Don’t get excited, ‘kid’ here means a baby goat. And yes, people in ancient times would boil a kid in its mother’s milk. Some scholars say that this was done by some ancients in the middle east in their worship of their gods. Yehovah (the LORD) told the Israelites several times to not copy the nations’ practices in worship to Him.
“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.” Deuteronomy 14:21 (ESV)
This command gave rise to Judaisms’ complex set of rules about dealing with meat and milk products. They started with this command, and in their wish to not even accidentally break, or even appear to break, this command, fences upon fences were built around this command until it looks like what it does today, where dairy and meat products should (ideally) be stored in separate refrigerators and served on separate dishes, hours apart. Silly you say?
Well, at the other end of the spectrum we have Christianity taking a simple command such as “don’t eat blood” and building theology upon theology upon it stating that any “Old Testament” laws are not to be followed as “we are not under law, but under grace.”
“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.” Deuteronomy 12:32 (ESV)
God is clear that He doesn’t want us to add to or take from His words. Judaism loves to add to it (and I doubt any Christians out there will disagree with this, though Jews would), and Christianity loves to take away from His word (and I doubt any Jews would disagree with this, though Christians would vehemently disagree).
How do Christians take from His word? Well, lets start with the command for not eating blood. That is actually also found in the “New Testament” in a letter written to all Gentile churches (Acts 15:22-29). The letter also mentions that you shouldn’t eat meat from a strangled animal. (Ever hear either of these talked about during a sermon?)
[I’m not ‘bashing’ Christianity here, but there is a need to point out some facts. I praise and thank God for my Christian brothers and sisters.]
Historically, Christianity started divesting itself of anything “Jewish”, including the “Law of God”. This started as early as in the 2nd century AD. Over the decades, this ‘divestment of all things Jewish’ went deeper and became thoroughly entrenched in Christian theology. So much so that much of Christianity understands the apostle Paul’s comment about Christians “not being under law, but under grace” to mean that all “Old Testament” laws have been done away with (or fulfilled – the result is the same).
That is certainly ‘subtracting from’ God’s word in a big way.
Before wondering what, if any, of God’s “Law” is still to be followed today, first start following what Yeshua (Jesus) and the apostles said, including the “don’t eat blood” injunction. And understand that the “Law of God” is not bad – even Paul states this. But remember that Yeshua (Jesus) stated that “his burden is light and his yoke is easy.” That saying is a Hebraism in reference to the “Law” and following God.
Also, obedience to God is not to be misconstrued with being “under the law.” Paul even refers to the anti-Christ as “the lawless one”. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9.
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Matthew 7:23 (ESV)
Yeshua (Jesus) said those words to apparent Christians.
So, be aware of adding to or taking away from God’s word, and don’t try a recipe for boiling a kid in its mother’s milk!