The People and Law of God (Deuteronomy 26:16 – 27:10)

God established the Israelites as His own special people, set high above all nations in praise, name, and honor, a holy people to God.  However, His blessing of them was predicated on them His statutes and judgments.  If the people obeyed His voice, He would be their God and bless them. Moses then echoed the … Continue reading The People and Law of God (Deuteronomy 26:16 – 27:10)

Offerings Accepted and Not Accepted (Leviticus 22:17 – 23:2)

The Levitical Code speaks here to the sacrifices unto God, and the conditions whereby they may be acceptable to God.  They must be given with a willing heart, they must be offerings of perfect animals, with no defects.  The animal cannot be blind, broken, or maimed, have skin diseases, uneven limbs, bruised, crushed, torn or … Continue reading Offerings Accepted and Not Accepted (Leviticus 22:17 – 23:2)

Penalties for Breaking the Law (Leviticus 20:1 – 22:16)

Penalties for crimes in Israel were severe.  Many things were considered capital crimes, worthy of death, in their legal system:  offering children to idols, consulting with mediums, cursing one's father or mother, adultery, and incest. Priests were to conduct themselves in specific ways as well: he shall not touch anything dead and defile himself, except … Continue reading Penalties for Breaking the Law (Leviticus 20:1 – 22:16)