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February 3, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Leviticus 8-10
Audio: Leviticus 8-10

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Deuteronomy 14 (ESV)

“You are the sons of the Lord your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

“You shall not eat any abomination. These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Yet of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cloven you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, because they chew the cud but do not part the hoof, are unclean for you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.

“Of all that are in the waters you may eat these: whatever has fins and scales you may eat. 10 And whatever does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you.

11 “You may eat all clean birds. 12 But these are the ones that you shall not eat: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 13 the kite, the falcon of any kind;14 every raven of any kind; 15 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind; 16 the little owl and the short-eared owl, the barn owl 17 and the tawny owl, the carrion vulture and the cormorant, 18 the stork, the heron of any kind; the hoopoe and the bat. 19 And all winged insects are unclean for you; they shall not be eaten. 20 All clean winged things you may eat.

21 “You shall not eat anything that has died naturally. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your towns, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. 24 And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, 25 then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses 26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household. 27 And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

28 “At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. 29 And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

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  1. Identity 

    What might quickly be overlooked in a chapter dedicated mostly to what animals may and may not be eaten, the first verse opens with the declaration, "You are the sons of the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 14:1). These laws were not for everyone but were only indented for the people of Israel so they would be a distinct people who were set apart. 

    In writing about our identity as believers, John Piper writes, "At the heart of what it means to be a Christian is to receive a new identity. In Jesus, we do not lose our true selves, but we become our true selves, only in him. Christ is our life — not only the guarantee of it in heaven, but the downpayment of it by the Spirit now, as he lives in us. His joy becomes our joy; his love, our love; his peace, our peace; his strength, our strength. We cannot experience anything greater than the fullness of union with Christ. Nothing reaches higher or is more theologically comprehensive."

    Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul poses this rhetorical question to the church in Corinth (and to believers today):

    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?"

    He then writes, "You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). How glorious!



    John 1:12 says, "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."

    Ephesians 1:4b-5 says, "In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will."

    Romans 6:6 says, "We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin."

    Jeremiah 1:5 says, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

    1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

    So the next time the accuser comes to throw your flaws and failures in your face, remember these verses and the God who bought you. 

    At the same time, we see in this chapter (and many other passages of Scripture), that God's people were not to live like other people live. People who belong to God were (are) required to following Him. We don't obey because we have to (even if sometimes that's where we're at in a moment in time) but we obey because we love God and want to live in fellowship with Him. We don't want to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit but want to walk in newness of life!

    Since much of this chapter is devoted to what animals the people of God may and may eat, I wanted to share some valuable inside from Dr. Benjamin Shaw, associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, S.C. who wrote about chapters like Deuteronomy 14 where so much time and effort is focused on clean and unclean.

    "In Mark 7:14-23, Jesus makes clear to His listeners that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him. He is speaking here about the cleanness laws, because defilement was what produced uncleanness in a person. But Jesus says it is not what goes into a man that truly defiles. Instead, what truly defiles a person is what is in his heart—his sinful thoughts, desires, and intentions.

    "By this statement, Jesus is telling the people that those laws of clean and unclean were intended to be a picture that showed them that the totality of their lives was, by nature, unclean. Uncleanness was not sin, but it was a picture of sin. As it was almost impossible to get through a day in ancient Israel without contracting some sort of uncleanness, the Lord by these laws was showing how thoroughly sin had corrupted human life. There was really no escaping it. In reality, their hope was not to avoid uncleanness. Instead, their hope was to be delivered from it. As the author of Hebrews says, the blood of bulls and goats only sanctified for the purification (or cleansing—again, an obvious allusion to the cleanness laws) of the flesh. It is only the blood of Christ that cleanses our consciences from dead works to the true service of the living God (Hebrews 9:13-14)."

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    Christians may not follow all the Old Testament ordinances and food restrictions today but we should always remember if our identity is in Christ, we will be set apart and will live and love differently than people outside of Christ. The impact of our faith should identify us as Christ's followers before we even open our mouths. 

    That's why the Apostle Peter wrote, "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."

    Do you honor Christ the Lord as holy?

    Does your life reflect your identity in Christ?

    Are you ready to give a defense (a reason) ask you about the hope you have?

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