Leviticus 21: Rules for the Priestly class


Synopsis:

God lays out rules for the priests, the sons of Aaron. These involve who they can marry and have sex with. The need for them not to engage in any defiling sex or incest. The need to not shave, and to have a virgin as a wife. Anyone of Aaron’s seed who are blemished, blind or otherwise not perfectly healthy may not serve God.

In other words:

God expects his priests to behave better than the regular folk.

Favorite bit:

Leviticus 21:11 – the priests are prohibited from engaging in necrophilia.

Least favorite bit:

Leviticus 21:20 – This says that anyone without a perfect body, who is a dwarf or has eye sight problems, can’t serve the Lord. I can’t imagine how much discrimination has resulted from this verse over the years.

Moral Lessons learned:


  • If you are a leader, you are held to a higher standard (Leviticus 21)
  • Don’t have sex with dead people (Leviticus 21:11)