Leviticus 11 Outline
– God instructed Moses about clean and unclean animals (Leviticus 11:1-3)
– Unclean animals that either only chew the cud or have a split hoof (Leviticus 11:4-8)
– Unclean creatures of the water that do not have scale or fin (Leviticus 11:9-12)
– Unclean birds (Leviticus 11:13-19)
– Clean insects with jointed legs and unclean insects that crawl on all four (Leviticus 11:20-25)
– Unclean animals that either has a split hoof not completely divided or does not chew cud (Leviticus 11:26-28)
– Unclean animals that move on the ground (Leviticus 11:26-29)
– What to do if the carcass of an unclean animals fall on a clay pot, oven, pot, seed or cistern or other items (Leviticus 11:30-38)
– Anyone that touch an unclean animal must wash his clothes and he will remain unclean until evening (Leviticus 11:39-40)
– Unclean animals that crawls on the belly, walk on all fours or on many feet (Leviticus 11:41-42)
– Instruction for the Israelites to consecrate themselves from the unclean animals because God is holy (Leviticus 11:43-45)
Leviticus 11 Summary
In Leviticus 11, God instructed Moses regarding a list of clean and unclean animals as food. In Leviticus 11:1-3, animals that have divided hoof and chew the cud are clean and can be eaten as food.
In Leviticus 11:4-8, some animals that either only chew the cud or have a split hoof are unclean and cannot be eaten as food such as camel, coney, rabbit, and pig.
In Leviticus 11:9-12, anything living in the water that has fins and scales can be eaten. But anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales are detestable and cannot be eaten.
In Leviticus 11:13-19, the birds that are detestable and cannot be eaten are eagle, ossifrage, and the ospray, vulture, kite, raven, owl, night hawk, cuckow, hawk after his kind, little owl, cormorant, great owl, swan, pelican, gier eagle, stork, the heron after her kind, lapwing, and the bat.
In Leviticus 11:20-23, the winged insects that have jointed legs are clean and can be eaten such as the locust, bald locust, beetle and grasshopper. The winged insects that does not have jointed legs and walk on all fours are to be detested and cannot be eaten.
In Leviticus 11:24-28, Every animal that has a split hoof not completely divided or does not chew cud is unclean. Any animal that walk on its paws is unclean. The Israelites are not to touch any of the unclean animal’s carcass. If someone touch a carcass, he must wash his clothes and he will remain unclean until evening.
In Leviticus 11:29-38, animals that move on the ground are unclean including weasel, mouse, tortoise after his kind, ferret, chameleon, lizard, snail, and mole. If a carcass of the unclean animal fall into a clay pot, on a oven or pot, everything in It will become unclean and must be broken. If the carcass of the unclean animal fall on a food that has water or a liquid that can be drunk, it will be unclean. If the carcass of the unclean animal fall on the seed that has water, it will be unclean. If the carcass fall on a seed that has no water, the seed will remain clean. If the carcass of the unclean animals fall into a cistern, the water in the cistern will be clean but the person who touch the carcass will be unclean.
In Leviticus 11:39-46, if a person touch a clean animal that die, he will be unclean until evening. He will have to wash his clothes. Any animal that crawls on the belly, walk on all fours or on many feet are detestable.
Leviticus 11 Bible Study
1. Keep yourself holy for God
Leviticus 11 is about a list of clean and unclean animal that can or cannot be used as food. Although everything God created is good, there are clean and unclean animals according to God. It is only under the Old Testament that the Israelites are to observe the laws that apply to clean and unclean animals. Under the New Testament, all foods can be eaten. In Acts 10:15, and the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. In Romans 14:14, Paul said that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. However, if the food you eat cause another brother to fall, you should not eat it because God commands us to live in peace with one another (Romans 14:20). We must be holy for God by carrying our cross and obeying all his commandments. In 1 Peter 1:16, because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. In all that you do, you must put God first in your life (Matthew 6:33; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17).