Analysis Of Hamilton's 'Laws In Levius'
According to Victor P. Hamilton (2015), “In Chs. 17-27 the primary focus is not so much on how God’s people are to worship as on how they are to live; those who worship a holy God will aspire to live holy lives and appropriate the resources that a holy God makes available to them to so order their lives” (p. 282).
In Leviticus Chapter 19:19, recorded are laws against mixtures. It is not clear as to why this group of laws would appear here especially since they seemingly are unrelated commands. God gives instructions forbidding the mixing of His creation of nature. God is the creator of all things and what He has created He has declared it to be good and perfect by His design.
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19 is a collection of ethical and ritual laws, many of which conclude with the phrase “I am the Lord your God.” This phrase is used fourteen times in this chapter (as opposed to five times in Ch. 18 and only two in Ch. 20). The repeated use of this phrase underscores the fact that these laws are rooted in God and in his holy character” (Hamilton, 2015, p. 287).
As I applied the inductive Bible study methods consisting of the five W’s and the how, verse two of chapter nineteen sets theme for this chapter. God is holy and commands that His people be holy as it is written in Lev. 19:2 (KJV), “Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” This theme of holiness in repeated in Chapter 20 verses 7, and 26. Hamilton has recorded the occurrences of this context throughout the book of Leviticus and from his table he records a total of 235 occurrences. God’s call to holiness comes as a divine ultimatum (pp. 282-283).
The theme of holiness actually begins in Chapter 18 which is commonly known as “The Law of Holiness” and concludes this section on holiness in Chapter 20 verse 27. God repeats Himself and constantly reminds the people that He is their God. In verse three of Chapter 18, God follows the who in verse two and gives the why for His instructions to His people that Moses is about to give …show more content…
In Chapter 20, verses 9, 15-16, 18 and 27, the penalties for acts of immorality are given. The penalty for cursing of one’s parents, bestiality, and the practice of witchcraft was death. The penalty speaks for the seriousness of God’s command, and the severity of the punishment is meant to deter lawbreakers.
In Leviticus 21 God gives “The Law of Priestly Holiness.” In verses 17-18 God speaks to Moses and sets forth His ordinance for ministering priests that they must be free from physical defects. It is written in Lev 21:17 (KJV) “Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. Lev 21:18 (KJV) For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or anything