reply to post by Wo0kiEE
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine
claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
In early Israel, legal punishment was slavery for stealing. There were also slaves working off debt that could not be paid by the family. The third
reason to be a servant to a land owner was for a job. They did not 'own' slaves simply as forced labor. This is a misunderstanding.
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
Selling a daughter into the service of a family was for arranged marriages. We do not understand this today, but in the East, this was and still is
the policy in some places. For the daughter, this was advantageous. For the community, this was a way of life and accepted by all, including the
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I
tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
This was critical in a day and age when showers were not taken each day. These were people living in the desert. The same goes for circumcision.
Women suffered infection from males who were filthy.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They
claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
This is all symbolism for the sacrifice that a person makes to release pride to God in faith. Compare this to baptism. Baptism is the symbol for
immersion of the soul into the water of the material world. Compare this to the veil of the temple and the holy area of the priest. The veil over
the mind is what this symbolizes. This allows us to live by faith and not fact.
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him
myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
This was in the worst case. Stoning was rare and only for capital offenses. All stoning was seen as the way to punish someone who thumbed their nose
at the law of the land. Bernie Maidoff would have been stoned.
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t
agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
God set all law into motion in the universe. When we go against the law, nature answers with a correction. In the day and age of the Hebrew,
refrigeration was not available. There are MANY ways to get sick from shellfish, especially when it is not fresh and preserved. This was the WORST
food a person could eat if not caught fresh. So YES, it was an abomination. Homosexuality involves oral sex. Oral sex, in the Hebrew world, would
have been a sure way to die in the desert via infection and sickness. This is also opposite of what God intended for the family. Children need a
mother and a father to grow up as intended by God. This is the design.
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my
vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?
This the law concerning priests. This was actually a way to help the poor. "He shall eat of the sacrifices with the other priests, even the most
holy things, such as the show-bread and the sin-offerings, as well as the holy things, such as the tithes and first-fruits, and the priests’ share
of the peace-offerings." Matthew Henry.
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How
should they die?
Again, the health of the population was a consideration. Pride in the heart can be seen when a man adorns himself to gain attention. Pride is what
God was trying to replace with faith in the individual by revealing it with the law. Ultimately, Christ is the answer to true faith. The law was the
guardian. Galatians 3