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Bible DID YOU KNOW?: Sevens & Twos

Don’t let the cap and stole fool you, I got my degree in 2015. No need to adopt me. Felt good wearing them again though. I’m trying something different called “Bible Did You Know?”. Pray I can say what is in scripture and not lead anyone astray.

Whether you grew up in a church or not you have heard at least once the timeless story about Noah’s Ark and the great flood. A long time ago people of the Earth had grown so wicked that God decided He was going to wipe the Earth clean. How was He going to do that- with a massive flood. But one man, Noah, and his family, God found favor in and decided to spare them. He gave them the heads up and instructed Noah with his family to build a great vessel called called an Ark. God even told him what materials to use as well as the measurements. He was also instructed Noah to round up two of every animal and fowl upon the earth to take with him and his family. Let’s pause right there.

DID YOU KNOW…..

that all the creatures of this world did not come into Noah’s ark just in twos.

“You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.”Genesis‬ ‭7:2-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Seven of every clean animals, says the Bible. Clean and unclean in this case refers to an animal being kosher or not kosher; okay to consume or not okay to consume. Leviticus 11 as well as Deuteronomy 14 gives a description on what kinds of insects, animals, sea animals, and fowl are good and not good to consume.

I won’t go into too much detail due to its length and I want you to go to scripture for yourself, to sum it up, according to Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, whatever animal divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chews the cud we may eat. Water creatures we may consume if it has fins and scales and lives in the seas or rivers. Regarding fowl, one should refrain from birds such as eagles, vultures, buzzards, and more. Regarding insects, we may consume the locust and crickets, but other insects are a no go.

If we researched, we would learn that this is for health reasons. Not because God wants us to keep us from good eating. I once had popcorn shrimp thinking it was popcorn chicken. To be honest, that was some good stuff. But what taste good might not always be good for you. For example the buzzards and vultures of the air consume the rotting carcasses of dead animals you often see on the side of the road. Catfish(please don’t stone me for this) may be fish and may indeed taste good, but they do not have scales as the Bible says an eatable fish should, and they live in the mud. A pig will eat anything, including garbage. While it does have a split hoove it doesn’t chew its cud like a cow; ox; sheep; goat;, deer; gazelle; roe deer; wild goat; ibex; antelope; and mountain sheep.

I leave you with these two questions, why do you think God would tell Noah and his family to gather more of the clean animals than the unclean ones? Why is the detail about the seven clean animals often omitted when the story is told?


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By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. I’m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. I’m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

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