The priest and his family

Leviticus Bible Background

02.15.2019 – Old Testament: Lev 21.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 20–21 on February 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The priests representing Israel before God in the tabernacle, had to meet requirements, including these:

“They shall not take a wife who is a harlot or a defiled woman, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest is holy to his God. Therefore you shall consecrate him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy. The daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, she profanes her father. She shall be burned with fire” (Leviticus 21.7–9).

The priests needed, in some ways, to resemble God, or at least be able to be in God’s presence. Someone may argue that God did not have a wife, but it is also true that He was married to His people. Therefore, the priest had to take a woman who had never been with a man before, but was a virgin, even as Israel had to have God only as a husband.

Even the daughter of a priest could not profane herself, for in so doing she profaned her father.


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