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Saturday, November 2 2013
Leviticus 11: What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?
"Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you."
Most people, regardless of their religion, have no difficulty realizing that rats, vultures and flies are unhealthy to touch, let alone to eat. That reality is based entirely upon health, not any religion.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) formally gave the Israelites the natural laws of health (that Noah knew about long before; see Genesis 7: The Flood), ranging from personal hygiene (e.g. Leviticus chapter 15) to not touching or eating creatures that were purposely-created as "nature's trash collectors" e.g. vultures are unclean because they clean the environment of infectious carrion.
The LORD's Laws of "clean and unclean" are about health, for all people. They only become "religious" when people disobey the LORD's Command to not eat filthy and infectious creatures - thereby making themselves filthy and infectious creatures.
Some creatures were also declared unclean for reasons that only modern science has "discovered," such as the viruses and parasites in pigs, although the clues have always been there i.e. pigs will eat anything (including humans), while cattle and sheep are very selective vegetarians.
"11:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
As a general rule, "clean" fish are those that inhabit fresh-flowing upper-level waters, while unclean fish and water creatures are bottom-dwellers - where natural waste accumulates.
"11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. 11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11:11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. 11:12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you." (Leviticus 11:9-12 KJV)
Vultures, eagles and owls are unclean because they eat rats, mice and carrion.
"11:13 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, 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; 11:15 Every raven after his kind; 11:16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 11:17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, 11:18 And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, 11:19 And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat." (Leviticus 11:13-19 KJV)
Carrion-eating insects are unclean, while plant-eating insects, such as grasshoppers, are clean.
"11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. 11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. 11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you." (Leviticus 11:20-23 KJV)
Notice the entire emphasis is on protection against disease - the reason that unclean creatures are not to be eaten or touched. Notice also the emphasis on washing - an obvious anti-bacterial procedure.
"11:24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. 11:25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
The LORD's Laws of Health only become religious when "For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves."
"11:39 And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even. 11:40 And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
Fact Finder: Was a pig used to commit the original "abomination of desolation"? Did Jesus Christ say that it was going to happen again just before His return?
This Day In History, November 2
1164: Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury, began a 6-year self-imposed exile in France. Once a close friend of King Henry II, he found himself in difficulty after he became an outspoken opponent of the king's policies.
1570: Nearly a thousand people were killed when a tidal wave struck the coast of Holland.
1721: Peter I was proclaimed Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar") of all Russians.
1785: The first lifeboat was patented by London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin.
1789: During the French Revolution, all property of the church was taken over by the state.
1841: Following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and killed Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others, starting the Second Afghan War.
1899: The Boers (white natives of Cape Province, the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch settlers; Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch and Flemish) began their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
1914: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1917: During the First World War, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour, prompted by "Zionist" emigres Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, wrote a letter to the 2nd Baron Rothschild, head of the British branch of the Jewish banking family, which contained the "Balfour Declaration" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration). The declaration, pledging British aid for efforts to establish a Jewish homeland in "Palestine," was a key event in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (which is actually Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). The modern state of Israel was proclaimed just over 30 years later, in 1948.
1930: Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was established.
1940: During the Second World War that was started by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Luftwaffe bombed London for the 57th consecutive night of the "Blitz."
1964: King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed and replaced by Prince Fail.
1965: Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, set himself on fire in front of the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam War.
1967: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his advisors decided that the U.S. people should be given more "optimistic reports" on the progress of the war.
1984: Velma Barfield was executed in Raleigh, North Carolina after being convicted of six murders. She became the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1962, as well as the first woman to be executed by lethal injection.
1995: The Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War Two massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.