Scripture Reading for February 5th: Leviticus 11-15
God was concerned about the health and holiness of His people and gave dietary laws to keep them from sickness and disease. ( Leviticus 11:44-45) What we eat affects our health and our ability to glorify God. God knew which animals could carry disease and cause sickness and He understood germs and parasites when man was unaware. Eating vultures, owls, osprey’s, bats, or hawks would be dangerous because they fed on carrion–dead animals. (Leviticus 11:13-19) God’s people were also not to eat any animal with the blood in it and the carrion was filled with blood and various germs and parasites!
The Israelites were not to eat the pig, either. (Leviticus 11:7-8) This prohibition was because the pig was also a scavenger, eating anything available. God did not want His people to be defiled or made sick by the meat. Because He knows everything and we can count on His wisdom.
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 He 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.
We need to use wisdom in this matter, though. If the Lord shows you that a certain food is not good for you to eat, don’t eat it! Anything not done out of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) We must also be mindful not to cause anyone else to stumble. The law of love is our first test. Can I eat what I want to eat and do it to the glory of God? Will it be good for me? Will I cause anyone else to stumble? (Romans 14:19-21)
In conclusion, when you set down to a meal of ham and shrimp, be sure to pray! God’s blessing and sanctification are always to be sought! And be sure to eat with thanksgiving and in faith! If you can’t, that food might not be a healthy choice for you!