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Holy and Common
Rehearse the circumstances: They had confused 'holy' and 'common'.
I. This distinction was the leading idea of religion for many years. It was not based upon any intrinsic difference, moral or physical. Nor was it confined to Judaism.
II. Now, something has changed our way of thinking. Priesthood cannot be regarded apart from the personal quality of the man. The punishment of sacrilege, as such, has been everywhere abolished.
III. Is this because our time is less religious? No, but because it is more so. The change has been effected by Christ. He has subordinated every other distinction to the fundamental one of intrinsic goodness or badness.
IV. But the distinction of 'holy' and 'common' is a constant one also. The governing principle seems to be that goodness is of transcendent value; and lifts into value everything connected with itself.
S. D. McConnell, Sermon Stuff, p. 101.
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Nicoll, William Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Leviticus 10". Expositor's Dictionary of Text. https://www.studylight.org/
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