Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk… (Exodus 23:19 and 34:26)
According to Jewish tradition, this commandment forbids us to consume meat and milk at the same time. This law is truly the pillar on which the Shulhan Arukh (Table prepared) is based. This work, a major Judaic codex of laws, includes laws relating to the conduct that should be adopted in everyday life. Even less religious Jews strive to respect the misinterpreted sense of this law. They go as far as building two different kitchens in one house to ensure that meat and milk will never meet each other. If there is not enough room or money to have two, they alternatively exclude one or the other for a certain period of time from their unique kitchen. At the end of this period, they are disinfecting the entire kitchen and its battery to be certain that the elements do not mix with each other. This prohibition is observed to such an extent that a religious Jew avoids drinking coffee with milk hours after consuming meat, the time to be sure that the digestion is done and that they won’t mix in his stomach. For centuries, this commandment has forced the entire Jewish community to waste an incredible amount of energy, time and money in order to respect an interpretation given to them by great “wise men”. (See text on Judaic laws)
The Lord, however, has spoken this word for a very different reason. A major part of the parashat in which we find this commandment, relates to the attitude to adopt toward the poor. It is obvious that animals do also have their rights and protections is granted to them as well. Animals also love their kids. If one cooks a young animal in its own mother’s milk, this implies that the mother has survived its kid, having given the milk for cooking it. Although she did not necessarily attend the slaughter of her baby, she does still feel it missing or can even smell its blood. As animals do not have facial expressions and language that can be interpreted and understood by humans, we are not really able to distinguish the signs of pain on the face of animals. Thus, customs can easily develop, completely ignoring the animal’s feelings, because man might think that these beasts do not have any.
Moreover, if the animal suffers, it has an impact on the products it can provide us. Indeed, the state of mind triggers the production of hormones. Those linked to bitterness poison the meat, the milk and the whole organism, and end up passing by ours.
For my part, I try not to drink coffee with milk after eating meat when I’m in Jewish circles. Not because I accept this interpretation of the law, or because I want to play the good Jew in a hypocritical way, but because I do not want to scandalize anyone. As the first disciples were commanded to consume the offering meat of the pagan temples in Acts, since the ministry of leading our neighbor to Christ prevails over the momentary observance of certain commandments, or in this case on the non respect of human decrees.
Therefore, let us never be fierce Pharisees or anti-Pharisees, for the same negative consequences may result from both behavior The same doors can be closed before the Jews today that could have been closed before the Greeks of that time, if the Lord had not intervened with the apostles in order to reason them. This door through which the King can enter the lives of others.
Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits… (Exodus 23:6)
It is not allowed to profit from a poor person. If we treat him well and give him help, he won’t be able to give it back to us and return our kindness towards him. Given his situation, he has no money, no job and no good relationship that he could share with us. This is a well-known fundamental and universal truth. The poor are thus helpless in an incredulous and impious society. If he is falsely accused, he will find no friends standing by his side and helping him since no one gives anything for free. In addition, it is very easy to charge a poor since it is more likely to commit a crime when you are in misery.
The Lord forces his people to abide by this law in order to eliminate the problem of inequality. However, this only works if other similar laws are also respected in parallel. For the poor can have no more rights than the rich on the pretext that he is poor. In addition, we can only be impartial if we categorically refuse any allowance and other bribes that can tip the scales on one side or the other. Prohibiting corruption also strengthens this commandment because the poor can not afford to buy such a service. 87/613 Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent. (Exodus 23:8)
It is true that today, the “poor” suffer less and less injustice. In this atmosphere of excessive and growing humanism, the world is swinging from one extreme to the other. It is of course not in Satan’s interest that the law of the Eternal apply equitably. He is always trying to turn the situation over and not restore the original balance. It is therefore essential to take into account the rights of the rich in parallel with the rights of the poor in order to show perfect equitability. It is interesting to note that the law defending the rights of the rich is mentioned before the one defending the rights of the poor. This is all the more surprising since, in the course of history, the poor have suffered much more injustice from the rich than the contrary. This chronological sequence takes on all its significance today when minorities acquire excessive rights to the detriment of the majority or the rich.
Following my conversion, I lived for a long time in a neighborhood where many celebrities lived, most of whom were of Jewish origin. I quickly realized that a form of discrimination was working in me. I felt more passionate about bringing the testimony of Christ to these people than to the anonymous ones. I imagined that bringing such a person to Christ would be an event that would make a lot of noise and the whole country would hear about it. For my part, I would have get a magnificent trophy of which I could have pride myself thereafter. It was this law that judged this tendency which remained in me. Only the one able of putting aside his preferences, his convictions and human aspirations is entitled to perform any ministry.
