TOPIC: No, Not To Eat (DCLM Daily Manna 4 August 2021)
TEXT: Leviticus 11:13-20
13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
15 Every raven after his kind;
16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,
17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,
18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,
19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
KEY VERSE: “And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray.” – (Leviticus 11:13,14)
To defile means to make unclean, unacceptable to God or make impure. The Lord clearly spelt out in His word what will defile a man in His sight.
We are given in our text series of animals the children of Israel must never eat because it made them ceremonially unclean. And it is noteworthy that most times, to the best of their ability, they endeavoured to keep the commandment.
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The passage today centres mostly on birds that were not to be eaten. They included the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray, the vulture, the kite, all forms of raven, etc. Even in the New Testament when Peter was being prepared to go to the house of the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, to preach to him, he told the Lord, “I have never eaten anything common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). However, under the new covenant dispensation, God goes beyond the ceremonial, to the thoughts of men. Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit… pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23).
God is holy; and the calling of the Christian is a holy one. He is therefore expected to live above all moral defilements in order to please God. God’s command to His followers remains: “be ye holy for I am holy.” The true Christian has a moral obligation to remain undefiled before his God who sees in the secret and in the open. Hypocrisy, eye service, “a holier than thou” attitude, pride, envy, unforgiving spirit, malice, etc., must not be found in a true Christian.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Avoid any form of defilement if you must please the Lord.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.