The Holy versus the Profane

We hear a lot of talk in certain circles about keeping God's Law or as some say, Keeping Torah. Unfortunately this is usually accompanied by a literal understanding of Torah, or Literalism. To some legalists, keeping Torah means making a big issue of not eating pork. The notion is that the gentile church is profaning themselves by eating 'swine's flesh'.

A literal understanding of Torah is that it means The Law of Moses. There we read that the swine is unclean.

And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase. Deuteronomy 14:8

To go beyond the literal meaning of this you can check out what it says in Ezekiel 44.

And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. Ezekiel 44:23

There the Lord makes it clear that the terms clean and unclean are types of what is holy and unholy, or profane.

What the Lord is doing here it to contrast Holy and Profane with Clean or Unclean. Seeking The Kingdom and it's righteousness can also be contrasted with self justification and self righteousness, which are filthy rags in the sight of the Lord, unclean and speaking of sin. Leprosy speaks of sin, and is used as a type of sin. The leper is considered unclean.

And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. Leviticus 13:45

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