There are many Christian assemblies, where the rulers or the elders are sitting in front, in a separate place, like the VIP areas of rock concerts. There are sitting the “big ones” like aristocrats in their beautiful clothes, because they are famous, rich or simply because they are spiritually elders. I have heard many times that visitors looking for spiritual food who have noticed these separations, simply left without ever returning to such places. Those who spoke to me ended up finding a welcoming community where this law was respected. They did finally find a place where the elders do not sit in front and turn their backs on the youngest and the poorest in spirit, but on the contrary, they mingle with others and they are the ones who look after the newcomers by washing their feet. How many must be those who may never have returned to a Christian congregation after experiencing such situations and just went on wandering like widows or orphans?
The more mature we are in our minds, the more the reflex of not sitting in the front row should work automatically, for fear of having to be ashamed of being returned to the second place by the householder. Because it may happen that someone more honorable than we are is coming after us, although for now, he is still to be fed and healed in spirit through our own ministry. (Lk 14:8) At our home, it is usually the youngest member of the family who sits at the top of the table, because this is the only place around the table where you can find an armchair and where the child is not at risk of falling down during the meal. We, the elders, are sitting on common chairs without arms, because our feet touch the ground and allow us to keep ourselves in balance.
In opposition to that, I happened many times that I have disputed a place at the back rows of a church with someone before the beginning of the cult. None of us wanted to sit in front. I thought that everything was in order with me and my opponent, because our humility made us covet the same more modest places. Then, I realized that the situation was not so idyllic as that. Because we often go to the back so that we do not have to assume our responsibilities, our communion with the others and in order to avoid our duties in the ministry … but this will be the subject of another teaching.
Also see 65/613 Widows and orphans
And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. (Leviticus 7, 26)
The Bible explains the reason for this prohibition. Blood is nothing but the vessel of the soul.
The Jews are very meticulous about the preparation of the meat. They have infallible methods to extract the slightest drops of blood from raw meat before cooking and eating it. (it is soaked in warm, salty water, or it is roasted over an open fire, etc.)
The ban on the consumption of blood is primarily aimed at avoiding the spirit of violence.
Vision and constant contact with the blood is likely to open doors to savagery and the escalation of violence between men.
It is well known that the consumption of blood is the main gesture, the culminating moment of pagan cults aiming to get in touch with the spiritual world.
Everyone also knows that it is better to avoid feeding dogs with raw meat, lest they become aggressive and uncontrollable.
What is blood?
Any superstition set aside, we can affirm that the consumption of blood represents a kind of fusion with the animal or the person the blood is coming from. This is the reason for the ban. The pagans used this method consciously to acquire the characteristics of the living beings whose blood they drank. It is an act of spiritism and witchcraft. The consumption of blood can result in the intrusion of a demon into the mind of the person who drinks it.
Transplantation of organs is quite similar. Today, we know a lot of testimonies of people having received someone else’s organ and having changed in mind and having inherited of the dead’s concrete tastes or even memories.
In the Bible, there is still another command:
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. (John 6, 54-55)
The words of Yeshua in the New Testament are clear and seem to contradict the Father’s command that it is forbidden to consume blood, even that of the Passover lamb.
Indeed, the blood of Yeshua, the Lamb of יהוה is truly the one and only blood that can and has to be consumed, otherwise the gift of eternal life would not be possible. Drinking His blood is prescribed to merge with Him, so that His Holy Spirit may impregnate us to be cleansed from sin and the death that follows. The Holy Spirit is the only one with which we all must merge.
Not to be confused with the transubstantiation sessions perpetrated by some Christian churches that do anything but remember Christ’s unique act of redemption. It is a sacrilege in which pagan priests allow themselves to reiterate the sacrifice of Yeshua in an arbitrary and illegitimate way. They act as they were little gods. This infamous act falls naturally into the category of seances as any other pagan worship.
Medicine knows the case of exosanguino-transfusion when there is an incompatibility between the blood group of the mother and her newborn. These are very rare cases in medicine, but we must know that spiritually, we are all born that way, with unclean and incompatible blood with that of the Father. We bear the sins of our ancestors from our birth and we inherit the promise of death made to Adam.
However, we have the possibility to undergo this exosanguino-transfusion by the Blood of Yeshua.
When we are born again in spirit, it is exactly this “medical” intervention that is happening. This operation is now realized at the spiritual level and is what we call: the process of Sanctification.
