Old Testament 4

Posted: July 20, 2016 in Old Testament
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Last week we ended with the following question.  Why was sex with a close relative allowed in Genesis but not in
Leviticus?

Initially, in Genesis, there was nothing inherently wrong with close relative sex.  It’s how the world was populated.

In Genesis, human genetics were far more free of defects.  That changed with time.

When sin entered the world, genetic defects increased with every generation.

As time went on and genetic defects increased, God made close relative sex (incest) illegal.  God gave this law to
Moses to communicate to the Israelites in Leviticus 18.  See Old Testament 3 to read a couple scriptures.

I’m not a scientist but here’s how I understand it.  We all have genes from our parents and these
genes have defects in them.  When identical genes with the same defect are combined from a brother
and sister into a child, it causes the child to have deformities.  The more closely related, the more 
likely the problem.  As time went on, this is why incest was made illegal in Leviticus.  This is why
incest is considered illegal and immoral today.

Next week, we will continue with the lineage from Adam and Eve to Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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