Spiritual Training 12 May 2015 (Leviticus)

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Under Gods Command (Book of Leviticus)

Instructions for the people

Clean and Unclean Food

11:44-45 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

There is more to this chapter than eating right. These verses provide a key to understanding all the laws and regulations in Leviticus. God wanted his people to be holy (set apart, different, unique), just as he is holy. He knew they had only two options: to be separate and holy, or to compromise with their pagan neighbors and become corrupt. That is why he called them out of idolatrous Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation, dedicated to worshiping him alone and leading moral lives. That is also why he designed laws and restrictions to help them remain separate—both socially and spiritually—from the wicked pagan nations they would encounter in Canaan.

Lets Bring this Home: Christians also are called to be holy (1 Peter 1:15). Like the Israelites, we should remain spiritually separate from the world’s wickedness, even though, unlike the Israelites, we rub shoulders with unbelievers every day. It is no easy task to be holy in an unholy world, but God doesn’t ask you to accomplish this on your own. He has provided help. Through the death of his Son, you are “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22). With Christ, you can live in the world without having to be of the world.

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