmation to those who have ears to hear. Shalom, G-d bless.

    • Jason

      Shalom Rebekah, thanks for sharing a bit of your testimony. Know that you are not alone in this walk and that more of our brothers and sisters are waking up to the Truth every day. May the Father continue to lead you and guide you in all you do!

  2. Robert

    Jason, thanks for the above information. I have become a Kosher eater for a while now and can remember when I could eat my weight in lobster, shrimp and pork. I had a blemish problem at that time. Since giving up what Yahweh calls his bottom dwellers (earth cleaners) my skin is smooth as silk and feels great. I am a Torah observant Messianic and will follow His Word till…………well, till………

    • Jason

      That’s so wonderful to hear, Robert. The Father is waking His people up and calling them out of Babylon, praise Him for giving eyes to see and ears to hear the truth.

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sebouh

    Hey, there are some exceptions to the “no arthropod” rule. Locusts and grasshoppers are kosher. (Lev. 11:20-23) Unfortunately, I have not been able to find them in the grocery store and I would like to know what they taste like.

  4. Thomas Maeder

    I need your help:

    How do you understand Gen.9:3:

    Every moving thing that lives will be food for you; just as I gave you green plants before, so now I give you everything —

    This seems to be a contradiction compared to the dietary instructions. (Lev.11:11).
    Did Lev.11 replace the instructions given in Gen.9?

    • Jason

      Shalom Thomas, we know that Noah knew the difference between clean animals and unclean animals. In Genesis 9:3, YHWH was not telling Noah that he could eat rats, bats, snakes, and other humans. :)

      I would recommend watching the third video posted above when you have a few minutes…

  5. Juda

    I love that so many more people are interested in KNOWING INTIMATELY what Yehovah desires. But sadly there are so many people who claim to know and LOVE God who refuse to even listen to what the bible teaches. They prefer the traditions of men or look for loopholes to have freedom in areas we never should have freedom.

    Seeking Yehovah with A L L our heart mind strength and soul will allow the Holy Spirit to teach us. Anytime someone justifies rebellion there is a block in the flow of the Spirit. Thank you so very much for plainly showing truth.

    Let those who have eyes to see read and learn.

  6. A new yng believer

    Its so hard for me being 17 and finding the truth and having my parents not only not support me but mock me and call me a Muslim or Jehovah witness. Every so called “holiday” they celebrate and ingest swine. Its extremely difficult going through this alone. But knowing that there are always newcomers helps me fight through it.

    • Jason

      That is a very disappointing thing to have to go through, but stay strong and continue to seek and walk in Yah’s Truth. Allow your family to see the true joy and shalom that comes from walking in obedience to the Father’s Word…

      “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” -Matthew 10:37

      If there is anything that I can do to help you or encourage you, please let me know.

  7. Nathan Blake

    Thank you Jason for this posting, it is a great encouragement to me. I am a Christian, but I’m the only one in my family (to my knowledge) that doesn’t believe that it’s OK to eat everything, and that there is good reason why our Creator said not to eat certain things. I came across your site while searching for similarities between roaches and shellfish. I know this was not accidental. This is a wonderful site, and I will bookmark it to help me increase my knowledge about God’s wishes for us. I believe as Christ said he came to fulfill the law, not abolish it. Shalom!

    • Jason

      Shalom Nathan, thank you so much for your comment. It is such a blessing to hear of your heartfelt desire to please the Father above all things, and I pray that He will continue to lead you and guide you with every step you make.

      Much love and shalom to you!

  8. Kim

    Wow , all of your information was very vital. I researched it and it was accurate. I’m learning every day. Please continue to reach out to our people.

  9. Alice

    Thank you for gathering all this information in one spot! I am a new Torah Observer and this message is timely for me. I am going to enjoy watching the videos you have included and sharing them.

    • Jason

      That’s wonderful to hear, Alice. Praise Yah!

  10. Diana Estep

    Hi Jason!!

    I am reading thru Deuteronomy and ran across this verse … I obey the dietary laws but this verse confused me: Deut 12:15

    Thank you for any insight

    • Jason

      Shalom Diana! In the previous verse, we are given the important instruction that sacrifices are not to be offered in any place we choose. They must be done where YHWH chooses — in the Temple in Yerushalayim. Verse 15 is simply telling us that we are permitted to slaughter meat for our own consumption wherever we choose, and that anyone (in a clean or unclean state) may eat of it.

      Hope this helps, sis. :)

  11. Sharlane

    It is sad that so many think that Yahweh’s word are nothing but traditions that can be set aside. I thank Ruach HaKodesh that he guides me as in Psalm 119. Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Yahweh is the same yesterday, today and forever…He never changes. What has happened before will happen again.

  12. Ger'Al Yisrael

    Amazing information. Mind blowing. Free setting. Convicting and challenging.

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