Seriously. Why don’t you eat skunk?
In the discussion of food, many want to run to Mark 7:19 and errantly declare that ‘Jesus made all foods clean.’
Well, a simple reading of the context of the passage reveals that the topic is not even about food. The topic is TRADITIONS of men that are used to override clear Scripture.
IF Yeshua/Jesus declared skunk (or pork) to be clean, then He was teaching against the Torah and the Pharisees had a legitimate reason to kill Him (Deuteronomy 13:1-5) and did not need false witnesses (Mark 14:55-59)! The very fact that nobody lifted a finger or voice of dissent in Mark 7 indicates that everyone in the crowd knew that when He said ‘food’ He was, by definition, speaking of ‘clean’ food… that which the Torah already defined! They knew, without any question that skunk was still NOT food… Neither was pork, hamster, cockroach, lobster, shrimp, alligator, armadillo, buzzard, etc…
Put yourself in the shoes of the listeners that day and ask yourself, what was their definition of food? What did they understand and why didn’t they resist Yeshua’s teaching if He was countermanding the Torah!!
For a great short video that digs deeper into the Mark 7 passage and explains how translators added words to alter the meaning, see:
Dig deeper. Understand the context within which Scripture was given!!