BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 273
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


WELL, WHAT ABOUT EATING MEAT?...III

Nardia said to Dad, “We have been looking at all sorts of things about animals and humans. But you still haven’t  found anything about eating meat. The TV show we saw last night said we shouldn’t kill and eat poor animals. It seems cruel to us too.”
So Dad looked up these verses  - Genesis 9:3,4:
“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life there-of, which is the blood there-of, shall ye not eat.”

Way back in the time of Noah, after the flood, God gave humans this order to eat meat. So it is not wrong for people to do that. It is not cruel, it is nec-ess-ary. But notice God says that we should not eat the blood in the meat. Not a nice subject maybe, but kids should get things right as well as adults, don’t you agree?
Before the flood God did not order people to eat meat.

People some times eat sausage with blood in it here in Australia. Australians call it "black pudding". But God does not want us to eat things like that. This re-strict-ion is for the Christian Church ( Acts 15:20). Some religions think this means they shouldn’t have blood trans-fusions. But this is not so.
Ask an adult if you don’t under-stand here.

 And there are other creatures that God does not like us to eat, things like shell fish that live on the droppings of other fish. God did not allow the Jewish nation to eat pork, or pig meat. But Christians have no such re-stric-tion.
But Nardia was still not convinced.
“I don’t believe Jesus would have let us eat meat. He was so kind, “ she grumbled.
So Dad showed her these verses:
“Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.”
(John 21:13).
Here you see Jesus preparing fish to eat, so He didn’t just eat vegetables and fruit.

“And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat,... “ ( Matthew 26:19).

Jesus was here eating the feast called the “passover.” Lambs were killed and eaten for passover. So we can see Jesus ate meat. Eating meat is not wrong, Jesus never ever did anything wrong.

Why is it nec-ess-ary for people to eat meat?
After the Great Flood, conditions on the earth became quite different than they had been before the Flood. The water canopy over the earth was gone. Before the Flood the earth was surrounded with an in-visible vapour blanket. It made the earth a healthier place to live on. But when God gave permission for humans to eat meat, things were very changed. Humans now needed animal protein to be strong and healthy. We are not strong enough without animal protein. So God provided for us to eat meat.

There is another reason God has given us meat to eat. He wants to show the great gulf between mankind and animals. The people on our earth who believe in “ev-o-lu-tion” are often the ones who say eating meat is wrong. They think that people “evolved” from apes! So they believe humans are just animals, and to eat meat is to eat your own relatives! But we have already seen that humans were made in a special way - in the image of God Himself. Animals are not made like we are.
We should always be kind and look after animals. We should take the food that God gives us to eat with thanks-giving to Him. We must be sure that we do not kill or hurt any living creatures for no good reason. God loves them too. He cares for all the birds and animals, but God says we are much better than they are:

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? “(Matthew 6:26).

Bye for now, see you tomorrow!

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