Friday, February 8, 2013

Leviticus: Chapters 21 through 24

(This reading was done on 2/7/2013; published on 2/8/2013)
Chapter 21:
This chapter deals with a few things but the chapter itself is short.  First off it talks about how the priests (Aaron and his sons) shall be holy before God and not defile himself or the dead.  The chapter goes on to talk about what Aaron and his sons are to look for in wives.  They are supposed to take a virgin as their wives.  To take anything else would be defiling themselves and this is what they are not to do.  Finally it comes to those with blemishes not being able to offer any kind of offering on the altar.  They can still do the sacrifice with the help of the priests, but they shall not go through "the veil" of the tabernacle to offer a sacrifice.
Chapter 22:
Again a short chapter with a few more rules that are introduced.  First one of the rules includes that no starnger shall eat of the sacrifices.  No visitors, or strangers, or anyone that is not of the house of Israel shall eat.  Even if a woman were to marry her husband would not be able to eat, nor would she anymore because she is a stranger of the land.  If she were divorced, or widowed, or seperated then she could.  Also if someone is to buy someone else (endentured into slavery) they are to eat.  There were also more rules about sacrifices with blemishes and that they are not to be offered for a holy sacrifice.
Chapter 23: 8
8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
This is interesting to me.  I had not ever read this before and it shows that we are supposed to have a day set aside for church.  I always wondered about this, about why we have meeting houses and why we have churches and here it is, straight out of the Bible.  Like I said, I had never read this and I used to be under the assumption that I could have church anywhere, at any time, and now I see how wrong I actually was.

The remainder of the chapter talks about the feasts and meetings that are to be performed and how burnt offerings and unleavened bread is needed to be served on those days.

Chapter 24:
This chapter talks about a fire to the Lord that will be outside the tabernacle that will burn continuously.  Also the law that includes "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is introduced.  More information on these laws and how to deal with those who are blasphemous are to be dealt with.  Very interesting laws and how to play them out.

(Reading for 2/8/13 - Leviticus: 25-27 - will be posted 2/9/2013)

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