Unclean Animals – 2013
“For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written” (1 Corinthians 9:9–10a).
Throughout Scriptures, we see that the Lord constantly speaks to men using parables, types, or figures. Many times, He uses examples of things or animals to refer to His people. For example, He says that we are His vineyard (Isaiah 5:1). He also calls us His sheep (John 10:14). On another occasion he calls us “my dove” (Song of Solomon 2:14).
We also see that, in the law of Moses, the Lord gave His people a list of animals that, to them, would be unclean animals—animals of which they must not eat, or even touch (if they were dead animals) so that they would not be contaminated. But was God only concerned that His people should not be contaminated by eating the flesh of any of these animals? Or did God leave this list of animals to give us a message deeper than that of not eating them? As Paul said to the Corinthians: “For our sakes, no doubt, this is written.”
In this course, we will study some truths that God wants to give us through the animals that He has called “unclean.” We will see that something exists that can contaminate us much more than simply eating them; for, as the Lord Jesus said: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man” (Matthew 15:11).
Pastor Oscar Bustamante