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Friday, April 6, 2012

Forbidden Fat and Other Permanent Laws

Today's Reading:
  • Leviticus 6:1 - 7:27
  • Proverbs 10:3 - 4
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Leviticus 6:1 - 7:27
Today's reading brings back the same questions I already had.  The first of those is the fact that things made with yeast are not suitable for offerings, yet breads/cakes/wafers/etc made without yeast are considered holy for sacrifices.  So what makes yeast unholy? I keep seeing this over and over again so i have to wonder.

My second question revisits the topic of not eating fat from animals.  We see this again starting with verse 7:22.  It says never to eat fat from any animal that can be sacrificed to the Lord.  I don't think that means simply not to eat the fat from an animal that is being sacrificed, because in verse 7:24 it says that fat from animals that have been found dead must not be eaten either.  I wouldn't worry so much about this, except that verse 3:17 says that this is a permanent law to be passed from generation to generation.  Once again I am led to wonder, what things are cancelled out by the new covenant?  If something says that it is a "permanent law" for all generations to come, does that mean that it affects us under the new covenant?

I've got a lot of studying to go.  Hopefully by the time I get through the bible for the first time I will have a better understanding of what is "cancelled" out by the new covenant and what is not.

Proverbs 10:3 - 4
The first of these two verses reassures us that the Lord will not let godly people go hungry.  The second tells us that lazy people will be poor, and hard workers will be rich.  Obviously there are many hard working people who are "poor", but I think this verse has application outside of money.  The life of someone who works hard, regardless of the money coming in, will be richer than that of the lazy person.  How satisfied can the lazy person be with his or her life?  There is a special fulfillment to working hard.

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