These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of RAVEN. (Leviticus 11:13-15)
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the RAVENS to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord , for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The RAVENS brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:2-10)
Let’s say you trusted in your spiritual leaders and then one day you find out that they were not the shepherds you thought they were. Instead they were living a secret life of sin behind your back. Don’t fret. Examine what you have been taught by them. Even though the vessels that delivered it may be unclean, the spiritual food they gave you may be clean.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (Matthew 23:1-3)
Afterwards be careful and use discernment when dealing with these RAVENS that have fed you spiritually up to this time in your life. As we will see in the Scriptures below, it is time to move on once they have been exposed. It is time to follow the Lord’s leading and be fed elsewhere, just like Elijah had to do. Always keep in mind that we are not perfect in-and-of ourselves, but at the same time Jesus made it clear by His ‘Sermon On The Mount’ that He was raising the bar of how people should live their lives. Not only the act of adultery was sin, but even lusting was sin. Not only murder was sin, but unrighteous anger was sin.
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. (Ephesians 5:10-14)
This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.” So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. (1 Timothy 3:1,2,7)
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:22-23)