Purpose: Show Sin

‘These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers — that you may eat. But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales — that shall be an abomination to you. Lev 11:9-12

A question came up at church when one of the women said what a difficult book Leviticus was to read.
I’ll agree. It is a hard book to take in with difficult laws, prescribed sacrifices, and harsh penalties.

We took one of the basics and talked about unclean food, which would include some southern favorites like fried shrimp and catfish or boiled crawfish. Under the law it is an abomination to eat such. Ham, bacon, and pork chops are also included in another section. Though no penalty was given.
The word for abomination in this section means filthy.

Compare this to other abominations and there is a difference.
For instance, the sins mentioned in Leviticus 18 and 19 the word abomination means something morally disgusting, an abhorrence, or idolatrous.
The penalty for violating these laws ended in death.

It seems some sin demanded the death penalty and others a sacrifice.
Does that have anything to do with what the Apostle John said?
If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. 1 John 5:16-17

The whole purpose of the Law (and Leviticus) is to show that all sin, even in the small things. So all need Jesus as Savior to cover that sin!

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