February 15

 

Leviticus 20-21

 

The Walk with God…Sanctification      Leviticus 11-27, cont’d.

 

Leviticus 18-20 Laws concerning Standards of Behavior for the People, cont’d.

 

Leviticus 20 Laws concerning serious offenses

Leviticus 20:1-5-The punishment for people who offer their children to Molech (an Ammonite god, cf. 2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 32:35) is death by stoning because it will, "defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name."  If the punishment is not carried out God will set Himself against the man and his family.

Leviticus 20:6-There is to be no consulting of mediums or spiritists (occultic practices, cf. 20:27).

Leviticus 20:7-8 (24,26;19:2)-Here again is the often repeated reason that the people are to be holy...because their God is holy...and holiness is not just a state of being, but a practice in life, as well.  Notice the use of the words "sanctifies you" (20:8), "separated you from the peoples" (20:24), "set you apart" (20:26)...each time this is attributed to the LORD.  In 20:24, it says that God has "separated you from the peoples."  And in 20:26 it says, "set you apart from the peoples to me Mine."  This is the idea that God is distinguishing Israel by separating them from the people of the land (20:23), to Himself.  It's not just that they are to be separate from the people (not live, practice their religion)...but, they are to specifically follow the practices that God will give to them.

Leviticus 20:9-The cursing of parents was not just a shallow, childish act of saying something back when punished or reprimanded…but a verbal threat that revealed an intent to cause harm, perhaps even death.

Leviticus 20:10-21-Forbidden sexual behaviors (partners) and the punishment.

Leviticus 20:22-26-They were not to follow the practices of the nations that inhabited the land before they did.  They were to be “holy”, meaning separated, unto the LORD…because He is their God.

Leviticus 20:27-They were not to consult a medium or spiritist (cf. 20:6).

 

Leviticus 21-22 Laws concerning Standards of Behavior for the Priests

Leviticus 21:1-15-Laws concerning the ritual purity of the Priests

Leviticus 21:1-4-Touching the body of a dead person.

Leviticus 21:5-6-They were not to cut their hair so that it resembled the priests of the pagan nations that they were living near.

Leviticus 21:7-8-Restrictions on marriage by the Priests.

Leviticus 21:9-A Priest’s daughter had to live up to high standards because she represented her father.

Leviticus 21:10-12-When a Priest was actively serving at the Tabernacle there were requirements that went beyond even the daily requirements…to make sure that in no way did he bring dishonor on the Lord.

 

Leviticus 21:13-15-There were restrictions on who a Priest could marry.

Leviticus 21:16-23-Laws concerning the physical health of the Priests

Leviticus 21:16-21-No Levite who had a physical defect could serve as a Priest.

Leviticus 21:22-24-If a Levite had a physical defect, though he could not serve as a Priest, since he was of the tribe of Levi he could still receive the benefits of Priesthood.

 

Prayer:  Lord, I read of these laws that speak of holiness and purity and I am reminded of Who You are.  Please help me to live in such a way that it brings honor and glory to You.  Help me, even in the smallest details of my life…to be conscious of the decisions that I make and what kind of a reflection they will have on You.

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