Bible Study with Jairus-Leviticus 20
Leviticus 20 records the three kinds of punishments for the various crimes in Israel and their corresponding intensity. Leviticus 20:2 says that “Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death.” Verse 9 then states that “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.” Verse 10 follows with, “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the adulterer and adulteress are to be put to death” and verse 11 says, that “If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, both the man and the woman are to be put to death” Leviticus 20:12 states that “If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law, both of them are to be put to death.” Verse 13 follows by saying that “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, they are to be put to death.” Verse 14 states that “If a man marries both a woman and her mother, both he and they must be burned in the fire.” Verse 15 then says that “If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he is to be put to death.” Finally, in verse 27, also states “that the medium or spiritist must be stoned to death.” The scriptures above are more serious sins, and God’s final judgment is for the offenders to be killed. Note that the degree of judgement in the situations below is quite different. I didn't notice the difference when I first started reading the Bible, but after the woman shared her perspective this week, I noticed that there was actually a distinct difference in the level and intensity. Verse 17 says that “If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, they are to be publicly removed from their people.” What does “publicly removed” mean? Does it refer to killing? I do not believe it refers to killing, but rather cutting him out from the people or community. The following verse says that “If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her monthly period, both of them are to be cut off from their people.” From here, we can presume that maybe what it’s saying is to be cut off from Israeli traffic.