“Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.”
The LORD went through a list of principles for the diet that Israel was to eat. Verse 3 shows God’s requirement when it says, “Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.” Anything that met these requirements was acceptable, but anything that came short of these requirements was unacceptable. God used a camel as an illustration of what was unacceptable. The camel chewed the cud, but it didn’t divide the hoof; therefore, it was unclean and unacceptable for the Israelites to eat.
An important principle can be missed in these verses because of the repetition of illustrations. God used several illustrations that showed the animals, birds or fish that almost met the requirements for Israel’s diet, but they didn’t. Almost was not good enough for God. It was either right or wrong for His people to eat something. Let me give you several reminders concerning the importance of not accepting “almost” doing right as acceptable.
First, almost right is not right. God is a God of absolutes, and He never accepts something that is almost right. Whatever you do in life is either right or wrong. Almost right is totally wrong in God’s eyes. God has no gray areas where He accepts sin. You can’t almost do right. Almost doing right is like almost landing an airplane; you either landed or crashed the airplane, and you either obeyed or disobeyed God.
Second, never settle for less than right. It is important that you never settle for less than right in your walk with the LORD. Many parents make a great mistake by settling for less than right because their children almost did everything. Always remember that Satan will get you to almost do everything right, but it is the little wrong that he is trying to get you to accept as okay. Settling for almost right is always unacceptable to God, and it gives the mindset that the wrong committed is an acceptable action.
Third, less than right still displeases God. It didn’t matter to God how much of the animal met His requirements for their diet; He expected them to follow all of His requirements. Any person who didn’t follow God’s requirements was considered unclean. Likewise, no matter how much you did wrong, the wrong you committed is still considered sin to God. Almost doing right means that you absolutely did wrong. Many believers never deal with the “little” sin in their lives, and it is the “little” sins that God always judges. You can never please God by almost doing right. You please God by completely obeying all that He commands you to do.
Fourth, the mostly right never justifies the little wrong. Never fall into Satan’s trap of justifying your wrong because of the right you have done. God never justifies any sin. God says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:20) God didn’t say that soul that did a lot of sin shall die, but He said the “soul that sinneth…shall die.” It doesn’t matter how much good you have done; you still must deal with the wrong you have committed. You will never please God until you completely obey Him. My friend, stop justifying your “little” sin because of the good you do and realize the only way you will please the LORD is by complete obedience.