the daily purge 5-23-16

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Good pork gravy! It’s a piggy bank (but not a real Wolfgang Puck piggy bank, that’s cruel). If I had a million dollars I might have been able to stuff it in this bank using $10,000 (Salmon Chase) dollars bill. Speaking of pork gravy, The Purging Lutheran was reading about the cloven flames that hovered over the heads of the apostles on the day of Pentecost. If you have ever wondered what constitutes a kosher vs non-kosher meal, this might help. It’s a case of mixing and matching cloven hooves and cud. If an animal has cloven hooves AND eats cud from the ground (lamb, sheep) it is safe to eat. If an animal has cloven hooves but does not eat cud (swine) then, no. If an animal hasn’t cloven hooves but eats cud (horse) then, again, no. I don’t know how fish and animals from the sea are determined but I think it has to do with whether it scavenges for its food (bad) like a crawdad or a fish that doesn’t have scales. Of course all these rules were rescinded by God when he showed Peter all the foods he was allowed to eat.

Acts 10:9-16

Peter’s Vision
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

It must have been difficult for Peter and the others to accept this new thinking. It didn’t mean they had to eat shrimp or swine or other once non-kosher animals but they could but it would have been difficult to witness to people who had to give up ham and cheese sandwiches for a saving grace relationship with Jesus Christ. But I suspect that Peter, etal at least tried to eat a breakfast of bacon, ham, eggs and milk. I’m not speaking from the perch of authority so differing views are welcome.

John 2:15   So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

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