useful for other things

marmsky devotions pics August 2016 (11)

Leviticus 11:13-19

Lev 11:13 “And these you will detest among the birds; they will not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture,
Lev 11:14 the kite, the falcon of any kind,
Lev 11:15 every raven of any kind,
Lev 11:16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind,
Lev 11:17 the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl,
Lev 11:18 the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture,
Lev 11:19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the duchifat, and the bat.

useful for other things

Most of these flying creatures may have been excluded from the Israelite menu because they were useful for other things besides being eaten. The scavenger birds may have been excluded in order to keep the wilderness tidy of stray carrion. The owls and bats, hawks and ravens may have been excluded to keep the rodent population down. The gulls, storks and herons probably had a useful purpose in controlling sea pests.

I am thankful that Christ has now done away with these dietary restrictions, because ostrich meat is absolutely wonderful. But I have to admit, I am not too keen to try any of the other birds on the list. The duchifat, for example, I doubt any one of us will put on our menu. This colourful woodpecker-like flying creature is the state bird of Israel today!

LORD, thank you for the wonderful ecosystem you have created, and the usefulness you have built into all the creatures on this planet.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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