Touch not, taste not, handle not

“We shall be gods”

tastenot“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using — according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”  Colossians 2:20-23

As with nearly everthing in the Bible, the roots of this go back to early Genesis.

Obedience comes first – don’t touch the forbidden food. Adam and Eve took it. Daniel refused it. Esther took it but then all the Jews of Susa refused it and the victory was won.

Then comes Rule - which includes eating the previously forbidden food. Daniel later ate the king’s food. Esther finishes with the establishment of a new feast. It’s not rocket science to work out that Adam and Eve would have eaten from the tree of “judicial” knowledge when they were ready for it. But we are dim, and James Jordan isn’t.

So, besides being pedagogical, the Old Covenant food laws were a sign of temporary, “Adamly” obedience on a national scale. This was fulfilled when Christ not only refused the bread of Satan but became the bread of Life on a tree.

Now the church eats pork, shellfish, oysters, etc. as Greater Esther “devours the Abyss” (rendering it clean, as Jesus does) – and she drinks wine (or should do) – the drink of kings for whom Christ is both wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14


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