IS HONEY A CLEAN FOOD? Honey in the Scriptures

IS WHAT WE KNOW AS HONEY A KOSHER FOOD ACCORDING TO THE TORAH OF YAHWEH?
When we spread honey on our bread, cereal or pour it on our tea using it as a sweetener, do we realise that we are consuming the nectar of sweet flowers?
The bee, that small flying creature that can hurt us with a painful sting, is the one that gathers that floral juice or nectar and takes it to its hive. The worker bee has a small pouch for the honey which “is not too different from the crops of birds”. In it, the bee takes the nectar of the flowers to its hive.
Beloved, while the floral juice remains in this little pouch, it thickens and becomes that delicious thing that we call honey. The bee deposits the honey comb, ready to be eaten.
In the past it was thought that the chemistry of the bee did not interact with the honey while it was stored and transported in that little pouch. But later it has been proven that the bee secretes certain enzymes that alter the floral nectar as it takes it to the hive. But contrary to other animals (sheep, cows, goats, camels, cats, raccoons, etc.) that produce milk after digesting and processing their food, the bee never gets to digest the honey.
What does all this have to do with honey being kosher or not?
 In accordance to a certain part of the Torah,  some think that the bee is an insect that apparently does not fit in the proper definition given by Yahweh in His Word of what is kosher.
To be sure the rabbis discussed this question in the Talmud, and maybe they started the controversy!
The Rabbinic Mishnah declares:
“that which comes from something that is not kosher, IS NOT KOSHER and that which comes from something that is kosher is kosher.”
 
It sounds logical. So, using this logic, camel’s milk or the eggs of a vulture are as NOT-kosher same as as their meat. Based on this logic, they say that honey IS NOT KOSHER.
If the bee is not kosher then, why are there apparent cases in the Torah in which honey from the bee is permitted?
Let us examine the Torah, against what the rabbis say and what we think through our logic, to see who is right in all this:

 Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:20
20 “All flying insects that creep on all fours is an abomination to you. 
21 Only, these you do eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth .
22 These of them you do eat: the locust after its kind, and the destroying locust after its kind, and the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind.
 23 But all other flying insects which have four feet is an abomination to you.
 24 And by these you are made unclean, anyone touching the carcass of any of them is unclean until evening, ”

יהוה  says that these insects can be eaten:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:21
21 “these you do eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth.”
The bee truly does not have “jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth.” So, the bee is not kosher in this sense. However, we cannot stop here. In Scripture there are many more things that are written.
But to comply with everything that is written, we cannot rely on one part of one text. We have to examine ALL that is written. The first thing we have to consider is how many feet does the bee have and how does it walk with them? Because, beloved, the Torah says that “all other flying insects which have four feet is an abomination to you.
The bee has wings, but has six feet, and it DOESN’T WALK WITH FOUR of them, as the mosquito walks , it walks with all six!
Therefore, “ all other flying insects which have four feet is an abomination to you” does not apply to the bee, because it walks on six feet.
Now it looks like the bee is not included in the NO-kosher insect list. Now it seems that the little bee is KOSHER!
Are the bee and HONEY , it’s product, kosher or not?
How can we be sure that Yahweh does not condemn its consumption? Is there any evidence in the Torah?
Certainly, beloved, there is more evidence. To reach sound doctrine on any matter, we have to look for the Truth a little bit here and a little bit there, as Scripture itself teaches us.
That way we will know if it is true or false that in eretz Israel (the land of Israel) the only honey that is consumed comes from figs or dates…
Now we will see, again with the  Kodesh (Holy) Word of יהוה itself, if there is or was bee honey in eretz Israel

EVIDENCE #1 
Proverbs 24:1

1 My son, eat honey, for it is good, And the honeycomb, sweet to your taste;
 Here is the first evidence  and no less presented by the wisest man that ever existed, Solomon (King Shlomo). And he is not talking about ordinary fig honey,  but of bee honey, honey from the HONEY COMB!

EVIDENCE #2
Proverbs 27:7

7 One satisfied loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry one any bitter food is sweet…
EVIDENCE#3
Speaking of Yohanan the Immerser (John the Baptist)] Matthew writes:
Matthew 3:4 
4“And Yoḥanan had a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle around his waist. And his food was locusts and wild honey.”
John, the famous prophet who made a Nazarite vow (not to be confused with “Nazarene”), who announced and immersed Yahshua Ha Mashiach, ate the same honey that David, Solomon, Abraham and the other servants of Yahweh ate! Again, what does Yahweh say in the Torah regarding the existence or not of bees that produce honey in the promised- land? Does He reveal if it was forbidden or not? We just saw it! What is more important for you, brother or sister that Yahweh has called to His kodesh (holy) Truth: Yahweh’s own Kodesh (holy) Word , or the Mishnah, the Talmud,… or other mortal human beings?
Now,  some servants of the enemy ha Satan use the following verse to claim that HONEY FROM BEES CAN NOT BE EATEN, knowing that it is not so and hiding vital information that is given in that same passage:

EVIDENCE#4
 
1 Samuel 14:26 
26 And the people came into the woods and saw the honey, dripping (remember that it was the “land flowing with milk and honey”). But no one put his hand to his mouth,  for the people feared the oath.

But, again, they are making an assumption. They are “making doctrine” with a portion of the passage, my beloved, and that is a sin. We have to consider all the evidence and see the whole CONTEXT, to see what is being said there and not fall into a trap.
Now we shall examine the verses that appear BEFORE and after and we will see that the people did not eat honey, but it wasn’t because it was not kosher or because it was forbidden as a food!

