Although it may come as a shock and surprise to most Christians, Yeshua did not declare all foods clean.
Some may point to various translations of Mark 7:19 and claim that He did; however, before coming to any conclusion, we should consider these facts:
- Yeshua explicitly tells us that we should not think that He abolished or removed "the smallest letter or stroke" of the Law (Matthew 5:17-19). If He "declared all foods clean" then He would have nullified the instruction of two entire chapters of the Law (Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14).
- Peter never thought that Yeshua declared all foods clean. He was rejecting unclean food even after Messiah's death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 10:10-18).
- His opponents never thought that Yeshua declared all foods clean. If they had then they would have had ample reason to kill Him according to Deuteronomy 13:4-5. They would not have had to make up false charges against Him.
Scripture tells us that the laws G-d gave regarding food were not for health reasons but for the purpose of holiness (Leviticus 11:44-47).
For a detailed examination of this issue, see our article on What Scripture Says About Food.