I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day fifty: Leviticus 19-21

God lays out a few misc. laws. Some of them just reminders of past laws handed down or ones that could have been thought of as common sense, but given their track record, it probably didn't hurt to hear it again. Things like not perverting justice, don't slander your neighbor, don't hate people or seek revenge... one I'm sure most men are happy aren't practiced anymore is not clipping your sideburns (not kidding). Tattoos are also mentioned as forbidden and one is to stand in the presence of an elder.

Then God basically says if you disobey any of his laws (sleeping with a relative, offering sacrifices to other gods, sleeping with an animal, committing adultery) you should die. Other sins (sex during Aunt Flo's visit, marrying your sister) called for exile. He again tells of the importance of keeping clean and unclean things together and specifically tells the people to not follow the others of the land because He "abhors" their actions. He is again reminding them to set themselves apart.

God then makes the distinction between priests and other citizens. Aaron and his sons are called to a higher position and with that comes great responsibility. If you thought the list of no-nos was intense for the people, the list for them is waaaaay worse. I won't go into all of it, but they are basically called to always act in the Lord's best interest and refrain from anything remotely ungodly. They are even to throw their own daughter into the fire if she becomes a prostitute because she has "defiled the family". Pretty tough stuff! If Aaron has any descendants with defects (lameness, blindness, dwarf, hunchback, deformity, etc.) they are not allowed to bring offering before the Lord. By doing so, they would desecrate the Temple.

I am a little confused as to why Aaron's "defective" relatives would be shunned from the Temple. It's not their fault their relative is the High Priest, and what does that have to do with their physical deformities? I thought God taught tolerance and acceptance of the lame and broken. Why then is he calling for the people who probably feel the need to be near to God the most to not come near the most holy place? When I am suffering, this is when I most feel my need of God. Why would He turn them away from the place they could feel closest to Him? Hopefully some of this will be explained later, but for now I remain confused and a little agitated.

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