DCLM Daily Manna 26th January 2021 Devotional – Beyond Dietary Choices
You are reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 26th January 2021 Devotional written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi to inspire and bless you. May God Almighty bless you through His word, Amen.
TODAY’S TOPIC ON DCLM DAILY MANNA 26TH JANUARY 2021: BEYOND DIETARY CHOICES
BIBLE TEXT: LEVITICUS 11:1-12
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth:
3 Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat. 4 Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is [a]unclean to you;
5 the [b]rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is [c]unclean to you; 6 the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 7 and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.
9 ‘These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat. 10 But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are [d]an abomination to you. 11 They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. 12 Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales—that shall be an abomination to you.
Key Verse: “Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat” (Leviticus 11:3).
Today’s Word On DCLM Daily Manna 26th January 2021 Devotional
There has been a remarkable increase in health awareness. This, perhaps, is a response to the upsurge of many dreaded health conditions, which have been linked to lifestyle and diets. Experts in this area have recommended healthy dietary practice of eating fruits and vegetable as well as doing physical exercise. As a result, more and more people are becoming picky about what they eat.
For some reason, God wanted the Israelites to be similarly disposed about the animal foods they ate. As they moved from Egypt to the Promised Land, He, through Moses, gave them detailed guidelines that covered every aspect of their conduct, connections, culture and culinary practices. In the text, we see classes of land and sea animals they were to eat or not to eat. Attempts have been made by some to give scientific explanations to these dietary laws. This school of thought holds that God gave the laws for health reasons.
Therefore, it should be observed by everyone who cares to be healthy. It should be noted that the dietary laws were given to distinguish Israel from other nations and as a reminder of God’s holiness as well as their need for purity. In the New Testament, Christ made it clear that it is not what we eat that defiles us but the content of the heart (Mark 7:15).
Christ Himself has fulfilled the demands of the law and provided grace for our salvation and holiness. God is holy and demands that His worshippers be holy. In this era, the concept of clean and unclean state is not about dietary choices but the experience of transformation that results in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ whose blood cleanses from all sin. Have you been washed in this soul-cleansing blood?
Thought for Today: Go beyond eating right to being right with your God.
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