Week #17; Wed., 4/25/18: Lev. 17-23


CHAPTER 17—Goat demons are to be excluded from worship with sacrifices; the punishment was being “cut off.” Eating blood resulted in the same punishment. Washing continues to be important for observation and adherence.

CHAPTER 18—Many laws and punishments extended to improper/forbidden sexual relations that had their own levels of consequence. The children of Israel should keep from the practices of Egypt and Canaan. God’s rules are the only rules in which to walk.

CHAPTER 19–God wants us to be holy as He is holy. A very high level of obedience for keeping the Sabbaths holy is demanded. No idols are permitted. Rules for a sacrifice contained strict and detailed steps to follow. The provisions for the poor and the sojourner were stated as to enable love for neighbor as yourself; not gleaning a field to the edge, stripping a vineyard bare–leave some for the less fortunate. No stealing, dealing falsely, lying, swearing are included here and note their relation to the Ten Commandments. Also, you shall love your neighbor as yourself as reiterated by Jesus. Strict agricultural practices also came under God’s statutes. It makes one wonder about today’s GMO practices. No omens or telling fortunes (mediums or necromancers) either. NO TATOOS as well. And just weights and measures were required (smile when you see the state seal on the gas pump and scales).

CHAPTER 20—Child sacrifices to Molech resulted in punishment by death (fast forward to today). Cursing father or mother and sexual immorality also resulted in the same punishment. Note how “the land” itself is enabled to play a role in punishment (vs. 22).

CHAPTER 21—Disfiguring the body was forbidden (fast forward here also). Limitations were placed on a blemished person.

CHAPTER 22—Limitations were placed on anyone unclean (i.e., sons of Aaron) persons (bathing in water appears here again). Acceptable offerings are specified which included being non-blemished for bulls, or the sheep or the goats; they must be perfect.

CHAPTER 23—God’s appointed feast are specified. The Sabbath dictates NO WORK. The Passover was set for the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight with the fifteenth day of the same month for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Firstfruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Atonement, and Booths have specific dates and rules that apply to these feasts too. These feasts included observance on a day of rest with no work being performed.

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