Christians and the Old Testament Dietary Laws

The Cripplegate | 7/4/2019 | Website (Posted by) Level 3
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How should New Testament believers view the Old Testament dietary laws outlined in Leviticus 11?

This is an important question, not only because the answer affects what we can or can’t eat (like bacon cheeseburgers), but also because it relates to a deeper issue: the Christian’s relationship to the Mosaic Law.

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In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, [and] for training in righteousness.” Paul primarily had the OT in mind when he penned that verse. So, if all Scripture is inspired and profitable, then that must include passages like Leviticus 11.

In approaching a text like this, I believe we must ask three primary questions. These questions provide a basic framework for how to dig deeper into challenging portions of the Old Testament.

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While there might be additional questions to be asked of certain texts, I’m convinced these three questions can help us think accurately and deeply about the truth God has revealed in the first 39 books of our Bibles.

Let’s overview these questions quickly, and then we’ll use them to work through Leviticus 11.

Question - State - Way - Passage - Mean

FIRST, we need to ask a historical question, which we might state this way: What did this passage mean for its original audience?

SECOND, we ought to ask a theological question: What does this passage teach us about God and His expectations for people?

Question - Truth - God - Passage - Way

FINALLY, we are then able to ask a practical question: How should the truth about God revealed in this passage affect the way we live today?

When we come to the book of Leviticus we find the Israelites still camped at the foot of Mount Sinai, shortly after having received the Ten Commandments.

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