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“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Is repeated 3 times in our Bibles…….

 

· Exodus 23:19  The first of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of Yahweh your God. “You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

· Exodus 34:26  “You shall bring the first of the first fruits of your ground to the house of Yahweh your God. “You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

· Deut. 14:21  You shall not eat of anything that dies of itself: you may give it to the foreigner living among you who is within your gates, that he may eat it; or you may sell it to a foreigner: for you are a holy people to Yahweh your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

 

Whenever you notice such repetitions, sometimes they are evidence that the verse is more important than if it had only occurred once.

 

Re-read the verse again, looking for its context etc.

 

What could Yahweh possibly be trying to tell us in these verses?

 

In time, you will find many themes of the Bible setup and re-told in the same or similar ways (see poetic parallelism). This means that it is part of a Bible principle. The principle being stressed in these 3 places is:

 

Principle: BECAUSE YOU ARE SETAPART (HOLY), DO NOT ALLOW MIXTURE!

 

First part of verse: Bring the firstfruits of your ground to Yahweh.

Second part: Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

 

Q: What is the meaning of boiling a young goat in its mother’s milk?

A: Mixing life and death in the pot. (Or, do not worship Yahweh and the gods of the nations as well).

 

Information regarding this verse is small. The context does not seem to “fit” the general tone of the verse, so it appears to be “anachronistic” (out of place or time). But this may just be enough for us to miss its pattern. Look for ideas or themes in the verse, or in the immediate context.

 

All 3 verses are about the need for Israel to separate from the nations because of Yahweh’s setapartness (holiness).

 

Being a “priest” of Yahweh involves learning to distinguish between right and wrong, pure and impure, clean and unclean. One part of this is the truth that Yahweh does not approve of mixture that dilutes something of importance.

 

This could apply to worship, marriage, farming or even cooking.

 

In all of these things Yahweh gives us instructions to illustrate that principle.

 

WORSHIP: Exodus 32:4-5

 

At Mt Sinai, the Israelites lust for an idol to rally to in the absence of Moshe. Aaron agrees to take golden jewelry and make a molten image of a calf-god:

 

(4) He received what they handed him, and fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it a molten calf; and they said, “These are your gods, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”

(5) When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation, and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to Yahweh.”

 

In verse 5, Aaron tells them that this idol worship will be a festival to Yahweh. This shows that Aaron was trying to compromise with idolatry and believed that he could maintain some kind of control over this false worship even though he knew better. We now know that this is not possible, and a worshipper of Yahweh must flee from false worship!

 

When a person compromises with Satan, however small, the ultimate winner is Satan because there is no real gain in doing so for that person. As soon as he or she compromises, Satan has won.

 

MARRIAGE: Genesis 6:1-2

 

Very early in earth’s history, the righteous line intermarried with the line of the unrighteous. The result was great wickedness, and the reduction in years that a person was allowed to live. Their children were known as giants (men of great stature or renown).

 

Gen 6:1  It happened, when men began to multiply on the surface of the ground, and daughters were born to them,

Gen 6:2  that God’s sons saw that men’s daughters were beautiful, and they took for themselves wives of all that they chose.

 

FARMING: Leviticus 19:19

 

To emphasize this distinction of the Israelite nation, mixtures of many kinds were forbidden. Some experts have speculated that there was a scientific or spiritual reason for these rules, but we will examine them for their similarity against “mixing”.

 

(19) “‘You shall keep my statutes.

“‘You shall not crossbreed different kinds of animals.

“‘you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed;

“‘neither shall there come upon on you a garment made of two kinds of material.

 

Animals, seed and clothing. Each of these biblical commands are instructions designed to teach us to avoid worldly mixtures. So we should ask ourselves if we are learning these rules and building our lives upon the pure word of Yahweh. This will be easier if we have a pattern of consistency in every area of our lives, especially in matters of faith. Most religions speak very strongly against compromise, but in practice they very often try to hide any history of past failures in this regard. A worshipper of Yahweh is first and foremost a lover of the Truth, and this Truth will not only cause him or her to hold to high standards, but will also be sensitive to the pleading of the Spirit and repent of previous errors.

Popular religion however deadens this pleading of the Spirit. Time after time, the Church Fathers have given us traditions based upon “sanctified” pagan customs. These same Church Fathers tell us that the Sabbath and any holiday given by Yahweh to his people is inferior and not fitting for a spiritual people. Because the Bible condemns such thinking, the Spirit is gradually quenched as the religious follower ignores plain warning statements. The only path left to the Spirit of Yahweh is to leave the individual and wait for them to truly seek after right paths.

The Bible repeated tells us that spiritual idolatry is mirrored in the physical by marital adultery. We learn what Yahweh requires of us by learning to protect the marriage from anything that would harm it. The greatest danger is from women who do not love their husbands and give in to outside temptation. When a woman is defiled in this way it is called “adultery”. But the word adultery means to dilute by mixing. A woman who “mixes” seed from 2 men within her is a perfect illustration of what Yahweh is trying to prevent from happening in spiritual worship. The warnings not to mix kinds of animals, seed and thread show us not to dilute or adulterate the marriage covenant. Ultimately this is practice for maintaining the worship relationship we have with the Creator. People who unknowingly or knowingly mix the worship of the biblical god with that of the gods of the pagans cannot expect to please their spiritual husband.

As you come to a more biblical mind in this, you will find ways to apply the Torah principles in a fuller way than you would have if you simply saw each commandment as a simple rule or law. Try to understand the word “Torah” to mean “INSTRUCTION” AND NOT Law. The latter word is preferred by those who view a father’s rules as being limiting or demeaning. Instead, try to see even instructions like:

 

“Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk”

 

(Do not mix life and death in the same pot) (It also suggests respect for the animals’ feelings)

 

As opportunities to visualize a loving Creator’s instructions on life and relationship. Meditate on the meaning of this in your life.

 

Amen.

 

 

Miles Wilson

1st New Covenant Assembly

(formerly Messianic Home Fellowship)