All You Can Eat Buffet!

97 Oh how I love your Torah! It is my meditation all the day. 

103 How sweet are Your Words to my palate! More than honey to my mouth!

Psalms 119:97, 103 (HRB)

In this and all Food for Thoughts I recommend you read the Scripture(s) provided and the entire chapter they are from to obtain more insight.

Buffet and the Word of YAHWEH

When you think of a buffet, you might envision various culinary delights such as steak, ribs, seafood, chicken, brussels sprouts, liver, chickpeas, and endless desserts. Wait! WHAT? Brussels sprouts, liver, and chickpeas? Yes, there may also be options that may not appeal to you. Nonetheless, the beauty of a buffet lies in the freedom of partiality to pick and choose what you desire. Plus, if you try something new that doesn’t suit your taste, you can simply move on to other options. Isn’t that great?

Unfortunately, many believers and non-believers tend to treat the Word of YAHWEH like a buffet. Selectively picking or choosing what they wish to believe, eating what they want or what their doctrine (diet) allows while keeping the rest of the Bible pushed off to the side or off the plate altogether. However, it must be emphasized that the Bible is not a collection of optional items to choose from based on personal preferences. Neither is it a smorgasbord of our likes and dislikes. It is a comprehensive guidebook for living a righteous life in accordance with the Father’s will. We should not ignore or overlook parts of the Bible, like vegetables we don’t want to eat, nor should we refuse to read the Bible like we reject certain foods. Yahshua and His Brother James demonstrated understanding, knowledge, and wisdom in this matter, which we shall examine in depth.

Definition of Partiality:

  1. Inclined to favor one party more than the other.
  2. Markedly fond of or to someone or something. 

Definition of Cherry-pick:

  1. To select the best or most desirable.
  2. Choose and take only (the most beneficial or profitable items, opportunities, etc.) from what is available.

Yahshua and the Word of YAHWEH

Before starting His ministry on earth, Yahshua was tempted by the Devil, as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11Mark 1:13Luke 4:1–13. Yahshua was fasting for 40 days and feeling tired and hungry. The Devil came along and tempted Yahshua three times. Yahshua fought all three temptations with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of YAHWEH (Ephesians 6:17Hebrews 4:12). Interestingly, Yahshua first quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to Satan in the first temptation “Man shall not live by bread alone, but man shall live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of YAHWEH.” These events teach us two important lessons: how to resist temptation using YAHWEH’s Word and, more importantly, the significance of the Word of YAHWEH.

In using Bible Scripture, Yahshua confirms that the written Scripture in the Bible is, in fact, the Word of YAHWEH. Paul also confirmed in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scriptures in the Bible are from YAHWEH or YAHWEH Breathed. It is important to note that when Paul was writing his letters to Timothy and the rest of his epistles, the only thing considered Scripture was the Torah (Old Testament) and the writing of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as Paul does quote Luke 10:7 in 1 Timothy 5:18. However, the Apostel Peter does later accept the writings of Paul as Scripture as indicated in 2 Peter 3:15-16. Nevertheless, the conclusion remains, we can not and must not be Cherry-pickers of the Word of YAHWEH, but accept every word wholeheartedly and live by them, Old and New Testament. 

James and the Word of YAHWEH

My brothers, do not with partiality uphold the glorious faith of our Master Yahshua Messiah. 

James 2:1 

In this and all Food for Thoughts I recommend you read the Scripture(s) provided and the entire chapter they are from to obtain more insight.

James, the brother of Yahshua, explains in James 2:1-13 that believers are not to exhibit partiality when dealing with people or Scripture. Specifically, verses 2-9 warn us against the danger of using partiality to include or exclude individuals based on their wealth, social status, ethnicity, nationality, or culture. Instead, we are called as believers to walk in love and recognize that YAHWEH sent His Son to die for ALL, offering salvation to everyone, regardless of their status in life. We don’t have the authority to select who receives salvation or determine if a person is worthy of salvation. (See To Sin or Not to Sin, that is the question! PT.12345, and 6 as well as True Repentance).

Jonah, a prophet of YAHWEH, initially struggled with partiality and the idea of preaching to the people of Nineveh, whom he deemed unworthy of YAHWEH’s grace. However, after spending time in the belly of a fish and suffering a heat stroke, Jonah came to understand that YAHWEH’s salvation is available to ALL who turn towards Him, regardless of their past actions or beliefs. Read the entire book of Jonah for the details. Throughout the Bible, YAHWEH provides examples of Himself not being a respecter of person Romans 2:11-16 *11Acts 10:25-37 *34Proverbs 28:21. As believers, we should follow these examples and avoid showing partiality, being racist, or prejudiced, as this is considered a sin according to verse 9. 

Though showing partiality toward people was not the point of this Food for Thought, it was necessary to mention it so that we could stay in the context of James 2:1-13. In Verses 10-13, James highlights another partiality that people have, selective obedience or cherry-picking what commands of YAHWEH should be obeyed and which can be disregarded. This behavior is reckless and must be avoided at all costs to keep from a distorted understanding and the Lake of Fire.

You can’t say, “I like YAHWEH’s commands against stealing and murdering, so I’ll keep those. However, I don’t like or agree with His command against adultery or needing to keep the 7th-day sabbath, so I will ignore those”. This sort of cherry-picking was prevalent then and has exploded in our modern-day culture. We must live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of YAHWEH, for He values His whole law and His words, and we should as well.


We all need a fully balanced meal. Eating kale, brussels sprouts, and some mushrooms may be challenging, but they are good for our bodies and longevity. Just the same is the word of YAHWEH. We don’t get to pick and choose what fits into our lives from the Bible. We are here to follow the will of YAHWEH as it’s laid out in His Word, not edit out the parts that don’t fit into our little worlds or the things we deem too difficult. Yahshua told us in Matthew 16:24 that we would be required to deny ourselves in order to follow him.

Note: You must put the Word of YAHWEH before your doctrine. #bibleoverdoctrine 

By David Edwards


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