Does God despise handicap and disfigured people?


The Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.” Leviticus 21:16-21
            If you look at this passage out of context, then it appears God doesn’t approve of handicapped or disfigured people, but this stipulation only applied to the Levites, the priests.  The offerings presented to God needed to be from a male without defect.  That meant that the priests needed to not have a defect also.  God wanted the people to give their best and the priests needed to be the best themselves.
            In the story of Mephibosheth, King David showed love and mercy to a handicapped person and said he would eat at the king’s table all his life.  Jesus even healed those who were lame, mute and blind.
            Jesus would come as a sacrifice, fulfilling the requirement “without defect” which in that case meant without sin.  The priest had to symbolically represented Christ in a physical manner.