All glory, honor, and praise to our Lord who has woven these magnificent, typological threads throughout His word the Bible. By so doing, our Father in Heaven had created for His people a pictured roadmap, if carefully followed, would funnel them towards Christ Jesus. For Christians, these Levitical writings provide a diagram that unmistakably illustrate our Messiah’s eternal presence throughout scripture and equip us with an understandable message we can share with those who desire to see more clearly.
It’s About Being Consecrated
Where in the bible does it say we are, “In the world not of the world?” I hate to burst you spiritual bubble, but that phrase is not found in God’s word–the maxim is there, but those actual words are not. Probably the closest expression of this godly standard, being set-apart for God, is found in John 17:11a + 16; and 1 John 2:15
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You…They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world…Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
What is apparent is that the truism is expressed plainly between the covers of the entire Bible. The Levitical text pours more light on this actuality, although it is critical that we use a Bible-filtered, God-inspired eye to perceive it. Using external contradictive sources only serve to muddy the waters and erode God’s gift of faith. If a man’s words cannot be supported by God’s word, then his declarations are worthless.
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
Hoof and Cud
What spiritual application can we possibly derive from these two attributes? We must keep in mind that God desires His people, including those in these last days who have been grafted in, to be separate. So while it is absolutely true we need not keep these dietary laws, the doctrine attached to them is of great value to the believer. Getting back to our ‘in-the-world-not-of-the-world’ theology, the split hoof speaks to our God-ordained disconnect—the split hoof being a constant reminder. Honestly, there is too much effort being made by the church to assimilate ourselves into the very culture God works so hard to isolate us. If there is to be association it shall always be on God’s terms, not the worlds.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
I found this whole cud-chewing stuff to be particularly interesting. In other parts of the Bible the part of speech in the Hebrew language used to describe an animal that chews its cud is the same for the word ‘meditate’. Is God using cud-chewers to remind us of our need to chew on His word continually? In a word, yup. Again, if we were not finding these parallels in almost every sentence, we might say it is nothing more than coincidence. I do not know about you, but the God I serve does not operate by chance; every move He makes is intentional and designed with a specific purpose—including these barnyard images. It is my hope that as you read His word you would see Christ Jesus in every verse.