What About the Food Laws in Leviticus?
By David Chadwick

Spiritual skeptics love to look at the food laws and laugh at Christians (Leviticus 11:12). When they read the list of prohibited foods in Leviticus, they ask: But you eat shellfish! And other foods denied in these passages. Therefore, Leviticus is an antiquated book of no importance in your Bible.

That makes sense – until you realize why these food laws are commanded.

God wanted a holy people. He desired a nation that would love and worship him alone. Their lifestyles would reflect his morality. They would be different from all the other nations of the earth.

From all the nations on the earth, God chose Israel.

God gave Leviticus to Israel as his holiness code. Its regulations called the Jews to be a holy people – even in the way they ate.

Were these laws meant to protect Israel against certain diseases that resided in different foods? Perhaps. We don’t know what God may have been protecting his children from.

Most likely, God commanded certain foods not to be consumed as a simple reminder of their call to be holy. If the Jews ate three times per day, as we do today, that means that every day they would incessantly be reminded of God’s call to be a holy people.

Therefore, if you’re a Christian, you should ask what’s in your life to remind you that you are called to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:16).

And if your life is truly different, that’s the best way to silence a spiritual skeptic.


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