Devotional Readings, Reflections on Israel

Deuteronomy 14 – Discussions on the bus….

Thirty Five hundred years ago God set down His word to his chosen people Israel. Included in this word are some dietary rules.

Please note I am neither a seminarian nor a trained theologian, these reflect only my own Bible reading observations, which are enriched by having actually visited Israel. Also please forgive any wording errors, I am quite PC, which I define as Proofreading Challenged

Clean and Unclean Food

Deu 14:1  Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Deu 14:2  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Deu 14:3  Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

You can read the rest that details all the dietary rules. I remember this discussion with our tour guide, Ze’ve, the wolf, as we drove around the countryside.

Ze’ev (Hebrewזְאֵב / זאב zeév) is a masculine given name relatively common among Ashkenazi Jews, especially those living in the State of Israel. It is a Biblical name, adapted from a reference to Benjamin in Genesis as a “wolf that raveneth.” It re-appeared in relatively recent times as a translation of the Yiddish name װאָלף “Volf” or “Wolf,” meaning literally “Wolf” in English. The name “Wolf” (in German) was relatively common among Germans.

The Bible mentions a person directly named Ze’ev, one of the Midianite leaders defeated by the Judge Gideon (see Oreb and Zeeb). However, the identical modern name is not derived from this character, an ancient enemy whom later Jews had no reason to emulate. Wikipedia 

The various rules as to what they were permitted to eat.

Audio is here..

As for our group, we ate too much, and way too many falafel and shawarma!

We also discussed. The ideas of the tithes and the money changing which were to occur outside the main temple area in later years. This text predates that. In this text here you will also seen a different dimension to the enjoyment of the tithes.

1 thought on “Deuteronomy 14 – Discussions on the bus….”

  1. Btw….Paul has some great words on both the spiritual Rock, which we read about in Matthew 16 and the dietary rules as they relate to idols.

    This also brings to mind the communion we shared together in Israel.

    1Co 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
    1Co 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.


    1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

    1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.


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