Meat was later added to the diet except eating blood was prohibited (
Gen.9:3-4). Another prohibition came concerning the
consumption of "fat" ( Lev.3:17).
Under the law some meats were "unclean." (
Why did God disallow certain animals for food? Was it merely an arbitrary test of religious obedience? Certain hygienic considerations were no doubt part of the reason, at least in the providence of God (Harrison, Leviticus, pp. 124–6, gives an elaboration of this view). But the primary reason seems to have been theological—to teach symbolically
as the holy (separated) people of God. It is striking that the two major
chapters on unclean foods are either introduced ( Israel Deut. 14:1–2) or concluded ( Lev. 11:44–45) with an
affirmation of ’s
election to be a holy people of God. The threefold classification of animals
into unclean, clean, and sacrificial seems to parallel the division of mankind
into unclean (those excluded from the camp of Israel ), clean (ordinary Israelites
when not defiled), and the priesthood (those who offered sacrifices in the
sanctuary; Wenham, Leviticus, p. 170). Israel
Now God has cleansed all food (
We are to be careful about legalism and license (
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (
Why then has medical science come to conclude that some foods that taste good have bad effects? The issues are:
1) man’s engineering and altering of foods chemically and genetically which can alter their original state in a way that makes it toxic;
2) gluttony—too much of a good thing will make it a bad thing. Scripture has much to say about this. There is the example of Esau (
Gen.25:29-34); a rebellious son ( Deut.21:18-21); and these
passages from Prov.23:1-8,
20-21 and Titus 1:12-13. Many more could be referenced.
There is no dimension of a Christian’s life that isn’t subject to His Lordship—even the dinner table! Study these verses and apply the teaching, then food that is “good” won’t be bad for you!