Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.…
The bat is a type of those people who seek both to walk in worldliness and to fly in heavenliness. Neither believers nor unbelievers; half for Satan, and half for God.
1. The vast majority of professing Christians belong, probably, to this genus. I have read of a Spanish bishop who took a strange way once of ending a controversy. The clergy in his diocese had been debating together in regard to the fate of Solomon in the other world. Some maintained that he was in heaven; others that he was in hell. They referred the matter at last to this dignitary. He thought he would gratify both parties. Accordingly, he ordered an artist to paint on the walls of his chapel a picture of the Jewish king, representing him as half in hell and half in heaven. Multitudes of people could only be represented in the same way.
2. This state of indecision in religion may arise from various causes.
(1) The fear of the world's laugh or frown may keep some from making a decided stand for God.
(2) With others, an attachment to some particular form of sin.
(3) The notion that there will be time enough yet to provide for a happy eternity.
3. However caused, this indecision is most unsatisfactory. Those in this state have neither the mirth of the sinner nor the happiness of the saint. "Woe to the double mind," says . "Of God's own they make a share — half to Him and half to the devil. But, indignant at such treatment, the Lord departs; and the devil gets all!"
4. Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.
5. Oh, why do you hesitate?
(1) Is there some sin you are unwilling to abandon? You are paying too dear, surely, for your pleasures, if you are paying for them with your life.
(2) Do you fear the frown or the laugh of the ungodly? Will the frown of God be easier to bear? Or will you wince less under the mockery of Satanic spirits?
(3) Do you put off to another time? Death may intervene. One of the rivers of America had been greatly swollen by the excessive rains. A man, who had gone out in a boat to secure some logs, drifted accidentally into the current. All resistance was useless. Rapidly his boat was making for the great falls a few miles down the river. Destruction stared him in the face. There was only one slight chance of escape. A friend, seeing his danger, leaped on a horse and galloped to a bridge which the skiff would pass under just before reaching the cataract. Getting there in time, be hung a rope over the parapet for the man to clutch the moment he attained the arch. It was his only chance. The man knew his peril. He stood ready to grasp the rope the instant it was within his reach. Suddenly he makes a spring. He has it. The boat glides rapidly from under him and is dashed to pieces on the rocks. He is pulled up by his deliverer and saved. There may be but a step between you and death. Grasp the rope now.
(A. F. Forrest.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
WEB: "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.