Leviticus 21 Outline
– The priest must not mourn for anyone except his close relatives (Leviticus 21:1-4)
– The priest cannot marry a prostitute or divorced women (Leviticus 21:5-8)
– The daughter of a priest who prostitute herself shall be burned in the fire (Leviticus 21:9)
– The high priest must not let his hair unkempt or tear his clothes or enter a place where there is a dead body, make himself unclean for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary (Leviticus 21:10-12)
– The priest must only marry a virgin (Leviticus 21:13-15)
– No descendant of Aaron that has a physical defect can offer food sacrifices or enter the Most Holy Place (Leviticus 21:16-23)
– Moses told everything to the Israelites (Leviticus 21:24)
Leviticus 21 Summary
In Leviticus 21:1-6, the priest is not to mourn for any of his people except for his close relatives such as mother, father, children, brother, and sister who depend on his provisions.
In Leviticus 21:7-8 and Leviticus 21:13-15, The priest must not marry women defiled by prostitution, divorced, widowed so that he won’t defile his offsprings
In Leviticus 21:9, if a daughter of the priest defile herself through prostitution, she shall be burned in the fire
In Leviticus 21:10-12, the high priest who has the anointing oil must not let his hair unkempt or tear his clothes or enter a place where there is a dead body, make himself unclean for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary.
In Leviticus 21:16-23, No descendant of Aaron may come to offer food of his God including a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken. He can eat the most holy food but he cannoy go into the Most Holy Place or come near the altar.
In Leviticus 21:24, Moses instructed the Israelites everything God told him.
Leviticus 21 Bible Study
1. Put God first
The priest cannot mourn for anyone including his wife except members of his own family such as children, brother and sister. We must put God first in our lives and obey his commandments in whatever things that we do. In Matthew 6:33, but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. In Proverbs 3:6, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
2. The church should be kept pure and holy as Christ’s bride
In the Old Testament times, the priest must only marry a virgin, which represents Christ’s bride. The church represents Christ’s bride. The church must keep himself holy and follow all God’s commandments. In Ephesians 5:25-30, husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.