Week 10: Leviticus 16-27

Prepare these questions for Sunday, May 19, 2013.
We will not meet on May 5 due to Service Sunday or May 12 due to Mother's Day.

1.  Chapter 16 is about the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  What is the scapegoat and what was its purpose?

2.  Eating blood is forbidden in Chapter 17 (how disappointing, right?).  What reasons are given for this rule?  Any guesses why that would matter to God?

3.  Throughout Chapters 18-26 the phrase "I am the Lord" is repeated (sometimes "I, the Lord your God, am holy").  What does this tell you about the purpose for so many rules and regulations for the Israelites?

4.  Some of these regulations seem clear or obvious (do no have sexual relations with close relatives), some are kind of confusing (do not wear cloth woven with two kinds of material--does that mean cotton-poly blends are out?), and some are controversial (homosexuality, tattoos, and mediums are all mentioned here).  Why do you think there is such a wide range of topics in these verses?  How do they apply to today's world?

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