One thing this chapter teaches is that God is interested in everything regarding the welfare of His people. These regulations are to do with public health issues. Pig meat has many parasites that are transferable to humans. Usual cooking methods do not kill these parasites, hence our tough Australian regulation of the pig industry.
“… To make a distinction between the unclean and the clean …”
This is a critical aspect of holiness, of being set apart.
That we have a way, a methodology, of sifting through what is in front of us in terms of clean or unclean.
This is what God gave to Israel here at that time. According to His wisdom and intent, He gave these rules to Israel.
David cries out in Psalm 51,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
A clean heart – David knew that there was more to God’s big plan than these rules. That they were a pointer and a symbol that leads to a deeper understanding.
Because it is the HEART that matters. And God’s word tells us in Jeremiah 17 that,
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick;”
So what confidence does David have to call out to God (repeatedly) for a clean heart?
Because he knew what Ezekiel prophesied, God’s words,
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
And we know that David looked forward to Messiah, Jesus our King, whose sacrifice made it possible for us to be born again from death into life. Unclean hearts made clean through His blood shed for us.
We stand in Christ’s atoning sacrifice, His righteousness placed over and upon us, His Spirit within us transforming us to be more like Him each day.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* God Above,
Please this day, and each day, refresh us in Your word. Aright our spirits, wash clean our hearts from the muck and dirt of the world.
Please make us more like Jesus.