Read 55.) Leviticus 18:1 thru 20:27. Here is where the Bible really catches heck from those outside! They don’t mind just ignoring God’s 10 Commandments, but within the remaining Laws of Moses are all these prohibitions: Don’t do this, and don’t do that. This really ‘sticks in their craw’! Chapter 18 is full of unlawful sexual relations. This is not just religion. These are values! If you were to go through all of these, and you were to state that you may only have lawful sexual relations with your one wife, that would provide a very reasonable summary of all chapter 18, would it not? Verse 22 really attracts some of the most attention. It is God’s ban of, or proscription against, homosexual relations. This is a very serious sticking point today, but as an appropriate Biblical value, it still stands in the eyes of God. The very simple matter of human anatomy and physiology, as it pertains to human sexual organs, and their correspondence or correlation, should really be all that it should take to settle the matter… but, not for any who are just not willing to follow the way of God. The male human sexual anatomy corresponds and correlates to the female human sexual anatomy. This is by DESIGN, and the Designer says to love and engage in sexual relations within that parameter and monogamous marriage! Too much for you?
Chapter 19 speaks of more no-no’s, but they all relate to holiness. But, please note verse 18! It states The Second Great Commandment that Jesus spoke of in the Gospels. The first was found in Deuteronomy 6:5, but many do not realize that the Second is also from the Hebrew Bible, and is found here. And, what was it that Jesus said, all the Law hangs on these 2 Commandments. Doesn’t it though? And, how about verse 28, concerning tattoo marks? These had to do with one identifying with their particular deity. Especially noteworthy is the proscription of all that has to do with the occult. There are spirits and demons. Have nothing to do with anything that has to do with them! Go through all of these, and note how many find a direct relation to 1 of The 10 Commandments. They can be applied in a number of ways, and these serve to make for a solid, moral values system.
Chapter 20 then stipulates some of the specific punishments or penalties for violations of these codes. The simplest explanation is that willful violation of the 1st through the 7th Commandments was punishable by death. Further, the proscription against homosexual relations was among those punishable by death in ancient theocratic Israel, says verse 13. This serves to further certify that it is a standing sexual value within sound religion today, as well. Note, from verse 22, that national violation would result in expulsion from the land, and so it will one day, as it is one of the prophecies concerning Israel and fulfilled within the Old Testament. Verses 24 and 26 define holiness. It is the setting apart unto God, and sexual purity is one part of that, as is the separation from anything having to do with the occult. Modern-day Christians are to practice these today as sound Biblical and godly values. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell