DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2019 Devotional – Clean And Unclean Food, written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TODAY’S TOPIC: CLEAN AND UNCLEAN FOOD
TEXT: Leviticus 11:24-40
KEY VERSE: “These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even” – (Leviticus 11:31).
MESSAGE: DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2019
A young man in a church once asked the pastor during the Sunday School lesson why God forbade Adam and Eve from eating a certain fruit in the Garden of Eden. The questioner wondered why God decided to create the tree of knowledge – the fruit which Adam and Eve were not to eat in the midst of the garden. The pastor smiled and answered that the tree was to test their obedience. It was to test their self-control and their power over their appetites.
Our text deals with certain objects that the Israelites were not only forbidden to eat or drink but also disallowed from touching. Anyone who ate any of the forbidden animals or touched it was considered unclean till evening. This was a form of confinement to prevent possible spread of germs in the camp.
These laws, though no longer applicable to the New Testament believers, were intended to keep the Israelites distinct from other nations. The laws forbade not only the eating of the unclean beasts, but also the touching of them. This indicates that believers should not only run away from sin but also from the appearance of evil. Additionally, it should be noted that some of these forbidden animals were objects of superstition and idolatry for the heathen.
Today: DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2019 by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
There is no gainsaying that Christians have been set at liberty by Christ from all such observances. Nevertheless, the liberty is not without some caution. We must be separated from the world so as to live a life of absolute surrender and total obedience to His word and will. As believers, we should remember that all things are lawful for us, but not all things are expedient, all things are lawful to us, but all things edify not (1 Corinthians 6:12).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Whatever is not eaten through faith is sin.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Psalm 85-88
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