1 Samuel 14:25
25“And all they of the land came into the woods, and there was honey on the ground.” 
 
EVIDENCE#5
 
1 Samuel 14:24
24 And the men of Yisra’ĕl were distressed that day, for Sha’ul had placed the people under oath, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until evening, and I have taken revenge on my enemies.” Therefore none of the people tasted food.

It is very clear there, my beloved. King Saul had made the people swear that they would fast that day. That was all! That is why they couldn’t eat the honey that they found!
Now let us look at evidence #6 , to see that certainly there is honey in the Torah and it can be eaten.

EVIDENCE#6
Honey is an energetic food. We all know the story of Yonathan, the son of king Saul and a dear friend of Dawid and how he brought the tired Jewish armies to victory in their war against the Palestinians (Philistines). He was tired and dismayed after the arduous battle, then he found a bee hive, took honey from it with the tip of his rod and ate and his eyes lit up”, because his energy was restored.
1 Samuel 14:27
27 “But Yonathan had not heard that his father had taken an oath of the people, and he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth. And his eyes lit up."
Yonathan was a Jew and he kept Torah, beloved. He knew which food was kosher and which was not!

Shophetim (Judges) 14:8-9 explains that Shimshon (Samson) also ate honey. Here is one instance and this is:

EVIDENCE#7
Shophtim (Judges) 14:8
 And when he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion, and saw a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.
Beloved, this is a case of simple common sense. You could understand this even if you didn’t have the Ruach HaKodesh (Set-Apart Spirit)Even a child of four can understand it, my dear ones.This wasn’t the so-called “fig honey” nor “date honey”! They don’t come in honey combs !
Shophtim (Judges)14:9
9 And he took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. And he came to his father and mother, and gave them, and they ate. But he did not make known to them that he took the honey out of the carcass of the lion.
The Torah never shows Yahweh condemning any of these servants for having eaten honey! And as I always say, I am doing my duty before our Abba (Father) Yahweh by warning you against lies and heresies, my friends, because I am a fearful servant of יהוה  who has to answer to Yahshua you the sheep if I don’t warn you and you get lost.
But my responsibility ends there. It ends with he who has ears to hear, let him hear”…
Timotiyos Bet (2 Timothy)2:15
 15 Do your utmost to present yourself approved to Elohim, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.
 
 Handle the Word correctly and do not let yourselves be deceived, so you are not condemned.
Well, as if we haven’t read enough, here is more evidence numbers EIGHT, NINE, TEN , ELEVEN, TWELVE, etc. that prove beyond any doubt that certainly, THERE IS BEE HONEY ( in the Torah) and that its consumption IS NOT CONDEMNED BY YAHWEH.
Tehillim (Psalms) 19:10
 10“More desirable than gold, Than much fine gold; And sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.”
Tehillim (Psalms) 119:103
103 How sweet to my taste has Your word been, More than honey to my mouth!
Mishlé (Proverbs) 16:24
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet to the being, and healing to the bones.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 25:16
16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be satisfied with it  and vomit.
Shir haShirim (Song of Songs) 4:11
11 Your lips, O my bride, drip as the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under your tongue. And the fragrance of your garments Is like the fragrance of Leḇanon.
Shir ha Shirim (Song of Songs) 5:1
1...I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey...

Don’t be deceived by anyone, my loved ones and of the Lamb Yahshua! The enemy is very cunning, do not trust man, because cursed is the man who trusts in man” (Yirmiyahu [Jeremiah] 17:5) and also “let Elohim be true and every man a liar” (Romiyim [Romans] 3:4).

Although honey is highly esteemed in the Torah, there is a strict prohibition against bringing an offering of honey to the altar of the Beit HaMikdash (House of Holiness or Temple). In this context honey is treated as leaven, which is also forbidden in the offerings, not because they are not kosher (both o them were) but because they weren’t suitable for the offerings.
Beloved, even incense (Ktoretz) could not have even a drop of honey due to that prohibition.The Torah doesn’t really explain why honey can’t be offered at the altar but we argue that honey, the same as leaven, causes fermentation and is a symbol of the rebellious and proud nature of man which gets worse as the centuries go by.
The prohibition of honey and leaven is to remind us that Yahweh detests arrogance and vanity, but loves humility and self- discipline. Consequently, all the baked bread that was brought to the altar had no honey nor leaven. The only exception were the wheat loaves that were offered as “Bikurim”(First Fruits) in the festival of Shavuot (Pentecost).  These loaves were leavened chametz. But they were not offered at the altar, but given to the kohanim or Priests.
Reffering  to the words of the Torah that the true Israelites of Yahweh (today under Yahshua) talk, study and obey, King Shlomo (Solomon) said :
Shir ha Shirim (Song of Songs) 4:11
11 milk and honey are under your tongue”
The sheluchi/apostle Yohanan (John) said the same thing about the Truth that יהוה revealed through the Messiah for the “last days”, in other words the prophesy of Revelation:
Hazon (Revelation) 10:10
10 And I took the little book out of the messenger’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. 
The Torah and the Mitzvot (Commandments) “are sweeter than honey and the honey comb” said King Dawid in Tehillim (Psalms) 19:10
Shalom ahavah to you all.
Yhemaelh Zeev
 
Translated from  Spanish by NAZARENES TO THE WORLD
(Published with permission from Moreh /Roeh Yhemaelh Zeev of La Kehilaj Internacional de Talmidin de Yahshua)
 
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