The Pig Who Died For Your Sins

Guest post by Travis W. Hughey ©2014

This subject will be offensive to many but please bear with me and hopefully you can understand what’s being said.

In John the 1st chapter we read the account of John the Baptizer (or so he’s popularly called) saying:

Jesus-is-the-lamb-of-God-slain-before-the-creation-of-the-world-300x187The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.   (John 1:29)

Anyone having sat in sunday school knows exactly what John is referring to. He’s speaking of the metaphor of the Pesach/Passover Lamb and it’s role in the redemption of the children of Israel from Egypt and Yahshua/Jesus being the one who’s blood will protect us from the wrath of Yehovah. It was the blood of this “Lamb” painted on the doorposts of the Israelite’s houses that protected them from Yehovah killing the firstborns of Egypt. They were instructed to secure a male lamb or kid goat four days prior to killing it the day just prior to the plague that killed every firstborn of Egypt at midnight. During this night they were given specific instructions on how to prepare it, how to eat it, and what to do with any leftovers. The instructions of Yehovah were very specific as were the instructions to do this throughout their generations as a never ending ordinance (observance).  You can read about it for yourself in Exodus the 12th chapter.

Most would agree that eating lamb on Passover is the “Jewish” thing to do. I know many have been taught that Easter is basically the “New Testament” version of Pesach/Passover and as such complete with it’s own symbols and traditions separate of the “Old Testament” Pesach/Passover observed by the “Jews.”  Symbols have meaning and if eating Lamb is the symbol of Yeshua’s sacrifice on our behalf then how does eating ham on Easter play into all this?  Without going into all the history surrounding the traditions commonly observed (you can do a study on your own if you are really seeking the truth) why would it seem even remotely acceptable to God (who provided His Lamb) to celebrate the death and resurrection of a Jew named Yahshua by eating swine’s flesh? It would be like the verse in John saying:

pig-roast-2010The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Swine of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  (John 1:29)

I know the thought of this repulses (even writing this is making me feel physically ill) even the staunchest of Easter egg hunting, Sunrise Service going folk out there believing they are honoring the gift of salvation that came at such a high price. If this imagery is offensive to you, please understand how offensive it is to the Father who gave His Lamb for us. It was foretold in Isaiah 65th and 66th chapters that there would someday be those who build houses for God, make up their own way of worshiping him outside of His instructions. It says they will build their places of worship among graves, eat swine and other abominable things and proclaim themselves holy in the process. Unfortunately it doesn’t work out well for them (66:15-17). Once they are destroyed however, it does say the remnant that are left will worship Yehovah according to His ways and He will choose for Himself a priesthood from them.  In case you may not know, that’s a good thing.  No, a very good thing!!

The question is did a Lamb die for your sins or a pig?

Something to think about while eating in memory of the one who was ordained to be slain for your sin from the foundations of the world.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  Who by him do believe in God,  that raised him up from the dead,  and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  (1Peter 1:18 -21)

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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6 Responses to The Pig Who Died For Your Sins

  1. hisloammi says:

    Oh I luv this!


  2. vatis4yah says:

    Revelation 18 Come out of Her My children !
    Or you will partake of Her sins, and receive of Her plagues !
    Through which gate will YOU enter the Holy City ? 21:12


  3. Chris says:

    Check out this article from sacred texts- you can go to the link and read the entire article. I got this from Rico’s website. Very interesting.

    Chapter 49. Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals.

    Section 4. Osiris, the Pig and the Bull.

    The view that in Egypt the pig was sacred is borne out by the very facts which, to moderns, might seem to prove the contrary. Thus the Egyptians thought, as we have seen, that to drink pig’s milk produced leprosy. But exactly analogous views are held by savages about the animals and plants which they deem most sacred. Thus in the island of Wetar (between New Guinea and Celebes) people believe themselves to be variously descended from wild pigs, serpents, crocodiles, turtles, dogs, and eels; a man may not eat an animal of the kind from which he is descended; if he does so, he will become a leper, and go mad. Amongst the Omaha Indians of North America men whose totem is the elk, believe that if they ate the flesh of the male elk they would break out in boils and white spots in different parts of their bodies. In the same tribe men whose totem is the red maize, think that if they ate red maize they would have running sores all round their mouths. The Bush negroes of Surinam, who practise totemism, believe that if they ate the capiaï (an animal like a pig) it would give them leprosy; perhaps the capiaï is one of their totems. The Syrians, in antiquity, who esteemed fish sacred, thought that if they ate fish their bodies would break out in ulcers, and their feet and stomach would swell up. The Chasas of Orissa believe that if they were to injure their totemic animal they would be attacked by leprosy and their line would die out. These examples prove that the eating of a sacred animal is often believed to produce leprosy or other skin-diseases; so far, therefore, they support the view that the pig must have been sacred in Egypt, since the effect of drinking its milk was believed to be leprosy.


    • Chris says:

      Here is the first part of the article: IN ANCIENT Egypt, within historical times, the pig occupied the same dubious position as in Syria and Palestine, though at first sight its uncleanness is more prominent than its sanctity. The Egyptians are generally said by Greek writers to have abhorred the pig as a foul and loathsome animal. If a man so much as touched a pig in passing, he stepped into the river with all his clothes on, to wash off the taint. To drink pig’s milk was believed to cause leprosy to the drinker. Swineherds, though natives of Egypt, were forbidden to enter any temple, and they were the only men who were thus excluded. No one would give his daughter in marriage to a swineherd, or marry a swineherd’s daughter; the swineherds married among themselves. Yet once a year the Egyptians sacrificed pigs to the moon and to Osiris, and not only sacrificed them, but ate of their flesh, though on any other day of the year they would neither sacrifice them nor taste of their flesh. Those who were too poor to offer a pig on this day baked cakes of dough, and offered them instead. This can hardly be explained except by the supposition that the pig was a sacred animal which was eaten sacramentally by his worshippers once a year.


      • Pete Rambo says:


        If I recall, part of the traditional eating of pig in Babylonian paganism was directly connected to Tammuz and the killing of the boar or the boar he was killed by (forget which) and its resultant connection to 40 days of fasting (Lent) preceeding the Spring fertility rites of Semiramis/Ishtar…

        Easy enough for anyone interested in researching the truth to figure out that there is NOTHING of the pig that should be embraced by anyone who thinks him/herself to ‘walk as Messiah walked.’



  4. Lenore madden says:

    It is my thinking that people do what they do as tradition . Professing Christians who eat pig are doing what they have always done generation after generation. Simply put they love the taste and in no way will or would they give it up. So when Christ was introduced to them they incorporated their own traditions into Christianity – yes they made it work for themselves . They wasn’t about to give up pork. Most Christian’s you talk to know nothing about a Passover . They don’t even know what Easter is and where it came from!! They know there was the crusifiction .. a resurrection! Actually they combine Easter and the resurrection celebrating the 2 as one . Happy Easter with Easter egg hunts for the children out side – celebrated with a ham diner- inside the church- and a reinactment of the crusifiction and resurrection. Ask people coming out of church on Sunday morning how their celebrating and 9 times out of 10 they’ll say ” baking a big ham with all the fixings . Fact – the pig does not represent anything to them. The pig is a desire for the taste of pork. Forget compassion and empathy their eating pork. Life for them is simple work hard eat pork everyday as the sun rises for a new day … savor the smell of bacon and a cup of coffee these people are simple put a product of traditions


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