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The Book of Leviticus Chapters 17-18 (9 of 14)
In our original introduction of this great book, we
split the book into two divisions: The first division
dealt with THE WAY TO GOD THROUGH A SACRIFICE. It is
clear that before an individual or the entire nation,
from priest to common person, could properly worship
God, the life individually and collectively must be
clean before God. Let me use the word Holy, since
that seems to be the major thrust of both divisions,
"Be ye holy for I am holy." There was no way around
it and there is no way around that today. Before the
people could treat each other right, they had to be
right with God. With all this in mind, let us go to
the second division of the book and that is, THE WALK
OF HOLINESS BEFORE GOD AND HIS PEOPLE. Chapters 17-27.
Read vss 1-7
Keep this in mind, the instructions were given to
direct their behavior when they arrived in Canaan. We
must understand that to properly interpret what God is
saying. The purpose of these regulations was to
prevent idol worship. A person was to offer up the
animal as a peace offering, an offering of fellowship
to the Lord, so that the fat and the blood would be
offered up to the Lord. Then the person who offered
it would be able to eat of the meat with his family.
When the warning for being cut off from among the
people is stated here, I believe that it refers to
death. Clearly this passage is referring to a
prevention of sacrifices to idols. Those that
sacrificed to idols were to be killed (Exodus 22:20).
Read vss 8-9
Obviously the sacrifice must refer to idols. What
person had the right to offer up any sacrifice
anywhere except in the tabernacle? If you offered up
a sacrifice outside the camp, it must have been for
idolatry. The penalty was the same, death.
10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of
Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you,
that eateth ...
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