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Leviticus Chapter 11

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And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron.-Lest rebuke which Moses publicly administered to priests should diminish their influence on people, whom they had to teach laws of clean and unclean things lay down in the following chapters, Lord here honours Aaron, as well as Moses, by making this communication to them conjointly. Besides, Aaron, as minister, was as much concerned about these laws as Moses was legislator. Hence, when the question of defilement had afterwards to BE decide, it was brought for judgment before Moses and Aaron conjointly.

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Categories of Cleanness and Uncleanness

This chapter establishes dietary laws for Israelites, specifying which animals can be eaten by them and which cannot be eat. It is difficult to discern the reasoning behind distinctions. For instance, clean land animals are those that have divided hoofs, chew cud, and are cleave-foot. Any animal that meets only two of these three criteria is unclean. Scholars speculate that in a priestly mind-set, animals of each distinct group must exhibit certain characteristics emblematic of that group. For instance, fish must have fins and scales in order to be clean. Those water animals that do not have fins and scales are unclean and are therefore unlawful to eat. These laws illustrate priestly concern with boundaries and distinctions, particularly between clean and unclean. In similar vein, Israelites are forbidden to sow their fields with two kinds of seed, or to wear garments made with two kinds of material, or to allow any of their animals to breed with different species. This priestly concern with boundaries is present throughout the book, so that holiness might be maintained in sanctuary and in people. Observant Jews still follow dietary laws set out in Leviticus and in other parts of Pentateuch. Christians do not follow these laws, pointing to Act 10, story of Peter and Cornelius, where God instructs Peter in vision to eat unclean animals. Jesus say, in Matthew 15: 11: it is not what goes into mouth that defiles person, but it is what comes out of mouth that defiles.

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Reasons for Cleanness or Uncleanness

There are several plausible theories about rules governing animals for human consumption in Leviticus 11. Each cites supporting evidence, yet none enjoy general consensus. Sorting them out is beyond our scope here, but Jacob Milgrom offers perspective directly relating to the workplace. He notes three dominant elements: God severely limited Israels ' choice of animal food, gave them specific rules for slaughter, and prohibited them from eating blood that represents life and therefore belongs to God alone. In light of this, Milgrom concludes that the Israel dietary system was a method of controlling human instinct to kill. In short, though they may satisfy their appetite for food, they must curb their hunger for power. Because life is inviolable, it may not be tampered with indiscriminately. If God chooses to get involved in details of which animals may be killed and how it is to be done, how could we miss the point that killing of humans is even more restricted and subject to God's scrutiny? This view suggests more applicability to the present day. For example, if every agricultural, animal, and food service facility practiced daily accountability to God for the treatment and condition of its animals, wouldnt it be more attentive to the safety and working conditions of its people? In spite of extensive details in Leviticus that initiate ongoing discussion of food in the Bible, it would be inappropriate for any Christian to try to dictate what all believers must do and avoid doing regarding provision, preparation, and consumption of food. Nonetheless, whatever we eat or do eat, Derek Tidball rightly reminds Christians of the centrality of holiness. Whatever one stance on these complex issues, it cannot be divorce from Christian commitment to holiness. Holiness calls upon us even to eat and drink for the glory of God. The same applies to the work of producing, preparing, and consuming food and drink.

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Conclusion

Leviticus chapter 11 summary begins with God commanding Moses / Israel of living animals so they are allowed to eat on earth. Beginning with land base animals, in order to eat it, they must have part hoof and chew cud in order for man to consume it. If it does not do / have both of these, then it is considered an unclean animal. For children of Israel, this is considered an abomination. A camel is considered unclean because it chews cud, but does not have a divided hoof. Unclean animals carcase is not even to touch.

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