Lev 11:1 And Yahveh spoke to Moses and Aaron, and this is what he said to them,
Lev 11:2 “Speak to the people of Israel, and this is what you should say, these are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the land.
Lev 11:3 Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat.
Lev 11:4 Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you will not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is contaminated to you.
Lev 11:5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is contaminated to you.
Lev 11:6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is contaminated to you.
Lev 11:7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is contaminated to you.
Lev 11:8 You will not eat any of their meat, and you will not touch their carcasses; they are contaminated to you.
My first response upon reading a passage like this is to wonder why God decided to make some foods taboo for the Israelites, and not others. These choices seem a bit arbitrary to me. They do not seem to be based on the healthiness of the food. Perhaps some of these contaminated foods were deemed fit sacrifices for other religions? I do not know. But I do not need to know, and neither did the Israelites. They only needed to know what God preference was. Following his commands indicated that they had submitted to his lordship.
There is a great deal about the new covenant that believers in Christ cannot fully explain. There are seeming paradoxes and mysteries throughout the New Testament. But we are not responsible as believers to understand and explain it all. We are responsible to believe and trust, even those things that we cannot explain.
LORD, we surrender to your preference. For those mysteries in your word that we cannot solve, we yield to your omniscience.