Insects! Yum, Yum! 

Old Testament: Lev 11.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 10–12 on February 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Have you ever eaten an insect, at least willingly? I have had chocolate covered ants, fried baby bees, and silk worms. I got sick later that night! 

For the most part, the Lord did not allow Israel to eat insects, but he did make some exceptions: 

“All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you. Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth. These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you.”

– Leviticus 11.20–23 

Here in America it may not be common to eat insects, but in many other parts of the world some insects form part of the diet. 

Sometimes it is the only food available. If that is the case, it is good to know that we can eat them, but the children of Israel could only eat certain ones. 

Questions: 

  • Have you eaten insects? 
  • Could you eat them if you were starving? 

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