~~~~~Lesson: Leviticus 20-22 (reading after lesson)
Almost all of today's readings are rules that we have covered before. The difference is that in this section, the punishment for infringing upon the rules is laid out. This punishment is most usually death!
Can you imagine being put to death today because you used the Lord's name in vain? Being put to death because you didn't honor your mother and father?Why do you think that in the Old Testament death was a punishment and in the New grace is counseled?
We will go into Aaron, the priesthood, etc. in later books in great detail.
~Reading: Leviticus: Chapters 20-22 (note: Sections in [ ] are my paraphrase of a verse)
[1-5: anyone who sacrifices their children will be put to death]
[6-8: fortune tellers and those who see them put to death]
[9-21: anyone who dishonors mother/father put to death....those who violate sexual rules of conduct put to death.]
(22-27) "Be careful to observe all my statues and all my decrees; otherwise the land where I am bringing you to dwell will vomit you out. Do not conform, therefore, to the customs of the nations whom I am driving out of your way, because all these things that they have done have filled me with disgust for them. But to you I have said: Their land shall be your possession, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am giving it to you as your own, I, the Lord, your God, who have set you apart from the other nations. You, too, must set apart then, the clean animals from the unclean, so that you may not be contaminated with the uncleanness of any beast or bird or of any swarming creature in the land that I have set apart for you. To me, therefore, you shall be sacred; for I, the Lord, am sacred, I, who have set you apart from the other nations to be my own.
A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortune-teller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death."
Chapter 21: Sanctity of the Priesthood and those of Aaron's line excluded from the Priesthood
Chapter 22: Further details on proper people to offer sacrifices and what animals are acceptable
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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