~Reading: Numbers: Chapters 5-7- Due to the length of this reading, we'll be doing the reading first and the lesson on a different day!
(5: 1-10) The Lord said to Moses: "Order the Israelites to expel from camp every leper, and everyone suffering from a discharge, and everyone who has become unclean by contact with a corpse. Male and female alike, you shall compel them to go out of the camp, they are not to defile the camp in which I dwell." The Israelites obeyed the command that the Lord had given Moses; they expelled them from the camp.
The Lord said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites: If a man (or woman) commits a fault against his fellow man and wrongs him, thus breaking faith with the Lord, he shall confess the wrong he has done, restore his ill-gotten goods in full, and in addition give one fifth of their value to the one he has wronged. However, if the latter has no next of kin to whom restoration of the ill-gotten goods can be made, the goods to be restored shall be the Lord's and shall fall to the priest; this is part from the atonement ram with which the priest makes amends for the guilty man. Likewise, every sacred contribution that the Israelites are bound to make shall fall to the priest. Each Israelites may dispose of his own sacred contributions; they become the property of the priest to whom he gives them."
-ordeal for a suspected adulteress also explained-
(6:1-8) The Lord said to Moses: "Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When a man (or woman) solemnly takes the nazirite vow to dedicate himself to the Lord, he shall abstain from wine and strong drink; he may neither drink wine vinegar, other vinegar, or any kind of grape juice, not eat either fresh or dried grapes. As long as he is a nazirite he shall not eat anything of the produce of the vine; not even unripe grapes or grapeskins. While he is under the nazirite vow, no razor shall tough his hair. Until the period of his dedication to the Lord is over, he shall be sacred, and shall let the hair of his head grow freely. As long as he is dedicated to the Lord, he shall not enter where a dead person is. Not even for his father or mother, his sister or brother, should they die, may he become unclean, since his head bears his dedication to God. As long as he is a nazirite he is sacred to the Lord."
-further rules for Nazirites-
(Chapter 7: paraphrased) Before leaving Sinai, the "prince" of each tribe made an offering to the Lord on behalf of his tribe. These "princes" where the ones that we heard of as leaders during the census.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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