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Leviticus 11-12:8 (Mark 5:21-43)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. … And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. …. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:1-31 KJV)

O.K. So what happened that now there are clean and unclean animals? (Rhetorical question). As we search for why the laws, the setting apart of clean and unclean, holy and secular/profane some of the explanations do not satisfy me. I’m not saying they are wrong, I’m just saying I’m still “thirsty” for understanding. I want to know the why and wherefores. If everything was created “good” and “very good” what has sin done to corrupt God’s creation? Or has each created things purpose just been thrown out of wack because of sin? (Again Rhetorical) Man sinned, not the plants, not the animals, not the bugs, what did our sin set into motion that we now read about this separation and division? (Rhetorical).

I stated this previously but it bears repeating, everything we read about in the Old Testament points to the New, everything that God inspired man to write in the Old points to Jesus Christ. Life is all about choices and God gave the church in the wilderness something to choose, life or death, blessing or curses, holiness or the profane. It is all about choice. He commands Israel, to “be perfect because I am perfect.” Israel was given 600 plus laws, and the deal was, You break one you break them all. The only way you could do this was definitely not in your own strength because no one could keep the law. That is why the altar in the Tabernacle has to be busy from sun up to sun down. This could only be done by faith under the Old Covenant (Habakkuk2:4), as well as under the New (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38). So to be Perfect like God, back then and now, one must walk with God and your perfection comes by way of identification with God/Christ.

One of the things I think that point toward Christ are the consumption of the animals that have split hooves and chew the cud. (Yes, I know I am probably going off on the deep end but here goes). Split hooves, at least to me, points to separation, choosing one thing over the other, not melding the sacred with the profane. They are close enough to be seen but with enough distance to be separated. Along with the split hooves, there must be constant chewing, digesting what was eaten and bringing it back up again to be chewed on some more, this speaks to me of “meditating” on God’s Word. The nutrients in the “grass” are not exhausted in the first swallow, but must be “chewed” over and over again. I believe it is akin to mediating on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, and we know that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1)

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. (Joshua 1:8 AMP)

Also we can take note that Jesus “appears” to have broken or subverted Levitical Laws in today’s New Testament readings. He has been touched by a woman with an issue of blood, thus by the Law is unclean (We will read this in the days to come), he has not only been in the same room with the dead but touched the body making Him unclean. Could the statement He made to the “mourners,” “…She is sleeping” been said to not “offend” the people who knew she was dead? (Yes, again Rhetorical) Whatever the reason, death, sickness could not stay when Jesus showed up.

And another thing: In this passage there are a lot of twelve’s. Jesus is walking with his twelve disciples and is stopped by a man with a sick daughter who is twelve years old. He is then touched with an intentional touch by a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years. Is twelve the number for “God’s Purpose? (There are 12 sons of Jacob; 12 tribes of Israel, Hmmm). I am reading a secular book written by the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, Realm of Numbers. It is non-fiction and it gives the history of our number system and mathematics in general. On page 45 he discusses that there was a challenger to our base 10 numbering system, it was the number 12.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I thought that the dietary laws were very interesting.

From today's OT reading this verse is convicting.
You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.(Lev 11:45)
But how do I apply dietary rules when Lev's rules are no longer binding?
Romans 14:20-21 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.

Additional to Paul's claim, I view this OT passage, like the forbidden fruit for Adam and Eve, as SELF-DENIAL. 'Be separate', 'be in the world but not of the world' comes to mind when food shopping. Within the aisles of the store I view, mostly (not all), products that would best be NOT consumed. The perimeter of each food store sells the God made foods. They are the foods that are the best for us, today.

I have shared this position with my adult children and we purpose to avoid Satan's products, filling but not satisfying; and purchase God's treats: All Satisfying. Wondering how other Christians view this? Ramona's emphasis of chewing on the Word is a wonderful application!:)
Praying for holiness, indeed!

Hey, Elizabeth & Alli, Just wanted to check in with you and see how you're doing with Leviticus? So far, I'm learning tons and loving the Book much more than previous readings. I've had a chance to read some of the referenced commentaries ... and find myself digging all over the Bible as never before. Praying that you are finding similar joy.

Ramona, some time back you mentioned a health issue. How are you doing? You are in my prayers.

I strongly recommend reading this article from the January issue of Christianity Today: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/january/17.48.html
Lewis Wall describes this woman's condition and why she was so desperate to be healed.

Hi Chris...thanks for checking in :)...I'm still plugging along...I am finding it interesting and really trying not to skim over but to "chew" on it...I hope that you are enjoying the readings as well...

Alli

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