by Harley Howard

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The Book of Leviticus Chapters 20-21 (11 of 14)
Harley Howard

This chapter outlines the laws requiring capital
punishment. It supplements the 18th chapter and
places emphasis on the punishment for the crimes
committed in the 18th chapter.

Read vss 1-3

We see clearly that in the majority of the phrase, "to
be cut off from among the people" meant DEATH, either
by direct divine intervention or by the hands of the
people themselves. Death was the punishment for
sacrificing a child for burning to Molech, the god of
the Ammonites.

Read vss 4-5

Those who knew of a person who committed this heinous
act of sacrificing their child and refused to stone
that person to death, God would kill that person also.
This kind of sinfulness was not to be tolerated, but
eliminated from the nation. As we will see in further
book studies, there was a time when this kind of
behavior was all throughout the land of Israel and
Judah when the kingdom was divided.

Read vs 6

Just as in chapter 19 verse 26, there was to be no
consultation with witchcraft, divination, charms,
incantations, soothsaying, horoscopes, magic, spells,
etc. Those who went after these things God said He
would kill them.

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for
I am the LORD your God.

8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am
the LORD which sanctify you.

What was the reason why these things had to be obeyed?
Because it was God telling His people that they needed
to be holy, sanctified, set apart from the heathen.
They needed to obey His statutes and commands. It is
most interesting to note that in verse 7, God tells
them that they needed to sanctify themselves. In
verse 8, God said I am the Lord which sanctifies you.
There is not only a positional standing with God that
is obvious, but that position affects our behavior.
It is the truth of position affecting our practice.
If we are indee ...

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