Leviticus 11-12

Leviticus 11:4

4 Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you;

As we get into all of the regulations, bear in mind that they serve two purposes. One is to care for the physical health and welfare for the Israelites. A lot of the requirements were for sanitary reasons. The other purpose was to reveal the impossibility of satisfying a perfect God without a mediator.

Jesus is that Mediator. Galatians 3:19 tells us, “What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.”

Leviticus 11:13
13 “And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard,

I would have been just fine with some of these dietary restrictions. Roasted vulture or buzzard just doesn’t sound all that appetizing. On the other hand, “every flying insect that creeps on all fours”…maybe not!

Leviticus 11:44
44 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

We are called to be holy, which is against our nature. Only Jesus in us, can make us holy. Once He does, we must stay so focused on Him in every area of our lives, that we remain in an attitude of holiness.

Leviticus 12:8
8 ‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons—one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean. ’”

The Lord clearly has a tender heart for the poor. No one is excluded from God’s love. He makes provision that all may come to Him. Romans 2:11 tells us, “For there is no partiality with God.”


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