TUE. OCT 25 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | LEVITICUS 11 – ROBERT HERNANDEZ HOST

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Leviticus 11

Clean and Unclean Food

11 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.

“‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

“‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. 11 And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.

13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[a] the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you. 21 There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.

24 “‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

26 “‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. 27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.

29 “‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you:the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31 Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. 32 When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. 33 If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. 34 Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean.35 Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. 36 A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean.37 If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean.38 But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you.

39 “‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. 40 Anyone who eats some of its carcassmust wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

41 “‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten. 42 You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean. 43 Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. 44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

46 “‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.’”

 

Devotional

Leviticus 11

There were a lot of requirements the Israelites had. We take a look at what they could eat and not eat. These dietary laws helped protect their health. Many problems and diseases were prevented by obeying these laws. Thankfully we can just go to the store and buy what we need and it’s prepared for us. They didn’t have this luxury then so they were hunting and fishing daily for their own food and preparing it. God protected them by setting down rules and teaching them obedience. These requirements do not pertain to us now because we have Jesus (and grocery stores 😁) .

Obedience by following the rules for life and sacrifices before coming into God‘s presence. When we come into God‘s presence it changes our circumstances and outlook. When we are in God‘s presence we have everything we need. He restores us, leads us and directs us. It doesn’t matter how dark the situation is He will always be with us and His light will guide us and keep us protected when we trust Him.

When we are in God‘s presence:
1) He guides our prayers.
2) He fills us with joy.
3) He leads us to repentance.
4) He makes even mundane tasks seem special.
5) He helps us focus our day on pleasing him.
6) He gives us gratitude for everything, the big and the small.

Becoming Holy before God. We have to understand Gods holiness, He is perfect in every way. Love, mercy, anger, justice all if it… He is without temptation or sin. We should be striving for holiness in our own lives and be born again through Christ. He wants what’s best for us eternally. When we prepare our mind and heart, looking to the Word we are setting ourselves apart. Follow the commandments, practice self control against temptation and things of the world. Don’t tolerate sin and make excuses for the sin around us. Surrendering ourselves to God but also remembering that we are beautiful just as God created us. To stay in to God‘s presence we need to bring spiritual practices into our daily routines and stay close to him. Pray for holiness. It cannot be done In the absence of God. Prayer is the most powerful tool God has given us.

When you have become a child of God His Presence is with you all the time. His presence comes through the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing is impossible for the Lord. I am trusting you with all of it… My joy, my family and my circumstances. Being expectant for God‘s presence and glory. Trusting him because he can do the impossible.

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