Leviticus teaches about the holiness of God and what’s necessary to draw near to Him. After Aaron’s sons die for approaching YHVH contrary to His commands, (Leviticus 10) YHVH immediately addresses the people in Leviticus 11 with the topic of clean and unclean animals for the purpose of eating. Why would He put that topic in the middle of the instructions for approaching His presence? Could it be there is a direct correlation between the foods we eat and being ritually clean? Read More »
Leviticus teaches about the holiness of God and what’s necessary to draw near to Him. After Aaron’s sons die due to approaching YHVH outside His commands, we come to a section that discusses clean and unclean animals for the purpose of eating. Why would He put that topic in the middle of the instructions for approaching His presence? Could it be there is a direct correlation between the foods we eat and being ritually clean? Apparently so because it’s the first in a list of conditions YHVH describes for making a person ritually clean for drawing near to Him. I was very surprised by the detail that went into His list for what could be eaten and what couldn’t. These conditions were put in place so a person could enter the tabernacle of YHVH, His very presence to bring their sacrifices and offerings in order to draw near to Him.
Again, I wondered how it applied to today, after all, there is no longer a temple in Jerusalem, and if there was, I don’t get to visit it due to distance. However, I remembered a passage that taught my body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6 mentions food and sexual immorality in the same chapter. Verses 19-20 says -
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
I think there is something to be said about what followers of Yeshua eat and don’t eat, but don’t take my word for it. I know many are agreeing with my title right now but I hope to challenge you once again to study it for yourself.
Leviticus 11:1-2 (English Standard Version) 1And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 2“Speak to the people of Israel, saying,(A) These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.
Ephesians 5 (English Standard Version) 1(A) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And(B) walk in love,(C) as Christ loved us and(D) gave himself up for us, a(E) fragrant(F) offering and sacrifice to God. 3But(G) sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness(H) must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be(I) no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,(J) which are out of place, but instead(K) let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that(L) everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ((M) that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6(N) Let no one(O) deceive you with empty words, for because of these things(P) the wrath of God comes upon(Q) the sons of disobedience.7Therefore(R) do not become partners with them; 8for(S) at one time you were(T)darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.(U) Walk as children of light 9(for(V) the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and(W) try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11(X) Take no part in the(Y) unfruitful(Z) works of darkness, but instead(AA) expose them
Romans 12:2 (English Standard Version) 2(A) Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by(B) the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may(C) discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b
Discernment: The quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.
I. Why does God care about what His people eat?
a. To teach them to discern between clean and unclean.
b. To teach them to discern between holy and unholy.
c. To teach them to discern between that which is righteous and unrighteous.
II. What did food have to do with being holy?
a. Their diet separated them from the nations.
b. Their diet identified them as children of Abraham.
c. Their diet allowed them to practice in the physical what was expected of them in the spiritual.
III. How can we learn discernment from this week’s reading?
a. Discernment is the call of all who are His children.
b. One develops spiritual discernment through practice.
c. Discernment will help us bear fruit of righteousness.