This is just a review of the dietary laws and rules of worship. Don’t forget god hates shrimp! There’s a complete list of all the forbidden birds – mostly species that no one would consider eating (buzzard anyone?), including of course the bat! And then these curious instructions – “You must not eat anything that has died a natural death. You may give it to a foreigner living in your town, or you may sell it to a stranger.” (v 21 NLT) What foreigner or stranger? You just killed them all!
Finally there’s something good in v 1-11! Although there’s a contradiction – v 4 says there will be no poor people in the Promised Land; then v 11 says there will always be poor among you. Well which is it?
This section ends in the middle of chapter 16 with yet ANOTHER review of the holidays. Verse 18 begins a new section on community and religious leaders. (Again, who edited this book??) But at least it starts off on a positive note – “You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly. Let true justice prevail” (NLT). Why don’t Christians heed these verses as diligently as they follow some others in the book?