From Leviticus 21

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the food offerings to the LORD. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’ ”

What an asshole.

6 thoughts on “From Leviticus 21”

  1. God is all Holy, so if you read the whole old testament and the ten commandments, by the end it will show us that no one is holy enough to approach God. The only time man was able to be near God was in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve Sinned and disobeyed God, then even they were cast out of the Garden and that began what is called the fall of Man, which includes all of us. So because God loves us and wants us to be together he made a way for us to become sinless and rightious before him. And the way , is through his son Jesus who came to die for us. His death payed for our sins and when we give our lifes to him and make him Lord of our lives and repent of our sins, we our then forgiven and covered by the rightious blood of Jesus. So that when God looks upon us he doesnt see our sin , he sees his Son. John 3:16

  2. Then why are people with “defects” singled out in this passage? This passage really bothers me.

    This says “he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar”. It doesn’t say anything about approaching God himself. It sounds like people who do not have defects may approach the altar.

    I’m reading the Bible from cover to cover. I’m currently on Numbers 5. I’m already past the Ten Commandants. There is a lot in the Old Testament that bothers me, but people keep telling me that Jesus is going to discard the Old Testament. Maybe I’ll see how he does that when I get to the chapters about Jesus.

  3. Jesus is God, They are one in the same and to be very clear because people who say that Jesus came to discard the law, do not read their Bibles and do not know Jesus. He makes it very clear in Matthew 5:17,48 when he tells us “think not that i am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For I say to you, till Heaven and Earth pass not the smallest letter or the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the law until all be accomplished.” 1st john 3:4,6 tells us” Everyone who sins breaks the law, in fact sin is lawlessness , But you know that he appeared so that he might take away are sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or knows him” Now that is just a couple there are more. I highly suggest you read Matthew 5:17, 48 and John ch 3:16,21 God sent us a savior so that we could be saved from sin, saved from hell. John 3:16 is the whole Gospel “For God so Loved the word that he gave his one and only Son , that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have everlasting life”

  4. This actually isn’t the first time I read the Bible, but it was difficult for me to read in the past and I didn’t really understand it. But I do remember being bothered by some of the things it said. I had been planning to read the Bible again for a few years now, just because I wanted to know exactly what it said. Now I’m doing that, and I’m reading it very carefully.

    Some of the people who told me that are Christian, they have been going to church their whole lives and they have been part of Bible study groups. I pointed out to them a couple times that although they keep telling me Jesus is going to change things in the New Testament, I keep noticing Christians bringing up things from the Old Testament.

    What they’ve told me is the Old Testament was the old way of thinking, and then when Jesus came, he corrected the people.

    If what you’re telling me is true, then people should still be cut off and stoned to death for petty offenses, an eye for an eye should still stand, priests whose hair might become messed up should die, it would be a sin to eat pork and rabbit, slavery should still be acceptable, all those animals should still be sacrificed and only men without defects may approach the altar. And a whole bunch of other things that are ridiculous.

    So far, in the Old Testament, God sounds like a narcissistic control freak and bully, and not very loving at all.

    I know that Jesus and God are sometimes described as the same being, but then in other places they’re described as separated beings. I know that when Jesus was on the crucifix, he said “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.” Why would he have said that if he and God are the same? That doesn’t make sense. But maybe I’ll understand by the time I get to the end of the Bible.

    I think the difference between you and I is, you don’t question the Bible and I do. I will continue to question it. I don’t have the ability to just follow something without asking questions. And I will probably continue pointing out things that I find unsettling.

    Why not answer my question from my previous comment: “Why are people with defects singled out in this passage?”

