Leviticus teaches about the holiness of God and what’s necessary to draw near to Him. After Aaron’s sons die for approaching YHVH contrary to His commands, (Leviticus 10) YHVH immediately addresses the people in Leviticus 11 with the topic of clean and unclean animals for the purpose of eating. Why would He put that topic in the middle of the instructions for approaching His presence? Could it be there is a direct correlation between the foods we eat and being ritually clean? Apparently so because it’s the first in a list of conditions YHVH describes for making a person ritually clean for drawing near to Him. I was very surprised by the detail that went into His list of what could and couldn’t be eaten. These conditions were put in place so a person could enter the tabernacle of YHVH, His very presence, to bring their sacrifices and offerings in order to draw near to Him.
Again, I wondered how it applied to today, after all, there is no longer a temple in Jerusalem, and if there was, I don’t get to visit it due to distance. However, I remembered a passage that taught my body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6 mentions food and sexual immorality in the same chapter. Verses 19-20 says -
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
I think there is something to be said about what followers of Yeshua should eat and not eat, but don’t take my word for it. I know many are agreeing with my title right now, but I hope to challenge you once again to study the issue for yourself.