Summary (Dietary law)

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The dietary law says nothing about what we can eat. Eating is a symbol for learning. It tells us who we should learn from, and who we should not learn from.

Each animal was used as a symbol for a type of teacher; some good, some bad.

God's 'play' was acted out by the Hebrews for many years and they did not know it was a play. God told them they would be a 'proverb' or 'parable'. These are other words telling us that their lives would be a symbol to teach the world about God.

The dietary law was just a small part of the play. As God taught which teachers we should choose, he taught about his character.

His desire for us is

to do good, not to curse us. He does not hide his treasure as the coney does. [1]
to do mercy, not judgement as the camel would do.
we know truth, and not believe just anything that comes along like the swine, or rabbits.
we pursue his word motivated by the love he has for us, like the clean fish.
we meditate on his word and allow it to produce a life dedicated to God.
  1. Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. [{expected … : Heb. end and expectation }]