Fat and your heart: Leviticus 7

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Today’s reading: Leviticus 5-7

If you’re like me, you read that God forbids the people to eat fat and wonder if he just wants to protect them from heart disease. Perhaps God does want to preserve our arteries, but his prohibition of fat has more to do with our spiritual than physical health.

“Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it. Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which an offering by fire may be made to the LORD must be cut off from his people.’ ”  Leviticus 7:23-25

To understand this command, you need to follow this word for fat through the Old Testament. The Hebrew is cheleb, and it first shows up in Genesis…

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