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613 Mitzvot Listed by Category: Cohenim and Levites

The challenge for believers in Yeshua today is knowing what instructions apply. Many have been taught that Torah is no longer valid for believers. What many fail to realize is that the New Covenant writings don't contradict Torah but affirms it. Messiah Himself provides us with proper instruction in how we are to live. The basis of His teaching is Torah. Below is a key that will help to understand what instructions are valid today, what can't be done, what applies to the Jewish people only, whether in the land or not. There are some instructions that are open for debate.

Valid for Believers Today Can No Longer Be Followed Applies to Israel Specifically Applies to Israel - but can be followed by Gentiles Open for Debate

Given to Israel specifically to incorporate judicial structure for the nation, many of these instructions can be followed by believers today.

Number Type Description Commandment Scripture
372 Positive That the cohanim shall put on priestly vestments for the service You are to make for your brother Aharon garments set apart for serving God, expressing dignity and splendor. Exodus 28:2
373 Negative Not to tear the High cohen's robe It is to have an opening for the head in the middle. Around the opening is to be a border woven like the neck of a coat of mail, so that it won't tear. Exodus 28:32
374 Positive That the cohen shall not enter the Sanctuary at all times (i.e., at times when he is not performing service) Adonai said to Moshe, "Tell your brother Aharon not to come at just any time into the Holy Place beyond the curtain, in front of the ark-cover which is on the ark, so that he will not die; because I appear in the cloud over the ark-cover. Leviticus 16:2
375 Negative That the ordinary cohen shall not defile himself by contact with any dead, other than immediate relatives Adonai said to Moshe, "Speak to the cohanim, the sons of Aharon; tell them: 'No cohen is to make himself unclean for any of his people who dies, except for his close relatives \emdash his mother, father, son, daughter and brother; he may also make himself unclean for his virgin sister who has never married and is therefore dependent on him. Leviticus 21:1 - 3
376 Positive That the cohanim defile themselves for their deceased relatives (by attending their burial), and mourn for them like other Israelites, who are commanded to mourn for their relatives he may also make himself unclean for his virgin sister who has never married and is therefore dependent on him. Leviticus 21:3
377 Positive That a cohen who had an immersion during the day (to cleanse him from his uncleanness) shall not serve in the Sanctuary until after sunset Rather, they are to be holy for their God and not profane the name of their God. For they are the ones who present Adonai with offerings made by fire, the bread of their God; therefore they must be holy. Leviticus 21:6
378 Positive That a cohen shall not marry a divorced woman " 'A cohen is not to marry a woman who is a prostitute, who has been profaned or who has been divorced; because he is holy for his God. Leviticus 21:7
379 Positive That a cohen shall not marry a harlot " 'A cohen is not to marry a woman who is a prostitute, who has been profaned or who has been divorced; because he is holy for his God. Leviticus 21:7
380 Positive That a cohen shall not marry a profaned woman " 'A cohen is not to marry a woman who is a prostitute, who has been profaned or who has been divorced; because he is holy for his God. Leviticus 21:7
381 Positive To show honor to a cohen, and to give him precedence in all things that are holy Rather, you are to set him apart as holy, because he offers the bread of your God; he is to be holy for you, because I, Adonai, who makes you holy, am holy. Leviticus 21:8
382 Positive That a High Cohen shall not defile himself with any dead, even if they are relatives go in to where any dead body is or make himself unclean, even when his father or mother dies. Leviticus 21:11
383 Positive That a High Cohen shall not go (under the same roof) with a dead body go in to where any dead body is or make himself unclean, even when his father or mother dies. Leviticus 21:11
384 Positive That the High Cohen shall marry a virgin " 'He is to marry a virgin; Leviticus 21:13
385 Positive That the High Cohen shall not marry a widow he may not marry a widow, divorcee, profaned woman or prostitute; but he must marry a virgin from among his own people Leviticus 21:14
386 Positive That the High Cohen shall not cohabit with a widow, even without marriage, because he profanes her and not disqualify his descendants among his people; because I am Adonai, who makes him holy.' " Leviticus 21:15
387 Positive That a person with a physical blemish shall not serve (in the Sanctuary) "Tell Aharon, 'None of your descendants who has a defect may approach to offer the bread of his God. Leviticus 21:17
