Leviticus 17 – 18 Laws of Idolatry and Marriage

Leviticus 17

Leviticus 17:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 17:2 Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying, 17:3 What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat [for any sacrifice], in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,

One may kill and eat anywhere, but any offering or sacrifice must be killed at the tabernacle / temple.  This is about killing in sacrifice and is forbidding sacrifices to other gods by forbidding sacrifices in other places.  This is a command against idolatry and serving other gods; and it is a command against sacrificing in the High Places where the heathen sacrificed to their gods.  Finally this is a command to come before God and serve him, and forbids us from worshiping God in our own ways; and not in the specific manner which God has commanded.

No sacrificial animal including the Passover lamb may be killed at any place excerpt at the temple in Jerusalem.  This is a physical analogy that the called out of the New Covenant, have the spiritual sacrifice of Christ applied to them because God dwells in them and they are the Temple of God.

It is because there is no physical Temple today that no physical sacrifices may be offered at this time.  The physical sacrifices were only physical teaching tools to teach the various aspects of the work and atonement of the Lamb of God.  The Daily Sacrifice and all other sacrifices are now fulfilled in the spiritual sense by the work of Christ in heaven as our ONLY Mediator.

In the millennium a new physical Temple will be built by Christ, and the physical sacrifices will be renewed again [Eze 40 – 48) as instructional tools to teach mankind the various aspects of the work and atonement of Christ.

17:4 And bringeth it not [alive] unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

The people were to no longer offer sacrifices where WE CHOOSE, but were to offer all sacrifices before God at HIS Tabernacle/Temple, for God dwelt in his Tabernacle/Temple.

17:5 To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices [alive to kill before God], which they [had before times offered] offer in the open field, even that they may bring them [alive] unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.

All sacrifices must be killed at the tabernacle / temple, from this commandment forward, and the fullness of the commandments regarding each sacrifice must be carried out completely, so that men might learn the lessons intended by that particular type of sacrifice.

17:6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

All sacrifices must now be offered to God at HIS Temple, in the manner prescribed by God. To sacrifice in any other way or at any other place is to sacrifice to demons, for it is rebellion against the commandments and Word of God.

We are to be diligent to learn and to keep the whole Word of God with zeal.  In terms of the physical sacrifices, we are to learn the lessons and intended meanings of the sacrifices in the spiritual sense, so that we can comprehend the work and atoning sacrifice of Christ in the spiritual sense.

17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

Leviticus 17 has two meanings  

  1. We must worship God according to God’s Word and not according to what we decide for ourselves,  and second,
  2. We are to worship God alone and not any idol or foreign [strange] god; and an idol is ANYTHING or ANY PERSON that comes between us and God.

17:8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice, 17:9 And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

Here we are forbidden to eat any blood for the life is the blood, and the blood represents the shed blood of Christ atoning for our sins.  Be very careful to avoid eating any blood, even to the point of making your soup stock and then straining it before adding your other ingredients.

Jesus Christ has given us the wine offering to drink at Passover as a picture of his shed blood.  In the sacrificial system, wherever wine is poured out as a part of the sacrifice it pictures the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

17:10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. 17:12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

The Word of God which was inspired by Jesus Christ is very clear and emphatic on this point.  If we should fast on the day of Atonement; then we must also avoid eating blood for the penalty of failure to obey in either case is the same.

17:13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. 17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

Of all animals including the CLEAN creatures; if it dies naturally of itself, or is killed by other animals; It is unclean to us and is no different than eating any other unclean thing.  It is a type of sin polluting us and must be washed clean.

This is a physical allegory of the spiritual person becoming unclean by any sin, or by learning any false doctrine, teaching or false way; that person can only be, and must be, made clean by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ and the washing of water of the Word of TRUTH, the whole Word of God.

17:15 And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.

