A priest must not marry a desecrated woman

The Literal Commandment

They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God. (Leviticus 21:7)

 

The priests, the sons of Aaron (verse 1) may not take a profaned woman for a wife.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Pictures of Messiah

A woman who has had a previous sexual relationship but is not married is considered "profaned". In our unbelieving state we wilfully engaged in interactions with the world and its ways and became profaned. Once we become belivers we would be forbidden to "marry" our Great High Priest: the Messiah.

Fortunately, He makes believers into a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) and a new creation (Galatians 6:15). Since we are now a "new creation" we can be "married" to our Great High Priest and we eagerly await the marriage supper of the Lamb (Lamb 19:9).

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

Messiah did not fulfill this commandment. The commandment is given to the priests of the Levitical priesthood. Since Messiah is not from the tribe of Levi this commandment does not apply to Him.

 

Traditional Observance

Traditional observance of this commandment was the literal fulfillment of the Levitical priests not marrying anyone who has had a forbidden sexual relationship. This may involve an inspection by a neutral third party (always a female) to verify the virginity of the prospective bride.

 

Other Notes

All men who are of the tribe of Levi today should not marry women who were involved in any prior sexual relationship, forbidden or otherwise. The men of Levi are able tofulfill this commandment today.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 174
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 25- Forbidden Sexual Relations
  • Reference Leviticus 21:7
  • Scripture Book Leviticus
  • Chapter 21
  • Verse 7
  • English They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God.
  • Hebrew ז אִשָּׁה זֹנָה וַחֲלָלָה לֹא יִקָּחוּ, וְאִשָּׁה גְּרוּשָׁה מֵאִישָׁהּ לֹא יִקָּחוּ: כִּי-קָדֹשׁ הוּא, לֵאלֹהָיו.
  • Greek 7 γυναῖκα πόρνην καὶ βεβηλωμένην οὐ λήμψονται καὶ γυναῖκα ἐκβεβλημένην ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς αὐτῆς· ἅγιός ἐστιν τῷ κυρίῳ θεῷ αὐτοῦ.
  • Parashah 31- Emor
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 267
  • Sef. Hach. Command That a kohen is prohibited from marrying a profaned woman
  • Category Levites & Priests
  • We can fullfill today Maybe

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