When the Spirit of Christ comes, the Holy Spirit begins to flow in us, gradually emptying the unclean spirit, the old intoxicated blood, to take its place and revive us. When Christ judges us by his Commandments, we absolve and regain power over the given part of our being by sending the Holy Spirit over it who starts injecting its purified blood for revival. This is how he gradually clears the power of Satan to regain his rights over all sections of our lives. This is how the old man becomes a new creature.
Following the baptism with water, comes the baptism of fire, then baptism by blood, when the handover of power is fulfilled.
More generally, not simply at the individual level, but collectively, the prophecy of the Grafting in and back to the olive tree, does follow exactly the same pattern
When the branch is grafted, or grafted again in the case of the Jewish People, the sap contained in the trunk and the root are repelling and clearing out any other foreign sap in order to expel it, to take its place and to revive the branch.
This is how individuals are born again, how christendom can revive and definitely belong to Christ.
You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs! (Exodus 22:30)
The ban on eating carrion flesh has several aspects. It is known that the meat of putrefying animals becomes quickly the nest of a mass of microbes that can cause serious infectious diseases. We also know that the dying animal produces harmful hormones that are not or hardly produced during a ritual sacrifice. The slaughter is done so quickly that the animal does not have time to realize that it will die.
In addition, and arising from Commandment 55/613, the animal found death, unless it is itself a wild animal, is still owned by someone. One should never rejoice and never profit from the misfortune of others. Since otherwise, we wouldn’t be in communion with our neighbor but we would be in some ways the allies of the beast who committed the crime since it did the “dirty work” that we are now enjoying.
Another aspect is precisely about work. That the one who does not work neither should he eat. Why would I take advantage of anything that is not the result of my own work? This logic is very alien to Jewish thought and is absolutely not in the will of the Eternal. Such an act opens the door to parasitism and laziness. I would work less or even stop working if I went to gather animals that fell in the forests or the fields. After a while, I would go further by fastening the process and taking a rifle to go for hunting, which is also closely related to pagan rites. In the end, I would not even flinch from stealing if the opportunity arises.
Let’s be holy. What one eats must exclusively be coming from the Lord and be strictly consumed on his altar by giving thanks to him. The Lord himself never gives us half-rotten waste to provide for our needs. He always gives us the best (although in times of crisis or war, survival prevails over any culinary ban and we are actually provisionally allowed to eat meat normally prohibited by law, such as pork).
Spiritual food can be rotten and unhealthy the same way. The law is therefore also valid for all the teachings given in haste, without preparation, without prior sanctification on the part of the servant. Accepting such food excludes the possibility of sanctifying ourselves. So do not just pick up messages here and there, because the Eternal wants to give you the best.
If it is not exclusively from the Almighty that I expect my salary should it be at the physical, psychical or spiritual level, I am like the stray dog betting its life on luch and living on rubbish abandoned by some predators.
See also 61/613 Stoned to death animal
Zeev Shlomo 03.03.2014
…do not curse the ruler of your people (Exodus 22:28)
If the ruler in question is faithful the Lord, it is obvious that to speak ill of him would be evil (as described in 75/613. Here we should speak about the much more frequent case of leaders who do absolutely not fear the Almighty. For it is in these cases that we believers have the pride of giving us the right to criticize them. We must know that this commandment protects impious rulers the same way as righteous ones.
The foundation of this law is that a ruler never gets to such a position of power without the consent of the Lord. He is the one who authorizes crisis, difficult times, the rise of tyrants and wars. For us, the question is much more to know the reasons why we must undergo such hardship. Most chiefs, princes, kings and other rulers are far from living and acting in humility before the Lord, with the exception of some kings of Judea in biblical times, few were pious and humble.
The answer to the above question is simple. Hard times and bad rulers are the direct consequence of the collective sins of the people. By breaking the law, we are opening the door to the spirit of rebellion that rises with the appearance of a hard-to-live leader. By hiding from the divine cover, we are automatically launched under the cover of the one who pushes us to commit these illegal acts. The Eternal does not punish, he lets us suffer the consequences of our actions as a signal of our disobedience.
So the question is not which words to use to curse the bad king, but to ask for the judgment of the Lord so that our faults are unveiled and can be repaired. In what way am I personally responsible for the collective judgment embodied by the appearance of a bad leader, whether he is a king, a prince, a governor, a director, an army general or a simple bus driver?
