Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ruminant(e)s for today

Do not seethe a kid it its mother's milk.........Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26 and Deut. 14:21........
What does it really mean? What is the spiritual significance? Hmmmm.
Since we do not believe it means the complicated scenario of ending up not eating any meat with any dairy and having lots of sinks and stoves and dishes, etc......where did that leave us?
We have goats, eleven of them to be precise. They were a kind of biblical object lesson when it started out, in addition to a home school project and responsibility builder. We wanted to know why the goat got the short end of the staff so to speak, in the Bible. Now we know.... Basically, they are always trying to get out of the pen....always "jumping out of the Torah fences" so to speak. Always trying to get away from the "protected place" we made for them. Anyway, back to the verse.
Kid in Strong's is 5795: A she goat, goats hair, she goat, kid.
Seethe is 1310: To boil up, be done, to ripen
Milk is 2461: to be fat - milk- the richest or choice part of kine (kine means the plural of cow from a long time ago)
Mother's is 517: As the bond of the family, dam, mother, X parting (which means it is from a Hebrew idiom, only trouble is, we don't know what the idiom is.....)

So, that didn't do much for the verse but make it look weird: In essence that reduced it to something resembling "Do not ripen a she goat in the bond of the family's cow's richest part"....... lol.... So, we looked at context instead. The verse was always right in the middle of the dietary instructions and the Feast instructions.
With a little more research we found this quote:

From the Ugaritic literature, it is now known that a Cannanite ritual included just such a thing, i.e., boiling a kid in milk. From the tablet entitled “The gods pleasant and beautiful,” line 1 4 reads: “boil a kid in milk, a lamb in butter.” Cassuto also notes (Exodus Commentary) that this is still the practice among Bedouins to this day.

So, since we read in Deut. 14:21: Do not eat whatever dies of itself. Give it to the stranger who is within your gates, to eat it, or sell it to a foreigner. For you are a set-apart people to Yahweh your Elohim. Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
This would indicate to us that the reason for not cooking a goat in its mother's milk is to keep us separated from pagan practices. There should be no disregard for life and inhumane practices connected with the worship of Yahweh.

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