-This chapter describes the clean and unclean animals that God’s chosen people can and cannot eat as a part of their diet. Israel was a holy people and this list is the healthiest way to feed the physical body under the LORD’s direction since He knows all things. I think particular emphasis should be placed on the distinction between those animals that chew the cud, or elements of the earth, verses those that were ravaging animals that partook of dead flesh for their sustenance (Deuteronomy 14:1-21).
-Further, the tithe is commanded of the people when they come into the land which the LORD their God is going to give them. The tithe will be brought to the place God chooses to establish His Name, which will be Jerusalem. There there will be rejoicing and exchanges for those who live at a prohibitive distance for bringing goods and animals. This gives us insight into the corruption that Jesus faced when He cleared the Temple area from those exchangers who were profiting from men’s tithes and offerings designed to offer in worship before the LORD in a spirit of prayer and supplication (Deuteronomy 14:22-26, Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-18, Luke 19:45-46, John 2:13-17).
-Finally, the Levite was to never ever be neglected in their towns since they had no inheritance portion. At the end of every third year, a tithe of all the produce in that year was to be deposited in each town for the Levite, the alien, the orphan, and the widow so that they could come and eat and be satisfied. God’s purpose in this is obvious on the humanitarian side, but it also would ensure His continued blessings for all that their hands did in the area of productivity (Deuteronomy 14:27-29).
-*Application* Have you considered your diet lately? It is a big deal with God as we can see from His Law. The Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest in the world for a reason; God gave it and blessed it. Consider the things you put into your temple and glorify the LORD in your diet. This chapter gives us a great start in doing things rights for our physical longevity. Beyond that, this chapter teaches us that generosity is closely associated with the LORD’s blessings economically. Consider the less fortunate and give to them periodically with earnest intention. God promises to bless you for this.
Verse to Memorize: Deuteronomy 14:2