Grasshoppers for lunch?

Scripture reading for February 5th: Leviticus 11-15

I remember a missionary who brough chocolate-covered grasshoppers to a service and offered them to whoever was brave enough to eat them.  I tried one!  It was nice and crunchy and the chocolate took away most of the taste!  I am in famous biblical company; John the Baptist ate locusts, a relative of the grasshopper! (Mark 1:6)

Leviticus 11:22 “Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind.”

Why was God so concerned about the diet of His people?  Why all the rules about “clean” and “unclean” animals?  In fact, the word “unclean” is used over 100 times in today’s reading.  Our God is holy and wants His people to be holy too. ( Leviticus 11:44-45)  What we eat affects our health and our ability to glorify God with our body.  God knows which animals could carry disease and cause sickness.  If you look at the list, some are obvious.  Eating vultures, owls, osprey’s, bats, or hawks would be dangerous because they feed on carrion–dead animals. (Leviticus 11:13-19) Other animals, like the pig were also scavengers and carried worms and disease. God’s people were also not to eat any animal with the blood in it;  life is in the blood.

However, Jesus declared all foods clean.  (Acts 10:10-16) In a vision, Peter saw a sheet with all kinds of “unclean” animals on it.  God told Peter to eat!   When he protested like a good Hebrew, God told him a second time not to call anything impure that God had made clean.  The Apostle Paul also taught this truth in 1 Timothy 4:4-5.  All food is to be eaten with thanksgiving and prayer.

In conclusion, when you set down to a meal of grasshoppers, be sure to pray!  God’s blessing and sanctification are a life and death matter!  And be sure to eat with thanksgiving and in faith!  If you can’t do that, grasshoppers might not be a healthy choice for you!  Amen!

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