The Creeping Things

Around 2002 I was settled in my room reading my Bible and I had the television on a PBS channel which was an undersea video with Leonard Nimoy narrating it. I had muted it with the remote controller and set the remote on my bedside table.

I often like to read one verse at a time and then reflect on it. I like having the tv on with just pictures of nature so I can look at something while I am ruminating on the verse.

I was reading in Leviticus where first, Leviticus 11:41  And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.

Then, in verse 43 it said: LE 11:43  Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.

And finally, 11:44  For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So, by the time I am reading verse 44, it is 3 times that He has driven the point home!  I looked up at the tv screen and the beautiful ocean floor was displayed. I asked the Lord HOW can a person defile themselves with the creeping things?

The very thought was repulsive to me! I reasoned that I would either have to eat one or use one sexually and even though I was sickened at the thought of anything with these creeping things, I wondered why God would have to say this law more than 3 times?

So, I asked YaHoVaH, why the repetition-or is it different things?  The moment I finished my thought the television came off the muted setting (all by itself) and the voice of Leonard Nimoy clearly said, “Now, these are the creeping things of the ocean floor…the lobster, shrimp, and other crustaceans. They are the scavengers which eat the dead remains which settle on the sea’s ground.”

I was shocked! I was so excited that I could hardly stand it! God had used the television to answer me!  I knew immediately that I was to not eat shellfish and now I saw where it was in His Word!  God is such a gracious and loving Father! I am so honored!

Here’s the thing in brief:  After the sheet was dropped down to Peter, Gentile men arrived to gather him, he then knew that the LORD was permitting him to go to the home of a Gentile. He says that in Acts 10:28 (KJV)
28  And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

This is how the salvation was then spread to the nations, but we never find Peter eating anything unclean when left to his own understanding of how to serve YaHoVaH.  Unclean animals were not considered food.


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