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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, April 2

Animals in the Old Testament were divided into "clean" and "unclean" categories.  Many believe that this began with the giving of the law, but as far back as Noah, animals were separated into these two groups.  This was for ceremonial sacrificial reasons.  It's hard to grasp the reasoning behind this other than the fact that God instituted this for His own purposes at that time.  Many claim that these "unclean" animals should still be avoided in one's diet since they are unfit for human consumption.  That is so.  In any event, Leviticus 11 lists what constituted clean from unclean animals:

Clean animals: land animals that chew the cud and have a divided hoof, such as cattle, deer, goats, and sheep; seafood with both fins and scales, such as bluegill, grouper, and cod; certain birds, including chickens, doves, and ducks; even some insects, such as grasshoppers and locusts

Unclean animals: land animals that either do not chew the cud or do not have a split hoof, such as pigs, dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, and rats; seafood lacking either fins or scales, such as shellfish, lobster, oysters, and catfish; some birds, such as owls, hawks, and vultures; other animals, such as reptiles and amphibians
 

In Acts 10:9-16, Peter is told by God that this distinction between clean and unclean animals is no longer binding.  In Christ, all the kosher laws have been done away with.  Never allow yourself to be under the bondage of false teachers who try to tell you that you still must keep these Old Testament laws to be saved.  That is a false gospel.  It is faith alone in the crucified and risen Christ  that saves us!  The  book of Galatians deals with this issue in great detail.

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