Words to Live By from Pastor Robert Kendall
You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.
ESV, Deuteronomy 14:21
Holiness in all of Life
Since we crashed through three chapters on Sunday, we had to skip over so many great insights into the character of God. The end of the clean/unclean list in Deuteronomy 14 gives a cryptic command not to boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. While no one knows exactly why God commanded this, some theorize God never intended that which gives life (a mother goat’s milk) to be used to take life (by boiling her young). If this interpretation is correct, it demonstrates God’s desire to teach us the sanctity of life in every aspect of our day. Yes, we may kill, boil and eat goats, but even as we do that, we should do it humanely and in recognition of the life given so that our life might benefit. In this way, even simple tasks such as preparing dinner can deepen our appreciation for the life we have in Jesus Christ. We can embrace milk as having life-giving nutrients, and the young goat as life-giving meat. Israel was called to keep the two distinct so as to prize the value of life…both physically and spiritually. We too can take note of the life around us and deeper appreciate both our physical and spiritual life in Christ. After all, Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full. I pray you find ways to embrace this life this week.
Living life to the full with you,
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