Message – God doesn’t grade on a curve
Series: Thru the Bible
***Video is HERE***
Vs. 1-4 – Not be become ceremonially unclean except for immediate relatives and a single sister
Vs. 5 – The superstitious marks of sorrow, (baldness and cuttings) as well as the violent excesses in which the heathen indulged at the death of their friends, were forbidden by a general law to the Hebrew people (Lev. 19:28). But the priests were to be laid under a special injunction, not only that they might exhibit examples of piety in the moderation of their grief, but also by the restraint of their passions, be the better qualified to administer the consolations of religion to others, and show, by their faith in a blessed resurrection, the reasons for sorrowing not as those who have no hope.
Vs. 6 – I am uncertain at the point if the priests had to be MORE holy than the people, or just conform to additional rules due to their position – as standing before the people, relative to the holy things and such.
Such as ONLY marrying a virgin
This was intended to cause a type of revering of the Priest because of his calling and work.
Vs. 9 – The actions of the family reflect on the head of the family – the father.
Vs. 10-12 – If it is his turn to be in the tabernacle with the oil of God upon Him (representing the Spirit of God and the calling of God and the delegated authority of God) he cannot defile himself by becoming ceremonially unclean – because it would serve to desecrate the tabernacle.
No defects – no aberration from what God created as normal. Some of these issues were from birth and some were temporary (like a broken bone) – only while there was something abnormal were they forbidden to minister the holy things of the food or offerings by fire – BUT he was still a priest and therefore was allowed to eat of the holy things.
Vs. 12 – Transfer of authority when married from father to husband.
Vs. 17-33 – A defect would be a misrepresentation of Christ WHO which these sacrifices are all but a shadow.
Vs. 23 – Freewill offerings may have a short or elongated leg since they are of the will of man – he may offer it if that is what he has – but a vow must be fulfilled with an offering acceptable to God as representing Christ.
Vs. 24 – It would be a sign of the sacrifice being unfruitful – sterile and that would misrepresent Christ and His sacrifice of Himself.
Vs. 27 – May have to do with a symbol of “perfection” since it would die before it a Sabbath had passed over it – pointing back to creation.
Vs. 28 – Jewish thought on this is that it discourages cruelty and hardness of heart.
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