Daily Archives: January 31, 2018

Daily Bible Study

 

Bible Reading: Leviticus 11-13

 

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.”  Leviticus 11:1-2

All of the sudden we move our focus from the Priests to the people, from what they are supposed to give to what they are supposed to eat. It’s all part of God’s plan for a separated people. While the wicked and the worldly can do and eat anything they want, God’s people are to be different and dedicated to the will of God. Even today God’s people should obey God’s plan of being different. God’s redeemed people are not to follow the foods nor the fads of the lost world. Why can’t we see this? Why can’t we get this? Why do we even want to be like them? While God DOESN’T HAVE TO HAVE A REASON for the separation standards He requires, I feel confident they are for our good even more than for His glory. Both are accomplished when we submit to them!!

There is another message here. God obviously wants His children to discern between what is good and what is evil. We are living in a day when those lines have been so blurred that our children are doing just what Isaiah prophesied:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  (Isaiah 5:20-21)

Sadly Christian parents are not teaching their children clear distinctions, instead they are giving in to the world’s pull as well! And so God gives the standard, while He gives some specifics He establishes the criteria for deciding.  “Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.”   (Leviticus 11:3) Now watch this, there is no place for compromise. “Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.  And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.  And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.”  (Leviticus 11:4-7) Just because it meets half the criteria, or even most of the criteria doesn’t make it acceptable, it must meet all of the criteria!

Chapter 12 gives rules for keeping clean after childbirth. Again rules for our good as well as God’s glory. And may I say one would do well to follow these rules today for their own good health and safety. Safe and grateful are the two words that come to mind as I read this chapter.

Chapter 13 explains the rules for diagnosis of and deliverance from Leprosy. Such a loathsome disease that eats the flesh and renders the victim helpless to do anything about it. Leprosy was highly contagious and separation was not only necessary for the victim lest he develop complications from contact with other diseases, but it was also necessary for any who would be around this person lest the disease be passed on to them. Again the emphasis on our own health as well as our holiness from obedience to God.

May God grant us the grace to OBEY for our own good and for HIS glory!!!

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