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Monday, April 2, 2012

Permanent Laws; A Woman Named Folly

Today's Reading:
  • Leviticus 1:1 - 3:17
  • Proverbs 9:13 - 18
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Leviticus 1:1 - 3:17
I am ashamedly squeamish.  Apparently so much so that I shiver a little when I read the instructions on exactly how the animal is to be killed and taken apart for sacrifice, and which pieces are to go in which place.  I wonder if I'll be over that before the end of the book of Leviticus.

I find it interesting that offerings with yeast and honey are explicitly forbidden for offerings to the Lord (3:12 is but one example).  I have seen this (or at least the yeast part of it) many times over throughout the Old Testament.  I wonder what it is in particular about yeast that makes it unholy?

The very last verse of today's reading (3:17) completely caught me off guard:
"You must never eat any fat or blood.  This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation, wherever you live."
Okay, so I am really perplexed about this verse right now.  What is covered under this permanent law?  Because the verse is after many verses pertaining to the sacrifice of animals, verses which depicted removing the internal fat to burn for offerings, I am going to make the assumption that we are talking about internal fats, and not fats that are by products of stuff like milk, fruits or vegetables.
Okay, so internal fats -- for the most part I don't like to eat any kinds of fat around the meat.  But what about meats such as a bacon?  Those types of cuts are marbled with fat throughout.  So are we not supposed to eat bacon?  Does this law still apply to us?  It says "permanent" and sometimes I get so confused what is cancelled out by the NT and what is not.

Proverbs 9:13 - 18
Proverbs tells of a woman named Folly.  She talks foolishness and ignorance and calls to others to join her.  We are told, however, that the dead wait there for those she ensnares.

These were such a short 5 verses and a complete subject change.  I think it's the first reference I've seen to "folly" so far.  Yes, there are many references to foolishness, I just thought that this was interesting because it was different.  I look forward to reading more.


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