Why did the Levites receive the stomach?

Dec 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Why did the Levites receive the stomach?

Deut. 18:3 And this shall be the priest’s due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.

The “maw” included the (first) stomach, or rumen, but additionally pertained inferentially to the mouth, tongue, throat, and esophagus tube that conducts food to the first stomach. Although the emphasis was on the stomach, anything of value as a food or otherwise that was in the passageway to the stomach was included. For example, the first stomach had value as a household container for liquids. The rumen was useful and convenient for carrying fluids such as wine because it was not porous and awkward like a clay jar. The word “maw” seems to be related to the sound that comes from the ox and the sheep. Air from the passage tube produces the sound. –Excerpt from our Verse by verse study on Deuteronomy which please see.

The stomach also contains an enzyme called Renet. Renet is used in making cheese. We also know that you can get stomach (tripe) in the grocery store today. I have no intention of trying it, but it is considered to be good, or else they wouldn’t be selling it.

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