Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.…
I take selfishness to be the leading characteristic of the raven. It has no pity and no generosity. With it "number one" is the only number.
1. God did not mean man to be like the raven. The happiness of the creature, like the happiness of the Creator, was to be in giving, and not in receiving.
2. What happiness thus did God intend for the human race! Nothing to hurt or destroy could even enter a society in which love held undisputed sway.
3. But the unhappy revolt of man from God, and his assertion of independence, effectually prevented the accomplishment of the Divine purpose.
4. Before, therefore, the mischief effected by the Fall of man can be adequately repaired, we must find that which will destroy the selfishness of man's heart.
5. The gospel of Jesus Christ, alone of all religious systems, has recognised this important fact, and proposed to remove the disorder by removing the cause.
6. The sufficiency of this remedy for man's disease has received abundant proof.
7. The early Christian Church affords us just such a spectacle of unselfish enthusiasm on behalf of the race as we would have anticipated from the renewal of men's hearts, and the restoration to them of the lost principle of benevolence.
8. Is it asked why in this age we have not a repetition of Pentecostal phenomena? The explanation is to be found in the character of those who are now entrusted with the commission to preach the gospel. The Christian of this age is only partially restored from his enmity against God, partially cared of his disease.
(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.