Restoring my own life and relationship with the Lord is the only key to solving the problem and being free from false authorities. This does not mean that a good prince will be appointed over me the next day, but the curses resulting from his reign will only reach me to the extent that the Almighty has defined for my own edification. The bad rule will not poison my life to the point of being spiritually wronged. I will enjoy a kind of divine veto that will protect me against the misdeeds of human decisions. However, I will have to suffer the physical consequences of the power in place, but the Almighty will make sure that it does not influence my spiritual life negatively. I must therefore continue to respect the laws established by the world, insofar as they are not in direct contradiction with the Eternal’s Commandments. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to יהוה what is יהוהs. (Mt 22:21). Let us never forget that, unlike the false promises of the humanists, we have never been promised to live in a physical world where there will be peace and harmony. The peace and security that is being built globally is illegal and futile. It will fall right after reaching its peak, when everyone will say: While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1Thess 5: 3). My spiritual recovery brings with me the gift of the Holy Spirit who comes to rest on me. The consequence of this is that any other spirit goes away. My spiritual recovery is the testimony that can bring healing to others.
This law is all the more important since it is customary in most countries to organize a popular uprising or other civil war roughly every 40-50 years in order to overthrow the ruling system. This situation has lasted since the storming of the Bastille more than two centuries ago. As quoted, it was Yeshua himself who reminded us of the essence of this command when he spoke on the question of the tax to the Romans. The vast majority of believers are people who feel an insurmountable drive to defend the rights granted to them by the earthly powers and that they consider as a due.
It is shocking to see Christian troops campaigning against a government when it plans to pass a law to repeal church subsidies and to restrict their numbers in state registers. Could we have imagined that Yeshua and his disciples would ever come to Pilate with banners to claim a few dinars for buying bread and fish so that they could organize an evangelistic picnic on the hill’s side? This absurdity is today considered as the most natural thing on earth by the majority of Christian churches and their followers. In doing so, their true lord is unmasked. Your mind is where you put your trust.
Many believers are constantly cursing the government. The Prime Minister may be red, black, blue, green or orange, they will always find something to complain about. Their discontent is exactly the same as the one of their impious neighbors. In order to assert their rights, they also resort to the most vile and worldly legal methods based on the democratic ideals and currents of thought that are so fashionable today. In the meantime, the external witnesses do not even perceive the one that these believers are supposed to represent so politics is their main theme.
Then Paul said to him, “יהוה will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!” Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult יהוה’s high priest!” Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people. (Acts 23:3-5)
Paul’s tongue has also slipped, but he did it unconsciously. As soon as he learned who was the man he had reprimanded, he immediately retracted. Although was absolutely right, it was not up to him to express the sentence, at least not yet. In spirit, Paul certainly had to be much more noble than the attacked high priest, yet he showed tremendous humility to belittle himself so deeply before someone much smaller than he is, so much observing this law is important.
So, instead of choosing between the rope and the rifle, between left and right, leave the axes of war to the gladiators of this world and choose Life instead!
Do not blaspheme יהוה or curse the ruler of your people. (Exodus 22:28)
Besides the respect of the Lord and the rulers (see 77/613), Jewish tradition also extends this law to the respect of judges.
We know how vulnerable judges are to all sorts of dangers and threats when they have the task of condemning criminals. As the representatives of the civil law all the curses of the accused ones and their families are pointing them and many of them receive threats or are even killed before the end of the trial.
At the light of this law, we can understand why such things happen. Because the judge does not represent his own laws. It is not of his own personal interest to try others. Just as in a earthly court, the priest who is the representative of the divine court, does not make judgments according to his own ideas and desires, but according to the law of the Almighty. The judge only puts into practice the law of a constitution. This constitution was not written by him, it is not even him who applies it directly, but he only enforces it, he is only playing a role of mediator.
Thus, any threat, gossip or rebellion against a person who knows and represents the commandments of the Lord is directely opposing to the Almighty himself.
In the Body of Christ at the level of the spirit, it is exactly the same. As a born-again believer in whom the Commandments have been fulfilled by Christ, it is natural that the outside world attacks and hates us. Although the world is not generally aware of it, it is against the Eternal that they are rising up. This is naturally true only in the case when we live according to his Will and not according to our own psychic and religious ideas.
Most of the Lord’s prophets have been driven out, exiled, persecuted and often killed, as their contemporaries have failed to respect this very specific commandment. All the prophets of the Almighty were men who, apart from their cloaks, possessed absolutely nothing. These prophets had no interest in making the judgments they had to announce. An entirely submissive life and complete detachment from the world were the characteristics of these men who were thus able to exclusively transmit the Word of the Creator.
The very comfortable state of tolerance, when we diplomatically avoid conflicts and do not proclaim the divine Commandments in order to avoid hurting men by contradicting their own laws and traditions, excludes all functioning within the Body of Christ.
As members of Christ’s Body, we have to endorse this heavy task. See also 77/613 Respect the prince, and 84/613 The rich’s rights