Lev 11:9 “These you may eat, of all that are in the water. Everything in the water that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat.
Lev 11:10 But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the water and of the living souls that are in the water, is detestable to you.
Lev 11:11 You will regard them as detestable; you will not eat any of their meat, and you will detest their carcasses.
Lev 11:12 Everything in the water that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you.
The rights for Israelites to eat what swam in the water were quite strict, but that is to be expected of a nation that was intended to be separate from all those around it. Free use of the treasures of the oceans and rivers would have likely led to lots of commercial trafficking with the nations surrounding Israel, and that was not what God wanted. He wanted the treasure that Israel would share to be the Torah. For that reason, fishing licenses were limited.
When Jesus called his disciples to be the first members of his new covenant community, he promised to train them in the skill of fishing for men and women. He placed no restriction on their licenses. In fact, he commanded them to make disciples of all nations. Those of us who are Gentiles are so glad that is true.
LORD, thank you for opening your oceans and rivers for us to fish freely for souls that need you.