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Leviticus. Be Holy as I am Holy. The Sacrifices. HOLINESS. It is not about perfection; it is about relationship and wholeness with God through Jesus and with man. The “laws” of Holiness. Definitions: Clean or Unclean did not necessarily mean moral or immoral.

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Leviticus

Leviticus

Be Holy as I am Holy


The sacrifices

The Sacrifices


Holiness

HOLINESS

  • It is not about perfection; it is about relationship and wholeness with God through Jesus and with man.


The laws of holiness

The “laws” of Holiness

  • Definitions:

    • Clean or Unclean did not necessarily mean moral or immoral.

    • How is having a baby immoral?

    • How is having sex with your wife immoral?

    • However, being immoral could make your unclean.


The laws of holiness1

The “laws” of Holiness

  • Cleanness and uncleaness are symbolic of life and death, respectively. Humans move between these two relative or temporary states…; these states represent being with or without life. The stable status of holiness, on the other hand, reflects closeness to life found in God…

  • There was a hierarchy of holiness…


The laws of holiness2

The “laws” of Holiness


Leviticus

Food

  • Why the Kosher laws?

    • It was healthier?

    • It stood against the religions of the Canaanites?


Leviticus

Food

MAYBE?!?!

Creation or Fall, Death, and Abnormality


Food creation

Food: Creation

Genesis 1 divides animals into three spheres: animals that walk on the land, animals that swim in the water, animals that fly in the air. Leviticus 11 lists as unclean certain animals that are connected to land (vv. 2-8), water (vv. 9-12), and air (vv. 13-25).

These animals symbolize a mixing or blurring of categories. So animals that “transgressed” boundaries or overlapped spheres were to be avoided as unclean. (Copan, Is God a Moral Monster)


Food fall death abnormality

Food: Fall, Death, Abnormality

  • The fall: snakes, eels, etc

  • Death and Abnormality

    • God forbid them to eat any animal that was predator

    • God forbid them to eat odd looking animals or abnormal in appearance or weak/defenseless

    • Therefore, we should not be predatory as well, we should take care of the weak and defenseless

    • In the language of Leviticus, animals symbolize what God required from his people.


Leviticus

FOOD

  • Just as clean animals belonged to their distinct sphere without compromise, so God’s people were to belong to their distinct sphere; they weren’t to mix their religion with surrounding pagan nations or intermarry.

  • Their diet, which was limited to certain meats, imitated the action of God, who limited himself to Israel from among the nations, choosing them as the means for blessing the world. (ibid)


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