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Genesis 9:3 - Does this say all meats are fit to eat
  1. This scripture does not say God made all meats for human consumption. God explained what He meant by the phrase “Every moving thing that liveth.” Genesis 9:2 shows that He was referring to the four classifications of animals: the beasts of the earth, the fowls of the air, all that move upon the earth, and the fish of the seas.

  2. Genesis 9:3 shows that not every animal is clean and good for food. A qualification is added, “even as the green herb have I given you all things.” Not all green herbs are good for food. You wouldn’t think of eating poison ivy or poison oak. In addition, oleanders (an evergreen shrub) are poisonous – even though they have fragrant flowers.

  3. Just as all plants are not good for food, neither are all animals. Noah was well aware of that fact. Genesis 7:2, 8 proves that God had revealed which animals were clean and which were not. Here a definite distinction was made between clean and unclean meats.

Later God had Moses codify the law of clean and unclean meats which had been in effect since Creation. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 state which animals may be eaten and which may not.

  1. God knew that man could find out for himself which herbs were good for food and which ones were not. But, He had to reveal to man which animals were fit to eat and which were not. The Bible is God’s instruction book for man, providing him with the knowledge he could not discover for himself.
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