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[Ed. Note - These are the verses I read to the children for my service with the sermon Good Guys. They are from Leviticus and Mark. I changed some of the words for the children, to make it easier to understand. I took out the parts about sex, too. If you are old enough to read it on the web, you are old enough to read the unabridged version.]
A man named Leviticus told the Jewish people what they could eat, three or four thousand years ago:
9: These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath
fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them
shall ye eat.
Then, about two thousand years ago, someone asked Jesus about eating things. To understand this, you have to know that "defile" means "make unclean in the sight of the Lord".
(Mark, Chapter 7.)
18: And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do
ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into
the man, it cannot defile him;
(I asked; two adult members of the congregation had eaten chocolate covered grasshoppers, but no one had eaten a bat. The point I was trying to make was that if you were Jewish, you could be a good guy, in part, by eating some things and not eating others.)
[This was the Children's story for the service with the
sermon Good Guys. We have four
auxiliary pages for that service, in this order:
This is one of a series of homilies I wrote for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, in Modesto, California, from 2003 - 2014.