Sunday, February 21, 2010

Leviticus 16:1-18:30

The Day of Atonement...
Aaron is no longer allowed into the Tent of Meeting at his whim. And he is given a new slew of instructions regarding sacrifices, how to dress, how to act.  All very similar to before, but with subtle changes. He is to take 2 male goats to take the  sins the Israelites "whatever the sin may be." Such a vague many 'whatever' type sins do we do in a single day??? And we don't have to have someone offer 2 male goats for them.  Jesus did that.

One of the goats is released into the desert - the man who takes it out there is a scapegoat, and of course, he has to be cleansed prior to returning to the community.  Wonder if that is the origin of that word 'scapegoat'.  Hmmm May need to research it. Look for a wordstudy coming soon. :)

The Jewish culture still practices a Day of Atonement.  It is Yom Kippur.  16:34 "This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites." And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses."

Eating Blood forbidden - I"ll say it again.  A perfect case to enjoy my well done steak!!!

Unlawful Sexual Relations - here they are simplified [most have a huge ick factor and I was cringing writing this.  It amazes me that people even thought of this - enough so that God had to expressly forbid it.]:  no close relatives (how many of us have 1st cousins that married in the past)  not with your mother,  your sister, your grandchildren, your sister, your aunt, your daughter-in-law, your brother's wife, both a women and her daughter and/or granddaughter, a woman during her cycle, your neighbor's wife, another man (detestable), with beasts (a perversion).  children are not to be sacrificed either.

God does NOT like any of these.  He said, 18:27-28 "for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you."  a pretty graphic picture ... and pretty gross.

Wouldn't we do well to continue - as a culture - to follow these decrees???



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