In the Book of Exodus, we read how God led the people of Israel out of Egypt through His servants; Aaron and Moses. After they had left the land, God started instructing them on what to do and what not to do. This came as a result of the fact that they had lived in Egypt for so many years, eating whatever the Egyptians ate.
When they came out, it became important to instruct them on the foods that they should eat and those they shouldn't eat. This applies to us since we are their descendants. Among the animals that God considers unclean, He made mention of some 4-legged animals when giving them the instructions.
He started by telling them the beasts that they should eat and the ones they should not eat. Those that they should eat possess 3 Characteristics which includes;
a) The animal should have a parted hoof.
b) It should be cloven-footed
c) It should chew the cud.
Any beast that doesn't do these, He regarded them unclean and shouldn't be eaten. For those who might not know what the above characteristics mean, the animal should have its foot divided into two with cloves and should chew the cud. Chewing the cud means regurgitating what has been eaten for a re-chew. Goat is an example of such animals.
While explaining further, God went on to list 4 of those animals as follows.
The problem with the Camel is that its hoof is not divided although it chews the cud. For this reason, it is considered an unclean animal.
2. The Coney.
Although this animal is not that popular in Nigeria like other animals, it is among the unclean animals. The reason why it is unclean is that its hoof is not divided just like the camel but also chew the cud.
3. The Hare.
The Hare is also a victim here. This animal chews the cud but the hoof is not divided hence, it is regarded as an unclean animal.
4. The Swine.
This is the animal that we commonly know as a pig. The problem with the Swine is that it doesn't chew the cud. If not for chewing the cud, its hoof is divided and it is cloven-footed. For not chewing the cud, it is unclean and for that, we should not eat so says God Almighty.
For better insights, let us read the Bible to hear from the Horse's mouth. Let us open to the book of Leviticus 11:1-8. KJV
Have you ever eaten any of them? Please share.
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