Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 18 (Don’t Eat Your Pork! Part 2: Yes, Do Eat Your Pork!)

By admin On March 6th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 18

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Don’t Eat Your Pork! Part 2: “Yes, Do Eat Your Pork!”

To read Part 1, click here…October 14th (Don’t Eat Your Pork!)

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In Part 1 (click here) of this devotional, the advice was given to, “Don’t Eat Your Pork!” 

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But here in Part 2, just the opposite advice is given, “Yes, Do Eat Your Pork!”

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So just how do these two seemingly contradicting statements go together? How do we reconcile these two statements together that makes any sense?

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No pork – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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JESUS TAUGHT IN PARABLES

Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

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By a simple reading of the New Testament it is soon discovered that Jesus Christ, the very Author of Life, mostly spoke in parables!

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Yes, Jesus, the greatest of all beings, and the greatest of all teachers, quite often taught spiritual lessons by use of types, shadows, symbols and allegories! He was constantly presenting spiritual truths through the many object-lessons found throughout nature!

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Jesus – Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890.

 

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BUNYAN’S OBSERVATION OF DOVES

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For instance, John Bunyan the author of Pilgrim’s Progress and “Grace Abounding To The Chief of Sinners”, observed that both “clean” and “unclean” animals declared the glory of God by means of their distinct characteristics.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Bunyan_by_Thomas_Sadler_1684.jpg

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And so, he once observed that some clean animals, such as chickens and doves bob their heads forward when they walk, as a means of propelling themselves in a straight-forward direction.

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And then Bunyan compared this to the Holy Spirit who propels Christians in a straightforward direction towards Heaven…“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Proverbs 4:25

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John Bunyan by Thomas Sadler – 1684 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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PORK SYMBOLIZES

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And Bunyan also observed that swine have split hoofs, symbolizing the parting ways from this world of sin. And yet, the swine will continue to eat just about any and every piece of trash it possibly can!

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And so (according to Bunyan), this seemed to symbolize those in the Church who claim to be circumcised-in-heart, and yet continue to consume all the filthiness and pollutions of this, the Devil’s world!

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Yes, Bunyan observed that many self-professed Christians have the ability to, “drink down sin like water”. Thus, Bunyan compared these hypocritical false brethren to swine! They profess to love God, but by their licentiousness only prove that their real love is for this sinful and selfish world!

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Swine feeding – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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UNCLEAN ANIMALS SYMBOLIZE THE UNSAVED OF THE WORLD

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In Acts, Chapter 11, the Apostle, Peter, was shown a vision of unclean animals and the Lord commanded him to eat.http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.html

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But when Peter objected saying, “Nay, Lord, I have never eaten that which is common or unclean”, the Lord said, “Do not call that which I have cleansed, ‘unclean’.” And Peter finally realized that unclean animals symbolized the heathen of the world that needed to hear the Gospel of Salvation!

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And so it is today! We need to take the Gospel to the unsaved world. In THAT sense, we are commanded to eat unclean animals.

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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SHARE THE GOSPEL

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And so, even though we are not to be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers” in the http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmlsense of personal relationships, we are commanded to share the Gospel with the unsaved of the world.

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And so, please DO eat your pork in the spiritual sense, as God commanded Peter, by lovingly sharing the Gospel with the starving souls in this sad and hopeless world!

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to see the spiritual nature of Thy Word. Give me the wonderful gift of seeing the Gospel as God has written the Gospel throughout nature…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read… “January 2 (Cease Ye From Man!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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.Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius)

 

 

“But they that escape of them shall escape,

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and shall be on the mountains

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like doves of the valleys,

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all of them mourning,

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every one for his iniquity.”

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Ezekiel 7:16

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION

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2 Turtle-doves wikipedia chart share-alike license

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THE TWO TURTLEDOVES CONSTELLATION… This constellation appears in early spring in the south. It moves from east to west during the night and slowly moves to the western horizon by fall. It is commonly known as Sagittarius. (The three stars at the top of the 2nd Turtledove are not shown in some Sagittarius Star-charts, but are in others.)

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Sagittarius Constellation star-chart from a wikipedia. Editor of this site has sketched in the Turtledoves. Star-chart is under Share-alike license

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… What Is The Meaning of the Two Turtledoves Constellation?

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TOMORROW:

January 19 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 8: “And Then I’ll Be Happy!”)

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