Don’t Eat that Snake!

“For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” ~ Leviticus 11:44-45

Apparently snake eating is a “thing” by the Lebanese army!

Parts of the Old Testament have loads of “crazy” laws. This chapter not only commands not eating snakes but also dead animals, camels, bugs, black vultures and other animals.  As you dig deeper, usually you’ll find good healthy reasons for these laws.

Interesting here in Leviticus 11 are the two reasons God gives as to why Israel should obey:

1) Because of who I am (“For I am the Lord”)

2) Because of what I have done (“brought you out of Egypt”).

The point: Do not look to the bible for some rules for life.  Look to find who God is and what He’s done. If you find that, you’ll find the moral law of God beautiful, trustworthy and worth striving after.

P.S. Actually, Jesus says we can eat snake in Mark 7:18-19. I’ve had it but I like chicken better!

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor