“If you touch anything ritually unclean, like the carcass of an unclean animal, wild or domestic … you’re contaminated and you’re guilty.” Leviticus 5:2
The book of Leviticus taught the Israelites how to live a holy life to benefit their overall health and wellbeing. They saw the rules as a gift from a caring God. Today we have federal guidelines and rules and regulation to keep our food safe.
Years ago, I decided I wanted homegrown (before we called them “free range”) chickens for our deep freeze. I enlisted farmer friends to add an additional two dozen chicks to their spring inventory. A few months later, we scheduled a butchering day.
On the way to the farm, a scene flashed through my mind. I was a child standing by the fence watching my mother step on the head of a chicken and pull it off the body. I shook off the memory and wondered if I really wanted fresh, homegrown chicken.
After observing the farmers skin and gut a few chickens, I mustered up the courage to plunge my hand deep into the cavity of a chicken. Over forty-years later, I still remember how my hand recoiled as I felt the warm organs, and how my friends laughed when my eyes flashed a sense of horror. At that moment, I wondered if I really wanted fresh, homegrown chicken. They were worth the experience!
Dear God, help us understand that you love us enough to establish rules to save our lives. Amen.