Leviticus and Deuteronomy: Laws, Guidelines and Commandments
In the times before Jesus Christ, things in the life were very different as far as how one could be forgiven for sins and being unholy. You were considered holy or unholy, pure or impure, clean or unclean, etc., depending on many different factors. The main points and main ideas of Leviticus are concerned with priestly worship and guidelines set in place by God through Moses. The ideas I have found to characterize Deuteronomy is laws written by Moses, the explanation of the Ten Commandments, and that one should obey God and God will bless you. The author of these books is Moses, and he is to provide instruction and laws to guide his people and if they fail to do so, show them how they may be redeemed.
In the first segment of the Leviticus there is a series of steps regarding sacrifices and burnt offerings. In Leviticus, Moses provides detailed instructions on how burnt offerings are presented on the altar, slaughtered, taken apart and burnt so that there is a pleasing odor for God. Special instructions are also provided for when offerings are made to do away with guilt and sin.
In the next section is related to the consecration of Aaron and his sons. All God asked for was to follow what Moses had instructed them to do so when offering the sin offering, the burnt offering and the offering of well-being. In Leviticus 10, Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu were consumed by God’s fire, therefore they died, because they did not respect the instructions provided by Moses. They decided that they would just burn incense and made an “alien fire”, God was not pleased so he consumed them with the fire. Moses then said to Aaron:
“This is what the LORD meant when He said:
Through those near to Me I show Myself holy,
And gain glory before all people.”
Aaron was silent after that. Of course he was heart stricken by the death of his son, but there was nothing that could be done. They did not take God serious, to the...