Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Kedoshim V

In Leviticus on April 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

“7 You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I the Lord am your God. 8 You shall faithfully observe My laws: I the Lord make you holy.”

Why say “sanctify yourselves and be holy”, only to turn around and say “I the Lord make you holy”? Why are these lines grouped as they are?

I think Amos reading is clear here: anyone who engages in or is complicit with Molech worship is sand or chaff in the sieve. What does “set My face against” mean? Ire? Or something more? Does God tell Moses that Moses would die if he saw His face?

Does “the people of the land” mean the Israelites, or the natives? Why not say “the Israelites” or “the Israelites and those among them”?

Why single Molech out here? Is it significant that the word “Molech” is similar to the word “King”?


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