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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Just Because We Can, Doesn’t Mean We Should

So I’m back in Leviticus this morning & it has more seemingly random rules. The primary take away is that the Jewish people were to only eat land animals with split hooves & chewed cud, marine animals with scales & fins, birds that weren’t meat eaters & winged insects with joints.

God’s initial plan was vegetarianism (Gen. 1:29-30) but this changed in Gen. 9 when He introduced bloodless meat as an option.

So yet again I ask, “Why Lord?”

The Law was fulfilled when Jesus conquered sin & death & any animal became acceptable as long as it was eaten with thanksgiving.(1Tim 4:4-5)

So we are free to eat whatever we desire as food will not keep us from heaven, but the thought that arises is this:

Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.

I am not a vegetarian, but when I make the lion’s share of my plate fruits & veggies, I tend to feel better in the long run!

What I love about our good God is that He doesn’t force us to follow Him. His Word is filled with wisdom for the choices we face daily. We CAN eat shrimp, lobster & pork, but why would I make this a DAILY part of my diet if His initial instruction was to steer clear? 

If you dig in just a little, you learn that shrimp & lobster are bottom feeders that act like little garbage men of the ocean, just like pigs on land!😬

We CAN also eat processed food that doesn’t have a mother or come from the ground, but to what avail? 

God has a plan, He’s in the details AND He lets us choose whether or not we’ll heed His wisdom. The thing about wisdom, is that once you learn it, you can’t unlearn it! Wisdom forces us to a fork in the road of decision making.

It’s not that we can’t enjoy a little treat or eat some meat, it’s moderation that matters.

Father, thank You for the reminder that Your Word (even Levitical laws) are relevant today. That’s because it’s Truth & Truth ISN’t relevant. It’s timeless!

Help us to heed Your Word when it comes to our health. & remind us that just because we CAN doesn’t mean we should eat something that carries no life!

We want a life of longevity marked by miraculous health! Our bodies are vehicles for ministry! Holy Spirit, help us fuel them with nutrition that brings life!

LEVITICUS 11:1-12:8

MARK 5:21-43

PSALM 38:1-22



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