Today's passage: Leviticus 18
- Israel was to be distinct from all other nations. Separated unto God and separated from sin. Holy. Chapter 18 gives commands concerning sexual holiness.
- The nations surrounding Israel (even the nations in the Promised Land who preceded Israel) committed sexual sins which God called “abominations” and were judged for them. These were not just sinful for Israel, but for all peoples.
- An abomination is a thing that causes disgust, a detestable act.
- These laws forbade incest (Both by blood and through marriage), intimacy during menstruation, homosexuality, bestiality and adultery.
- Verse 19 contains the only law in this chapter that is not repeated in the New Testament in some way (Intimacy during menstruation). This law makes sense in the context of the Old Covenant in keeping with Leviticus 15:19-24.
Questions to consider:
- What laws do we read in this passage that were violated even by the patriarchs of Israel (Prior to the written law)? Were those men and their families saved by their obedience or by turning out “OK” in the end or were they saved through something else (Romans 4:3)?
- How would the prohibition in verse 21 fit into the context of the rest of the chapter? If one of the purposes of sex is procreation, how does verse 21 (Among many other problems!) go against God's design? How might this even help us to understand verses 19 and 20 better?
- Beyond just the people involved, who/what suffers as a result of these sexual sins? How does the “land” (Or, the people group(s) of the land) suffer when sexual sin runs rampant? What is the true answer for those who are bound up in these abominations (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)?