Noah’s Arc 5

Posted: June 4, 2015 in Noah's Ark
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Welcome.  Last week we read that seven pairs of every kind of clean animal and seven pairs of every kind of clean
bird entered the ark.  These extra pairs of clean animals and clean birds were to fulfill the ceremonial burnt
offerings.  But which animals were considered clean?

Under the law of Moses, the following scriptures describe which animals and which birds were considered clean.

Leviticus 1:10  “If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, you are to
offer a male without defect.”

Leviticus 1:14  “If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or young pigeon.”

Leviticus 14:30  Then he shall sacrifice the doves or the young pigeons, such as a person can afford, one as
a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, together with the grain.

Although Noah lived before the law of Moses, somehow God or the Holy Spirit communicated to Noah which
animals were suitable for the burnt offering.  I believe the clean animals for burnt offerings were the same for Noah
and Moses.

To simplify, the sheeps, goats, doves and pigeons were considered clean animals for the burnt offering.  

The clean animal sacrifice represents faith in God and the clean animal symbolically takes the death due sinful man.

A finale note:  Moses was also told which animals were clean for eating.  They were the animals with the split hoof
and chewed the cud.  The cud is a part of the food that is regurgitated from the stomach to the mouth to be chewed
a second time.  These animals are not necessarily the clean animals that Noah was to sacrifice.  For example, the
dove and pigeon don’t have split hoofs.  They have three toes and four toes of a claw.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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