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Leviticus 11 – Food!

What makes something clean or unclean?  What gives one thing value over another?  Is it its color, its shape, its size?  How about its purpose, the way it’s used, or how strong it is?  What gives you and i value?

We live our lives day after day giving value to one thing over another.  We set priorities in our lives.  Yes, i will take that call.  No, i don’t have time for that meeting.  Will i rise early and do my devotions, or will i shut off the alarm and get some much needed extra sleep.  In everything we do we are giving things, people, and situations value and purpose in our lives.

In this chapter, YHWH is doing the same thing.  God is saying, these kinds of animals have value when it comes to what you eat.  These others are not worth keeping around.  If you eat these animals it’s alright, if you even touch the carcasses of these you will be unclean.  You should definitely not touch them to eat them.  They are forbidden.

It’s interesting to me seeing what makes the clean different from the unclean.  The clean animals are all herbivores.  None of them purposefully eat another living creature.  Thus the carrion birds are forbidden.  Those who eat unclean things are forbidden.  Thus pigs are rejected.  Insects that have jointed legs with which to jump are clean.  So grasshoppers and locusts are clean, but spiders and ants are not.

One of the things that really interests me is understanding the very nature of these kinds of animals for food.  For instance, sheep, the most common animal used for meat for the Israelites, are the healthiest meat there is other than buffalo.  Meanwhile, fish with scales and fins are very healthy for you with oils that are very good for you.  What YHWH has called the “clean” animals have time and again proven to be the best meats nutritionally and health wise.

It’s almost like God’s rules about food and meats actually work to help keep you healthy!  Imagine that!  I wonder how many other of His rules and regulations benefit man in the same kinds of ways?

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Genesis 12 – Cost/Benefit

Well, this is where everything changes.  Abram takes his first steps into a broader world.  This promise that God makes with Abram is an amazing promise.  It requires that Abram simply go.  Go, leave your family, and your country, and your relatives.  Just go where God tells him.  Then because of that simple obedience God will bless him.  It is a huge blessing for not such as huge cost.  It all seems so unreal.

I’ve read this through many times before, but i’ve never really noticed the cost to benefit ratio before.  It’s simply, “Go.  Step out into the unknown.  I will tell you where to go, and I will bless you, and I will make you a great nation.  Just go.”  Now, to some extent, it’s just not that easy.  By going, Abram was making a huge faux pas.  In that time and day, family was everything.  You didn’t leave the nest, you made it bigger.  That’s how cities, nations, and civilizations were born.  There was security in being part of the group.  There was value in the group.  Leaving the larger family as a whole would have been considered foolhardy and dangerous in the least.  Yet, that’s what God asked of Abram.  More than that, that’s what God expected of him.  “Go, and I will bless you.”

We all know how this ends… or rather how this continues.  We all know that this is the first step and the the rest of the Bible is the fulfillment of that promise, but Abram didn’t.   How much more does God ask of us?  His Word (the Bible) is filled with the promises that He makes to us.  The benefit to cost ratio is astronomical!  He simply calls for us to give up our old and crummy life.  To remove the torn and ruined clothes of sin and our selfish desires, and to take on His new, festive clothing of His righteousness.  It’s really a very simple thing.  It’s not so simple to live out, but we aren’t doing it by ourselves.  The benefits we receive when we take the “risk” are astronomical in comparison to the cost.

And the nice things is, all we have to do is “Jump!”

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