Join me on a journey through time. Back to a small town in the 1980’s. Like many small towns, this one has more churches than stoplights. One church, in particular, stands taller than the rest. St.John’s United. Open the ornate doors. Climb the squeaky stairs, past the “no confetti” regulatory sign, into the sanctuary. Red light from stained glass bathes the hardwood pews. Take a seat.
The title of today’s sermon is “How many legs does a grasshopper have?”. Please open your bible to: Leviticus 11:21-25
From the New World Translation:
21 “Only this is what YOU may eat of all the winged swarming creatures that go upon all fours, those that have leaper legs above their feet with which to leap upon the earth. 22 These are the ones of them YOU may eat of: the migratory locust according to its kind, and the edible locust after its kind, and the cricket according to its kind, and the grasshopper according to its kind. 23 And every other winged swarming creature that does have four legs is a loathsome thing to YOU. 24 So by these YOU would make yourselves unclean. 25 And everyone carrying any of their dead bodies will wash his garments, and he must be unclean until the evening.
From the New Student Bible (NIV):
21 There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.
24 “You make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses wil be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash his clothes, and he will be unclean until evening.
That’s right folks. Despite what you were taught in school, insects have four legs, not six.