The verse has been misunderstood to mean people shouldn’t eat meat and milk during the same meal. Yet, even if that meaning was true, the truth isn’t timeless. Abraham himself had no qualms in serving both together—even to God (take a peek at Gen. 18:8)!
Although all of the Bible’s commands for dietary laws aren’t represented in modern Israel, the fact that any are observed serves as a powerful illustration of what God first intended the diet code to accomplish.
Even in the Garden of Eden, with the first dietary law given to eat from any tree except one (Gen. 2:16-17), God’s command centered around one question.
Would they obey?
But food also had another purpose.
What Kosher Laws Taught God’s People
When we read Leviticus 11, we notice the repeated words “unclean to you.” These dietary commands represented a microcosm of the life of a Hebrew.
Unclean animals represented pagan nations.
Clean animals represented the Hebrew nation
The sacrificial animals represented the priests.
Food illustrated and facilitated this separation. It taught God’s people to make a distinction between what is clean and unclean—or holy and unholy.