Have you ever wondered about this law of God that clearly instructed Israel as to what they could and could not eat? Since the Bible makes it plain that “all these things happen unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Cor.10:11), have you wondered what this means for us today? We are not subject to this dietary law. Instead, there is something much more significant than the question, “To eat or not to eat?”
The Lord presented His will to Israel. “These are the beasts which ye shall eat… Nevertheless these shall ye not eat…” (vv.2,4, cf.9,11,21,23). There was no question as to what was right and what was wrong. The simplest person could understand those words. Today the same principle applies. God’s will, revealed in His Word, is straightforward and simple. The trouble arises when we disobey. He has revealed His will for us, and there are many glorious blessings that are ours as His children. There are also many things He has forbidden. This clear revelation is not without purpose, even though we may not always understand it.
Notice first that this was God’s Law. “And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron” (v.1). The point for us today is that we have no right to question God’s reasons for establishing certain laws regarding His children. God’s will for Israel was that they should not eat the flesh of certain animals. Although many Bible-believers try to explain this command by citing health or hygiene considerations, the fact is that God said, “No!” There was no need to know His reason. For believers in our time, we should be careful to avoid debating the “rightness” or “wrongness” of God’s commands as we live the Christian life. God has never asked us to understand His will but to obey His will as revealed in His word.
However, we may look at the final two verses of this chapter where God’s reason is presented. “This is the law of the beasts…to make a difference between the clean and the unclean…” (vv.46-47) The purpose in essence is to train us in the way we should go. Our Lord wants us to realize that there are things that will defile and there are other things that are holy. It is that way because the Lord had declared it to be so. This fact extends through every area of life, and must be carefully heeded by all believers. As we discover from the Bible what is clean and unclean, let us diligently “make a difference.”
May we today submit ourselves to the will of God as revealed in His word. May we seek to pursue that which is holy and avoid the things which will defile our lives!