Examine the signs of insects to distinguish between those which are kosher and non-kosher

The Literal Commandment

Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth. (Leviticus 11:21)

 

The literal commandment is that we may eat winged insecs which walk on all fours and have jointed legs above their feet with which to jump.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Some have asked about Mark 7:19. Messiah was speaking of ritual impurity resulting from eating bread with unwashed hands. We recommend this detailed study of that passage if you have additional questions.

 

Pictures of Messiah

G-d created the heaven, the earth, the sea and everything that is in them. (Psalm 146:6) He did so with an intended structure and order. Part of that intended order was that certain birds were created for food and other birds were not. This was recognized from the beginning as even Noah recognized the difference between clean and unclean animals (Genesis 7:2-9).

In a similar manner, there is a certain individual in G-d's order who would save the world from sin: the Messiah Yeshua. There is no other person intended for that purpose. Attempting to find salvation in anyone (or anything) else is akin to eating an insect not intended for food or intending to marry your sister: G-d says 'no'.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

We know that Messiah did not sin (Hebrews 4:15) and so we know Messiah fulfilled this commandment by examining the signs of insects to distinguish between those which are kosher (suitable or proper) and non-kosher (improper).

 

Traditional Observance

Traditional observance of this commandment is found in its literal sense: examining the signs of insects to distinguish between those which are kosher and non-kosher. The details of those signs are found in Leviticus 21 and Deuteronomy 14.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and should examine the signs of insects to distinguish between those which are kosher and non-kosher.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 179
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 26- Forbidden Foods
  • Reference Leviticus 11:21
  • Scripture Book Leviticus
  • Chapter 11
  • Verse 21
  • English Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth.
  • Hebrew כא אַךְ אֶת-זֶה, תֹּאכְלוּ, מִכֹּל שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף, הַהֹלֵךְ עַל-אַרְבַּע: אֲשֶׁר-לא (לוֹ) כְרָעַיִם מִמַּעַל לְרַגְלָיו, לְנַתֵּר בָּהֵן עַל-הָאָרֶץ.
  • Greek 21 ἀλλὰ ταῦτα φάγεσθε ἀπὸ τῶν ἑρπετῶν τῶν πετεινῶν, ἃ πορεύεται ἐπὶ τέσσαρα· ἃ ἔχει σκέλη ἀνώτερον τῶν ποδῶν αὐτοῦ πηδᾶν ἐν αὐτοῖς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
  • Parashah 26- Shemini
  • Positive/Negative Positive
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 158
  • Sef. Hach. Command The precept of examining the signs of locusts, if they are kosher
  • Category Food
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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