As a Christian living in Australia I do not abide by these food laws as an expression of my faith.
Reference: v.7 However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the coney. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a split hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I have never been that partial to eating rabbit. I remember one time I came home for the weekend from boarding school. In true bulk cooking style, the food we got at school was never really that amazing. So Mum would always make sure we had good food when we came home for the weekend or holidays. This one particular time I had come home late on the train and Mum had kept some chicken casserole for me to eat. As I started eating my meal Mum looked at me with a sly smile and asked, "Do you like it?" I looked down at my plate, back at my mother's face and said, "It's rabbit, isn't it?!" She had tried to disguise the rabbit as chicken in a delicious casserole but her face had given her away. I wish I had have known verse 7 of Deuteronomy 14 back then. Although I wouldn't have wanted Mum to know the next verse or that would mean no roast pork either!
Explore: The Israelites were given very specific guidelines as to what and how they should eat their meat. As a Christian living in Australia I do not abide by these food laws as an expression of my faith. I govern what goes in to my mouth by what I think tastes good rather than what has been instructed to me. And yet, I think this has made us complacent about what we consume. Whether it is food or media or information, whatever we take in has an affect on us. If we want to live a life that is set apart for God then we need to set apart every aspect of our lives for God – our meal times, our work times and our social times. It's not just about what food we are eating but whether we are honouring God in all aspects of our life.
Prayer: Lord, we can often get complacent about what we eat, what we watch and what we say. Help us to honour You in all aspects of our life. Amen.
Is there an aspect in your life that needs some focus so that it becomes more honouring to God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.