Saturday, October 4, 2014


Today’s Reading: Leviticus 11-12

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This Desert Horned Viper can be found in Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, Israel and Arabia. Satan, Lucifer, once one of the most beautiful angels in Heaven, the enemy of all that is holy, is called "That Old Serpent" in the book of Revelation (Revelation 12:9 and 20:2).

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Key Verse: Leviticus 11:44a

For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.


God is holy! The four living creatures in Revelation 4:8 worship God by saying, “Holy, holy, holy.” God’s Word to us is, “be holy.” Self righteousness is as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6); therefore, in God’s eyes, being holy is not attained by keeping the food regulations found in these chapters. These requirements may be good for your health, but keeping them does not make one holy. Romans chapter 4 is an important New Testament reading in order to understand the holiness God provides for us. Please do as I have done this morning and read 1 Peter 1:13-16. You’ll discover that God’s Word makes it clear that we are to live holy lives. We are holy before God and are to consistently conduct ourselves in a godly way.


I realize, Lord God, that, like Abraham, I am righteous before You by faith, and like Abraham I am to demonstrate righteousness by obedience. Grant me grace to conduct myself in a righteous way, doing what is right before You and before people. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!


At a gathering of Pork Producers of Ontario, I was asked to say the blessing over a feast which featured, what else, roasted pork. I thought about my late Father-in-law, Godfrey Rutledge, who prayed over one meal at our dinner table, “Lord if You can bless under grace what You cursed under Law, bless this food.” Needless to say, he did not partake, but the rest of us enjoyed our meal, pork included. I thought of my own Dad, who spent over 20 years in Egypt. He said that the pigs ate the garbage and so he would not eat pork there, but here he enjoyed it greatly. As I prayed about my blessing for the Pork Producers, I saw in my mind’s eye the vision of Peter with the unclean animals in the sheet let down from Heaven. There, in my imagination, I saw a pig front and centre on the sheet. I blessed the meal with a clear conscience. I’ve just read again Acts 10:9-16.

Yours for holy living,



10 thoughts on “Saturday, October 4, 2014

  1. Let us be reminded by Peter’s wise and loving words of scripture about living right before God our Father, to “Be holy, for I am holy” 1 Pet 1:16.

    Accordingly, we gird up the loins of our mind, we are sober, and rest our hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. And as obedient children, we do not conform ourselves to the former lusts, that were out of our ignorance; but as He who has called us is holy, we also are holy in all our conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” We vow to be holy, to the sancity of You, Oh Lord–our one and Living God.

    Thanks for your personal example about praying at the pork producers luncheon, David Mainse, following in the steps of Peter, envisioning the sheet dropped down from heaven with the pig, front and center, and giving a clear consciene blessing! Amen, fine Sir!

    Blessings to all saints, today, may we be singing in worship and praising in our hearts to our Risen King on this fine fall Saturday!

  2. Thank You Lord for Your provision of The Perfect Sacrifice and for all You provide, especially at this Thanksgiving time.

  3. It’s interesting to note that researchers think that the ebola virus comes from fruit bats. And yet we eat pork in Canada.
    Very interesting study today Rev. DM. Thank you for your comments.
    Got the book “Fall and Rise” of Israel. Bought it second-hand and it even has the author’s signature in it from 1954. Thanks so much for recommending it. So enjoying learning about the cradle of civilization.
    Have a day filled with God’s blessings.

  4. Pastor David, thanks for sharing your story and your prayer for the meal at the Pork Producers’ gathering. Praise God Jesus has set us free from the clean and the unclean law, for we are washed clean by His Precious Blood.
    Thank You Father that my righteousness comes from you In Christ Jesus, nothing that I have done.
    Psalm 40: 2 “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
    40:3 And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:…”
    What a Glorious Day, the Day that the Lord has made!!! I will rejoice and be glad in it.

  5. Praise the Lord for this blog! when we eat pork it is cooked thoroughly. The fruit bat’s that may contain the ebola virus are not cooked, I don’t think, my prayer is that ALL people will look to God, confess their sins, get baptized if they are not already and receive forgiveness from God and begin to live their lives serving the Lord. Tall order! Not with God’s help!
    Prayer is powerful.! HOWEVER if 10, 100, 1,000 pray, it’s a sweet aroma going up to Heaven. I pray the Holy Spirit will call people to Jesus Christ! Pray without ceasing! Blessings to all.

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