  5. okay so lots to talk about here. So we as born sinners because of the fall of Man cannot understand the Holiness of God. Its only through a relationship with Jesus that we are then, through the Holy Spirit, given the understanding that God will reveal to us only through his word and his truth. Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” John 14:26 “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
    The Old Testament and the Law was all about showing us what sin is , what is right and what is wrong. Without laws there would be no limit on what we could get away with without being held accountable or being punished. So Moses was chosen by God to reveal the ten commandments. Romans 3:19,20 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world be held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in Gods sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law become conscious of our sin” So that being said, we were in need of a Savior because of the fall of man in the Garden we are incapable of saving ourselves from sin which keeps us separated from God because God is All Holy and will not accept sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Matthew 1:21″ And she shall bring forth a son , and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins.”
    So now sin is no longer needed to be dealt with by the blood of sacrificed animals or stonings, or any of the ways in the old testament because John 3:16,”For GOD so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. So now sin was dealt with by the Willing Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his Blood and his Resurrection, that offers us the gift of salvation. John 11:25,26″ I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me , though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” And yes sadly there will be those that will be cut off, Matthew 18:3 And Jesus said “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” Matthew 8:21,23 “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my father in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, depart from me, I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!” And Hell is very real, Revelation 1:18 Jesus says “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive forever-more , A-men; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Jude 1:14 “See the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him”
    Now God is three in one, God the father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit Matthew 1:23 “behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means God with us.” Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit” 2nd Corinthians 1:21,22 ” Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership upon us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” John 10:30 “I and my father are one” Colossians1:15″The Son is the image of the invisible God”. Thats just a few, there are many more.
    Now about the passage in Leviticus. Moses was The only chosen one who was able to communicate with God and not even he was able to approach him face to face. Go back and read Exodus 3. Because of Gods Holiness he is separated from all of us because of sin. When God created the Heaven and the Earth and man and women He made everything perfect in his own image, Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. And God blessed them and everything in the Garden was perfect. The only thing that they wernt to do was eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: For in the day that thou eats from that tree thou shalt surely die (gen 2:16,17) Gen 3:24 ” So he drove man out , and he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life” And thats when we became apart from God. So everyone after that had defects, everyone, all different, but all fallen short of Gods Glorious standards, and defected. That passage in Leviticus is just one of many that start in Exodus 20 that continue all through the entire old testament and there is not one type of defect of our human flesh that is not covered , whether it be physical, spiritual, mental, it all started because of sin. Before sin everything and everyone was perfect.
    ” Approaching a holy God is not a casual undertaking. Dealing with the sin that separates people from God requires sacrifice, which reflects death as the consequence of sin. It also requires payment for sin, through the offering of sacrifices without ” defect” or ” blemish” The sacrificial system was a lesson concerning the importance and cost of maintaining fellowship with the Holy God.” (from Jeremiah study Bible)
    Jesus became that final sacrifice for our sins and our redeemer through his resurrection and only through him can we be saved. Jude 1:24 “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”

  6. Most of what you said in your latest comment is more in line with what the others have been telling me. If you were on Facebook, you would see what I mean. I posted a few times on Facebook about things from the Bible that I found troubling and people responded. I think they’re trying to encourage me to not give up on Christianity.

    That’s another reason why I’m reading the Bible. In a way, I’m looking to it for help. I’m often not at peace with myself and the world. So, I’m looking to this to see if it can help. But it’s hard, because I hear so much hate, ignorance and bigotry from Christians. I’m reading the Bible in hopes that it will work out for me, but so far, a lot of it is pushing me away.

    I’ve considered joining the Catholic Church. I’m really not interested in the other churches. If I start attending church on a regular basis, it’s going to be the Catholic Church.

    You went further than the others did. Much of what you said put me at ease. I’m only on Numbers 11 and I still have a long way to go before I’m at the end of the Bible. Maybe it will all come together and be more agreeable to me by the time I’m done.

    But you lost me when you got to the part about this Leviticus passage. I know, Moses was not able to see God. God told Moses that he must not see his face or he will die.

    But we are not talking about approaching God. We’re talking about approaching the altar. And we’re talking about only men with defects. I don’t think this passage is talking about everyone. It’s talking about specific people, those with disabilities and illnesses. That’s how it reads.

    Why are “men with defects” singled out in this passage? That is my question. Why does this passage not talk about all men in general and only talks about men with defects.

    The way it’s worded, it sounds like only men without defects may approach the altar. This passage makes me angry. Why should I honor a God who tells me that if I approach the altar I would so desececrat His fucking sanctuary?

    When I posted this exact same entry on Facebook, Aunt Cathie said “Yes, back then for sure. That’s why Jesus came to set them straight.”

    Well, I hope that this Leviticus passage was man’s error and not actually God’s word, because I wouldn’t want to be onboard with a god who said such a thing at one time or another, never mind if things changed when Jesus came around.

    Eugenics exist in our society because of passages like this in the Bible. There was a time when thousands of people with disabilities were locked up and stereolized. That Oakdale place that used to be by West High School is one of the places that they did this. I take things like this very personally.

    But again, I still have a long way to go before I’m done with the Bible. So, we’ll see how it turns out farther along. But if it doesn’t feel any better by the time I’m done, I might give up on Christianity.

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