‘This is the law of jealousy, when a wife, while under her husband’s authority, goes astray and defiles herself, or when the spirit of jealousy comes upon a man, and he becomes jealous of his wife; then he shall stand the woman before the Lord , and the priest shall execute all this law upon her. Then the man shall be free from iniquity, but that woman shall bear her guilt.’
-The law of jealousy basically focused on the institution of marriage where either the wife would go astray by defiling herself or the husband become jealous of her while in marriage with suspicion of immorality. The man would then bring his wife to the priest with an offering of jealousy. This included; one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal with no oil or frankincense on it. The priest would then take holy water in an earthen vessel mixed with dust from the floor of the tabernacle. He would place her before the altar, uncover her head and put the grain offering of jealousy in her hands. He would then have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse and administer an oath to her that would either bring a curse and disgrace upon her or absolution depending on whether she is guilty or innocent. The priest would then write these curses in a book and scrape them off into the bitter water. The priest would then burn a portion of the offering on the altar and make her drink the water. If she is guilty her stomach would swell and thigh rot but if she is innocent; she would continue to bear children. Christ our Father taught us the law of love which causes moral order and spiritual authority in us, and brings us to forgiveness through His grace. He openly forgave the adulterous woman saying, let he who has no sin cast the first stone. Christ calls to love one another as ourselves and forgive just as He has forgiven us.
Our Father who at in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from all evil. For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
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