Notes: March 23, 2008 – Leviticus 11 & 12

The Israelites were not vegetarians; but the kinds of meat that they consumed was restricted by God’s dietary laws.

I.  Four-legged beasts must have split hooves and they must chew the cud (Lev. 11:1-8)

II. Water creatures must have fins and scales (Lev. 11:9-12)

III. Some birds were forbidden, notably scavenger birds (Lev. 11:13-19)

IV. Some insects were acceptable (Lev. 11:20-28)

V. Reptiles and some smaller mammals are forbidden (Lev. 11:29-30)

VI. Transference of uncleanness (Lev. 11:31-40)

VII. The proper attitude toward unclean creatures (Lev. 11:41-43)

VIII. The reason for these dietary restrictions (Lev. 11:44-47)


Uncleanness by giving birth

I. To a male child (Lev. 12:1-4)

II. To a female child (Lev. 12:5)

III. The required sin offering (Lev. 12:6-8)


Meditation Points:

For I am the Lord that bringeth you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy (Lev. 11:45)

  • Because God said so.  Isn’t that enough reason for doing something, or for not doing something?
  • Would you be willing to forgo pork chops and shrimp? What about lion, dog, cat and rat? And no more chocolate-covered ants!  But grasshopper soup is okay.
  • How do we learn what is right and wrong unless someone lists concrete examples and principles for us to follow?  God gives us His law.
  • Child-bearing results in uncleanness? And female children require a longer time of cleansing for the mother.