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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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Exodus 8 – Recognition

Well now, things just keep getting worse and worse for Pharaoh.  We have gone from blood to frogs and gnats and insects.  God is showing Pharaoh that not only is He the one true God and that he can create life and take it away, but he can also have creatures distinguish between Egyptian and Israelite lands.  Pharaoh’s magicians have gotten to the point where even they acknowledge that these things can only be done by God, and that’s saying something!

Pharaoh’s heart is beginning to change.  He’s trying to compromise with God.  Unfortunately what he’s finding is that God does not accept compromise.  It’s a tough lesson for Pharaoh to learn, and he’s not learning it very well.  Then again, do we?  So Pharaoh’s trying to save face in the face of watching his land be devastated.  He is beginning to understand that this is not such as small matter.  So while he is starting to soften in his view, he has made the choice to harden his heart and ignore the truth.

That is such a tough thing to do.  I’ve been there.  I’ve done that.  It’s a tough thing to do for a short time, but when you are trying to wrestle against YHWH for an extended period of time, that will wear you down really quickly.  The older i have gotten, the lazier i have gotten, and i have come to the conclusion that that is just too much work.  It is so much easier to just say, “OK God.  You win.  What do you want me to do?”

The nice  thing about letting God win is that it is worth it.  Life is so much easier, more joyful, and more fulfilling when i step out of the way and just let God.  It means going from slave to servant, but the difference between the two is amazing.

Rev. John Camiolo

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