Four Legged Fowl

While doing some studying on John the Baptist, I found some interesting scriptures that gave me the willies!

Leviticus 11:20-21 (KJV)
20 All fowls that creep, going on all four shall be an abomination unto you.
21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth. 
22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

The New English Translation says it this way.
Leviticus 11:20-21
20 Every winged swarming thing that walks on all fours is detestable to you. 
21 However, this you may eat from all the winged swarming things that walk on all fours, that have jointed legs to hop with on the land.
22 These you may eat from them: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, the grasshopper of any kind. 

The NIV says it this way.
Leviticus 11:20-21
20 All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you. 
21 There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat; Those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.
22 Of those you may eat any kind of are locust, katydid, cricket, or grasshopper.

The King James Version says these abominable things are fowl, which is a birdie, right?  It then goes on to describe insects. The other versions state they are insects right up front.  The KJV needs some help in biology.

In Leviticus, God says we are allowed to eat locust, katydids, crickets and grasshoppers.  Being permitted to do something and being expected to do it are two different things.  Thank you Jesus!  I hate bugs!

We have a lot of bugs where we live. We have bugs we have never seen before. I call them Dr. Seuss bugs because they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. We can't figure out if they are biting or stinging bugs, but some look like a cross between a wasp, a huge fly and a mosquito. They are wicked looking! The cats think they are great fun to play with if one gets in the house, but they don't eat them. They just play with them. We have grasshoppers and crickets, but we don't eat them. I did eat a dried grasshopper once, years ago. My mother bought them as a novelty and I was young and brave (stupid).  I've done that and don't have to do it again.  Once was enough, thank you.

I know they teach our troops how to eat bugs in survival training. I am not sure how I would fare when asked to munch a bug. Our society doesn't promote bug eating, something for which we are eternally grateful.

John the Baptist had a steady diet of locust and wild honey. A locust is sort of like a grasshopper with an attitude. The man dressed himself in a camel hair tunic and wore a leather belt. Locusts and wild honey were a common diet in desert regions. People who lived there would dry these critters and eat them.

Where am I going with this?  I have no idea.  I just found it fascinating and thought I would share it with you.

You're welcome. 

No, seriously, there is an important message here.  By now many of our readers are grossed out.  That's the point.  This man, John the Baptist was a stark contrast to the religious leaders of the day, many of which lived in luxury.  Obviously, he would stand out at a party.  The other leaders dearly wanted him to go away and stay away.  John the Baptist did not surround himself with the luxuries of the world.  He realized he needed nothing but the bare necessities to survive.  He wanted to be able to travel light and carry the word.  How many preachers would make the same sacrifices?  I don't see many hands going up...

Matthew 19:29 
And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

The Camel Hair Express to the desert is ready.  All Christians wanting to make a sacrifice for the Lord will be boarding in just a few moments. Refreshments will be served.

- Rod
I gotta go brush my teeth

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