If we do not wash ourselves spiritually, removing all uncleanness of any association with any sin, with the water of the whole Word of God,by living by every Word of God; and if we do not cleanse our garments [our garments are representative of either evil or righteousness] we are not God’s people.

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

If we will not cleanse ourselves from sin by sincere repentance we must pay the price for our sins.

Leviticus 17:16 But if he wash them [his clothes] not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

Leviticus  18

Leviticus 18:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 18:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

Egypt was a type of bondage to sin, and Canaan was a type of the wicked who will ultimately be destroyed for their unrepented sins; and as such this is a warning to the spiritual Israel of today’s Ekklesia to avoid any association with sin and worldliness.

18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

This specifically forbids participating in Christmas and Easter as well as all other pagan rooted non biblical festivals.  We are not to learn false doctrines and teachings to keep them; we are to worship God as our God commands us and not in other ways.

As physical Israel was to be faithful to live by every Word of God in the letter; so spiritual Israel is to be faithful to the whole Word of God in BOTH the letter and the spiritual intent of the letter.

18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

The promise attached to being zealous to learn and keep the whole Word of God is eternal life!

18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

Laws concerning marriages with near of kin. Before this time such marriages were permitted, so these were new laws for the Covenant people.

The term “uncover their nakedness” is a euphemism for sex.

18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife [referring to a father’s wife whether she is or is is not our mother] shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

This was a new law concerning sisters,  or Abraham would have been condemned in his day.

18:9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

18:10 The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

18:11 The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister [an aunt]: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.

18:13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister [an aunt]: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman.

18:14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

18:15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son’s wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.

18:17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter [whether she is our own daughter or our wife’s daughter by another marriage, the taking of a woman and her daughter is absolutely forbidden], neither shalt thou take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

The following seems to have sprung from Jacob’s marriages.

18:18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

Here is a specific command to avoid lying with a woman in her menses.

18:19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

God repeats his command against adultery.

18:20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.

Below is a multi faceted command against idolatry and sacrificing our children to idols. This referred to the ancient practice of throwing children into the fire as a sacrifice to false gods. In the spiritual sense this refers to failing to diligently teach our children about God and his ways and to willfully allow them to be filled with the idolatry of false doctrine [teachings].

18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Homosexuality is declared an abomination by God; and God will ultimately destroy all abominations and unrepentant practitioners of abominations.  In fact God regards all of these sins as abominations.

18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Inter species sexuality is a great abomination to God, yet in our modern world, so called scientists are working at bastardizing species of animals etc by intermingling their genes.

18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

Here God reveals why he is commanding Israel to utterly destroy the Canaanites.  It is because of all these things and all their wickedness, that they were made a type of sin and were to be utterly destroyed; as an example for us so that we may learn that we will also likewise be destroyed if we do not repent of sin like Rahab did. 

With God this was an act of great mercy on the Canaanites for they were made an example of the end of the unrepentant sinner, yet they will be raised up in their time and will remember what came upon them for their sins and then they will quickly and sincerely repent.

18:24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 18:25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Entry into and possession of the promised land [both physical and spiritual] is contingent on NOT committing any of these abominations.  This was commanded to physical Israel and is also applicable on both the physical and spiritual plane to spiritual Israel.

We are espoused to Jesus Christ and we are to be totally faithful to HIM and to God the Father: Not turning aside to false gods and the false teachings of false religions, nor to any of their abominations.  For if we seek after the abominations of false gods we will be utterly rejected and spewed out by Jesus Christ (Rev 3:16).

18:26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: 18:27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) 18:28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. 18:29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people [cut off from spiritual Israel].

We are to be absolutely faithful and full of zeal to learn and live by every Word of God, to seek wholeheartedly to please God our Father in heaven and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ.

Under God’s law the closest kin that may marry is our cousins, any relationship closer than that is forbidden.  And any relationship; with idols and false religions and their false teachings, is also forbidden; which includes obeying and man or the traditions of men above obeying the Holy Scriptures.

18:30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

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