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