Leviticus 11:1-3,9,13,20,29,44-45 (ESV) And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat… “These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat… “And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable… “All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable to you… “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground… For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 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.”
More rules, more limitations and it seems like God clearly was setting the Israelites apart because wherever they went, they were always going to be culturally different from any other culture around them.
Do any of the rules apply to us and are we living far from the grace of God?
Eating meat became a reality only after the great flood when God authorized Noah and his own but there was a condition that man was not to eat the flesh of anything that was alive or whose blood was still flowing in it.
Animal sacrifices were also not uncommon but again, it was not any animal that was sacrificed but the ones God permitted man to sacrifice.
God had a clear direction of what was right and not and expected those who were His own to follow His explicit instructions.
This sounds all so familiar because our ancestors, Adam and Eve, were given very clear instructions about what they could eat and the fruit of the tree of good and evil certainly was not one of them.When we consider God’s instructions, we can either appreciate them or reject them. Ignoring rules is not uncommon to us as is clear in our daily lives whether it be on the road, in schools, workplaces, with our taxes, in relationships, etc.
We are quick to question authority but slow to submit to it and in this case, it is the authority of the one who gives us our very breath and the air to breathe!
God’s expectation of us is not simply to test us but to help us. God loves us dearly as a father loves a child and like a father, God directs us in every aspect of our lives to bless and protect us from harm.
Rather than looking at the few forbidden food items and making a stink, we can look at the many permitted items and be grateful that God had given us access to them.
If there was no law-maker and law enforcer, we would be living in a far worse condition than we are today and there would be little hope left in this world.
I pray today that as you and I are instructed by God in every area of our lives, we will receive God’s instructions and not rebel against them knowing that the one who instructs us is the one who conceptualized us even before time began and loves us dearly enough that He sacrificed His only son for our salvation!
In His Loving Service,
1 Samuel 12:14 (ESV) If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well.
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