Lev 21; 22: "Having set down the practical applications of
holiness for the people, the Law now gives consideration to the priests. They
are to manifest a separateness more exclusive and complete than the people, for
they are Yahweh's representatives to the world. The ordinary priests are to be
without blemish as far as is physically possible, whilst the High Priest is
required to manifest an exclusiveness even more extreme than the priests.
Instructions are given concerning the conduct, appearance, food and offerings of
such. In view of their high office they were expected to be ceremonially "clean"
(Isa 52:11), and to shadow forth the righteousness at which all Israelites were
to aim. The High Priest typified the status and person of the Lord Jesus as High
Priest after the order of Melchizedek; the ordinary priests represented his
brethren. Of the former it is written that he 'offered himself without spot unto
God' (Heb 9:14), for he 'did no sin' (1Pe 2:22). Of the latter it is taught that
they are called to be 'holy and without blame' before God in love' (Eph 1:4),
'perfect and complete in all the will of God' (Col 4:12), 'perfect and entire
and lacking nothing' (Jam 1:4). This is shadowed forth in the instructions now
IF A PRIEST'S DAUGHTER DEFILES HERSELF BY BECOMING A
PROSTITUTE... SHE MUST BE BURNED IN THE FIRE: Cp Rev 18:8: the destruction
of "Babylon" suggests the death of a priest's daughter who has prostituted
herself; the truth of God had been corrupted by the ones who should have kept it
pure. In like manner Israel is described in Eze 16.
Vv 10,11: The High Priest could not approach any dead body,
even that of a near relative. Even more stringent than rule for sons (vv