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• Hello, Craig! What a great question! I agree that it doesn't always seem obvious - sometimes I feel like it would be so much easier if God had just made a checklist of "do's and do not's". Let me give you 2 answers: a direct answer, and a short answer.

The Direct Answer: Some commands - such as the laws you mentioned (clean and unclean meats + the Sabbath) - were established before the "Old Covenant" and have been in place since the beginning of mankind. For clean and unclean meats, remember early on that God made a distinction between the two in the story of Noah in Genesis 7? The weekly Sabbath, of course, was established at creation in Genesis 2:2-3.

The Short Answer: Commands are given to people (or specific groups of people) at a specific times, for specific purposes. When studying specific commands, it's important to look at the Bible in its entirety and not zoom-in too closely on any one command.

So, what laws still apply to us today? Gary Petty gave 2 sermons which should thoroughly answer your question:
https://www.ucg.org/sermons/doctrine-of-the-covenants-of-god-part-1
https://www.ucg.org/sermons/doctrine-of-the-covenants-of-god-part-2