Leviticus 21-22 — George Washington’s vision at Valley Forge and God’s approach to sanctification

These two chapters of Leviticus and the vision George Washington had at Valley Forge have some interesting connections.

George Washington was at the end of his rope figuratively speaking as he and his men arrived at Valley Forge. No food, no supplies and strongly questioning his calling, George Washington was truly a desperate man. However, just as he was considering giving up on his venture and sending his soldiers away, he received a vision of the country he was striving to create. He was given his purpose back. He had a calling to be head and shoulders above other men in his conduct as he fought to free the colonies from British rule.

The book of Leviticus also gives a vision, an understanding of how a priest is supposed to conduct himself and why the priesthood were supposed to conduct themselves more carefully than their brethren as they worked to bring the people closer to God.

Thought Questions

Why was George Washington called the Father of the United States?
What vision did he see when he was at his low point at Valley Forge?
How does Washington’s vision relate to this passage in Leviticus?
How many times does God say in these chapters, “it is I who sanctify you”?
How does God sanctify a person or a priest?
What was the job of the priest?
How did priests have to deal with defilement?
How did God want us to deal with people who don’t follow Torah as we do?
How were men supposed to shave or not shave their beards?
Who is the most famous person in the bible who was clean shaven?
What is the difference between a free will offering a vow?
Why was it ok to offer an animal with an extended limb as a free will offering?
What does the text say about people who are physically deformed such as hunchback or “dwarf”?
Are they banned from worshiping God at all?

Speaker: Richard Agee. Reader: Dave De Fever.

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