388 Positive That a cohen with a temporary blemish shall not serve there no one descended from Aharon the cohen who has such a defect may approach to present the offerings for Adonai made by fire; he has a defect and is not to approach to offer the bread of his God. Leviticus 21:21
389 Positive That a person with a physical blemish shall not enter the Sanctuary further than the altar only he is not to go in to the curtain or approach the altar, because he has a defect so that he will not profane my holy places, because I am Adonai, who makes them holy.' Leviticus 21:23
390 Positive That a cohen who is unclean shall not serve (in the Sanctuary) except for his close relatives \emdash his mother, father, son, daughter and brother; he may also make himself unclean for his virgin sister who has never married and is therefore dependent on him. Leviticus 21:2 - 3
391 Positive To send the unclean out of the Camp of the Shechinah, that is, out of the Sanctuary "Order the people of Isra'el to expel from the camp everyone with tzara`at, everyone with a discharge and whoever is unclean because of touching a corpse. Numbers 5:2
392 Positive That a cohen who is unclean shall not enter the courtyard "Order the people of Isra'el to expel from the camp everyone with tzara`at, everyone with a discharge and whoever is unclean because of touching a corpse. Both male and female you must expel; put them outside the camp; so that they won't defile their camp, where I live among you." Numbers 5:2 - 3
393 Positive That the cohanim shall bless Israel "Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra'el: you are to say to them, Numbers 6:23
394 Positive To set apart a portion of the dough for the kohein Set aside from your first dough a cake as a gift; set it aside as you would set aside a portion of the grain from the threshing-floor. Numbers 15:20
395 Positive That the Levites shall not occupy themselves with the service that belongs to the cohanim, nor the cohanim with that belonging to the Levites They are to be at your disposal and perform all kinds of tasks related to the tent; only they are not to come near the holy furnishings or the altar, so that neither they nor you will die. Numbers 18:3
396 Positive That one not a descendant of Aaron in the male line shall not serve (in the Sanctuary) They will work together with you in your duties related to the tent of meeting, whatever the service in the tent may be; but an unauthorized person is not to come near you. You will take charge of all the holy things and the altar, so that there will no longer be anger against the people of Isra'el. I myself have taken your kinsmen the L'vi'im from among the people of Isra'el; they have been given as a gift to Adonai for you, so that you can perform the service in the tent of meeting. You and your sons with you will exercise your prerogatives and duties as cohanim in regard to everything having to do with the altar and within the curtain. I entrust the service required of cohanim to you; the unauthorized person who tries to perform it is to be put to death." Numbers 18:4 - 7
397 Positive That the Levite shall serve in the Sanctuary Only the L'vi'im are to perform the service in the tent of meeting, and they will be responsible for whatever they do wrong. This is to be a permanent regulation through all your generations. They are to have no inheritance among the people of Isra'el, Numbers 18:23
398 Positive To give the Levites cities to dwell in, these to serve also as cities of refuge "Order the people of Isra'el to give to the L'vi'im cities to live in from the heritage they will possess, and you are also to give the L'vi'im some of the open land surrounding the cities. Numbers 35:2
399 Positive That none of the tribe of Levi shall take any portion of territory in the land (of Israel) The cohanim, who are L'vi'im, and indeed the whole tribe of Levi, is not to have a share or an inheritance with Isra'el. Instead, their support will come from the food offered by fire to Adonai and from whatever else becomes his. Deuteronomy 18:1
400 Positive That none of the tribe of Levi shall take any share of the spoil (at the conquest of the Promised Land) The cohanim, who are L'vi'im, and indeed the whole tribe of Levi, is not to have a share or an inheritance with Isra'el. Instead, their support will come from the food offered by fire to Adonai and from whatever else becomes his. Deuteronomy 18:1
401 Positive That the cohanim shall serve in the Sanctuary in divisions, but on festivals, they all serve together "If a Levi from one of your towns anywhere in Isra'el where he is living comes, highly motivated, to the place which Adonai will choose, then he will serve there in the name of Adonai his God, just like his kinsmen the L'vi'im who stand and serve in the presence of Adonai. Such a Levi will receive the same share as they do, in addition to what he may receive from selling his inherited ancestral property. Deuteronomy 18:6 - 8

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