Leviticus 17:1-4 " And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD
hath commanded, saying, What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp,
or that killeth it out of the camp, And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering
unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man
shall be cut off from among his people:"
One thing we need to keep in mind about the Israelites is the fact that they had dwelled in Egypt all their lives, up until now. They, no doubt, had become used to offering animal sacrifices to idols. In these verses, God is reminding them that they could not kill any animal and offer part of it to an idol. When there was a blood sacrifice, it had to be made for God.
Leviticus 17:10-13 "And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust."
The face of God is often used in Scripture to denote His anger. The custom of worshippers of Satan and idols was (and still is today) to drink the blood of the sacrifice. The blood is very precious in the site of God. It signifies life and was reserved for God alone! It was to be used only in sacrifice to Him. By covering the blood with dirt, they were keeping someone else from taking it and using it for idol worship and also keeping it from being trodden underfoot as a common thing.
Leviticus 17:15- "And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean. But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity."
It's awesome to know that God cares about every aspect of our lives - right down to the things we put in our bodies. Eating an animal that died by itself or one that had been killed or partially eaten by another animal was unsanitary. The animal was probably contaminated or, perhaps, diseased. This was just a common sense law, just as many of the Old Testament laws were. Some had to do with sacrifice and rituals that we may never understand but a lot of them just made sense.
Leviticus 18:1-5 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD."
YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME
Who Makes The Rules?
I have watched little children play before and can usually pick out the "boss" fairly
quickly! There is always one child who thinks everyone else should play what they
want to play. Now and then, though, I'll find a child who does not lead easily. This is the
child who will eventually say, "You're not the boss of me!" One thing that is wrong with our
country today is that many children do not know who is the boss of them. They are allowed
to do pretty much what they please most of the time. They watch whatever they want on TV, they
talk as long as they want on the phone, they go wherever they want whenever they want
and choose their own friends. I remember one day I was teaching fifth-grade at a local
elementary school. I had one child who had tried my patience way beyond endurance that day.
I finally told him that if he didn't straighten up I was going to call his dad to come get him.
I'll never forget his reply! He said, "Good, if Dad comes and gets me I'll get to go home and
ride my four-wheeler!" I was speechless. This child was out of control because he didn't fear
anyone or anything! He knew there would not be any retribution or punishment for his bad
behavior so he could just do and say whatever he wanted. He did go home that day because I
refused to put up with his behavior!
"After the doings of the land of Egypt, shall ye not do!" So, this was just for
the Israelites and not for us today, right? After all, we've never even been to Egypt.
But, The land of Egypt represents the world today. There is so many things of
the world that God does not want Christians participating in. We have to live in the
world but we don't have to partake of the world. God is trying to seperate His people
from the influence of Egypt. He brought them out of Egypt but they had lived there all their
lives and the customs and worship of the Egyptians was all they knew. They were going to a new
land, Canaan, which was, if possible, even worse than Egypt. It would be so easy for them to
continue living the way they had been and even adopting new customs from the Canaanites. (Which,
as we will find out later, is what many of them did!) God is giving them rules and regulations
to live by now, while they are in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan. They were no longer
in Egypt, they no longer had taskmasters over them making them work every day. Now they
had a loving God who had brought them out of a sinful, wicked land and wanted them to have
freedom and a new life free from sin and strife. This is exactly what happens to us when we are
saved. We are set free from the sin that held us prisoner. We have a new BOSS. He
loves us and wants us to have a good, clean, happy life! But we must never forget that
Leviticus 18:6-9 "None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness. The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover."
The heathen nations intermarried within families. It was common practice for sisters to marry brothers, for cousins to marry and even for fathers to have children by their daughters. It kind of reminds me of a song that was played a lot back some years ago called, "I'm My Own Grandpa". These customs were adopted by the children of Israel. God was trying to teach them that this was not acceptable behavior. Individuals joined together by blood should not marry and have children. I'm afraid this is one ordinance that didn't take with the children of Israel. We find down through the bible that they still intermarried. Even Abraham married his half sister, Sarah!
Leviticus 18 "19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness. 20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God."
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