August 25, 2015

Today you should read: Leviticus 11

Whenever someone wants to argue and debate about the Bible with a Christian, they tend to bring up the following Scripture that we read in Leviticus 11. In this specific chapter, God lays out a bunch of do’s and don’ts regarding animals. What animals you can touch or eat and what animals you cannot touch or eat. For example…

Do’s:
• cattle
• deer,
• goats
• sheep
• bluegill
• grouper
• cod
• chickens
• doves
• ducks;
• grasshoppers
• locusts

Don’t’s:
• pigs
• dogs
• cats
• horses
• donkeys
• rats
• shellfish
• lobster
• oysters
• catfish
• owls
• hawks
• vultures
• reptiles and amphibians

Yes this does mean that the Israelites were allowed to eat chocolate covered grasshoppers but one of my personal favorites, bacon, was on the naughty list. Although proven that the Leviticus 11 diet could be beneficial to one’s health, it’s not the reason why God told His people to touch and each certain animals over others. His reasons are found in Leviticus 11:44-45 which reads:

44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy…. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

God reminded His people that they are set apart and to be looked upon as different then the rest of the world. This dietary law associated with their consecration like Christians of today have certain commands in the new covenant that sets us apart still today. By God’s grace, Jesus has fulfilled the law and even abolished certain laws like this one at the time (Colossians 2:16) freeing me up to eat all the bacon that I want (moderation erik, moderation) but He still expects our lives to be different and holy for His use. Our different lives point to the Gospel as others wonder why we’re so different then a world that leaves us empty and unsatisfied.

Posted by: Erik Koliser

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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