February 5, 2006
Read Leviticus 11
Health and dietary laws; the cleansing (purification) of women after childbirth; signs and laws concerning leprosy
Over 40 times in Leviticus we read: I am the LORD or I am the LORD your God; and four times the Lord demands: Ye shall be holy; for I am holy (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:26). Inwardly, outwardly, morally, and spiritually, we also must separate ourselves from all that defiles: For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify (consecrate) yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy (11:44). The Israelites were to eat clean food (chapter 11); have clean bodies (chapters 12-13), clean clothes (13:47-59), clean houses (14:33-57), clean personal hygiene (chapter 15); and be a clean nation (chapter 16).
The word unclean is used about 100 times in chapters 11 through 15, implying that God required every unclean thing to be removed from their lives. God also required that the Israelites separate themselves from heathens, idolatry, immorality, and even unsanitary habits. The people of God were not to intermarry with Gentile unbelievers. The many sacrifices, rules, and regulations concerning what is clean and unclean (what defiles a person) provide awareness of how repulsive sin is to God.
God's character does not change; therefore these regulations remind every Christian today that whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory (honor, praise) of God (I Corinthians 10:31).
The Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to write: I beseech (beg) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1). And, to the church at
11:3 clovenfooted = hoof parted into two distinct hooves; 13:2 rising = swelling; 13:4 shut up = isolate; 13:5 be at a stay = has not changed; 13:10 quick raw = ulcer forming; 13:51 fretting = contagious, spreading.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 12:2