In doing some reading around the forum I saw some things that I too struggle with and have had to learn over time. Clean and unclean is a tough concept coming from the church teachings. One thing I realized about some of the clean and unclean issues spoken of in Torah was when a person or a man in particular was unclean he could not participate in temple activities. And a woman could not for example partake of the meats that were given to the priests household that had been presented at the temple, if she was "unclean". So those parts of unclean and clean do not apply to us as the temple is no longer standing and we are not doing sacrifices there. As far as unclean and clean food and touching a dead carcass of an unclean animal, we in our home do observe and keep those laws. But that is also a practical life lesson too. Not too many people touch dead mice or dead snakes with bare hands do they? Death seems to be a close factor to clean and unclean. We are not to eat animals that eat dead animals. We are instructed to eat animals that are vegetarians, except for some fish and those are ones that eat living things, whether they be clean or unclean, no scavengers eating off the bottom. So what is written on our hearts? is it the desire to please our Heavenly Father and do His Will, keep His Words as laws, judgments and statutes as written? or do we think that suddenly we just "know" what to do without ever reading His Words? Having his laws written on our hearts means that with all the we have in us, we desire to obey Him and His commands. Yahusha said " I am my Father are one.(John 10:30) If you have seen me you have seen the Father.( John 14:7)" He and Father Yahuah have the sames commands. His commands and Fathers commands are one. The same. No changes. Not one jot or tittle. ( Matthew 5:18)
The church teaches for the most part that Jesus rebelled against the temple and the teachers of Torah because the Pharasees kept looking for some fault in him. No where does it say in Torah that one cannot heal another person on the Sabbath in Torah.( Matthew 12:10) Or that you cannot pick some fruit or grain to eat on the Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:1) Or that you must perform a ritual cleansing prior to eating a meal. (Matthew 15:2) But where are these things written? In the Babylonian Talmud. The so called wisdom of the rabbis which really are "adding to" the Torah and which was warned against as being just as bad as taking away from the Torah. (Deuteronomy 12:32). Yahusha kept Torah perfectly. He is our perfect example of how to live according to Torah and loving Him and Yahuah means we have their law written on our hearts, but we still need to read and know what they are in order to do that. Here is a little example of this "idiom" of having something written on our hearts. Do you know your Aleph Bet by heart? I do, I learned it as a child by reading it over and over again.
I am still learning about the law. When I read something and realize I need to comply with something, I try really hard to do so. One thing that has been hard for me is : Num 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Num 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Yahuah, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
Num 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Num 15:41 I am the Yahuah your Elohym, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your Elohym: I am the Yahuah your Elohym. ( Again sorry for the KJV use until I get my Cepher.) but for me this does not say men it says children of Israel. that would be me. Then it says put this "fringe" not a specifically tied by some rabbi in so many knots thing. but this fringe* with one blue thread.
Feminine of H6731; a floral or wing like projection, that is, a fore lock of hair, a tassel: - fringe, lock.
From H6617; twine: - bound, bracelet, lace, line, ribband, thread, wire.
So I made some tassels and I dyed one of the threads blue. It does remind me that I am not like the world. I look different than the world looks. In a crowd of people, I am not like the rest. Thing is, I keep forgetting to put it on.. I need to have one in every place so that when I remember it I can put it on. I need to have it in my heart not to leave my room without it.
Another question for me now is can I just let anyone who wants to come to a Passover meal do so? There are laws about clean and unclean and it says the non believer cannot sit at the Passover table. Would that mean that the person who is not keeping Torah is not allowed to eat at the Passover table? Or???
Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.