Do you ever read some parts of the Bible and just think, “what on earth does that have to do with my life?” Its okay, you can be honest in answering that question. If we are truly honest all of us would probably have to say that from time to time the answer to that question is a big fat “yes.” This is not the Bible’s fault but our fault. The truth is that if a person looks long enough, hard enough, and pure enough into any passage of Scripture the Holy Spirit will show in some way how that passage of Scripture relates to life in 2011.
One such passage is in Exodus 23:19: “Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.” Okay, I am pretty sure that no one reading this will ever be tempted to kill a goat and then boil its meat in the same pot that its mothers’ milk is already being heated up in. So do we just skip over this verse and go to something more relevant. Not at all! This verse is very relevant. Remember, “Look long enough, hard enough, and pure enough.”
When reading this verse we must realize that to boil a baby goat in its mother’s milk was not bad in and of itself. What made this practice bad was that this was what all the other pagan peoples that surrounded Israel did as part of their pagan religious rituals. God did not want his people to do anything that looked like pagan worship. God wanted His people to be different. God wanted His people to be separated for Himself. He wanted and still wants His people to be distinct in a good way. So, what would the application of this verse look like today?