Week 30: Holy, Holy, Holy

Week 30: Holy, Holy, Holy

Today’s Text: Leviticus 19-21

Key Text: Leviticus 19:1-2

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: “Be holy, because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”’

If I were to pick only a few verses that, for me, sum up the whole book of Leviticus, it would be these first two from the 19th chapter.

It seems to me that all the legal requirements, all the prescribed rites, all the ritualistic instruction, point to this one thing: “Be holy, because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

Thousands of years after those words were first spoken, millions of people still find great meaning in ritual and religious rites of various forms.  Millions more may go through their daily lives giving little thought to religion.

How about you?

Where do you fit in this great mix of humanity?

Is religion especially important in your life, or at best a perfunctory practice?

Is faith best expressed in intellectual study, meditation, charitable action or outreach – or some combination of all of these?

However you, at this point in your life, choose to relate to religion and faith – one thing, according to Scripture, has always been true, and always will be true.

God is holy.

That is worth pondering in and of itself.

The Creator and Sustainer of the universe is holy.

What does that mean to you? How do you relate to God in light of this ancient truth? Does it draw you closer to God, or cause you to draw away?

Each of us, ultimately, must come to terms with what we think of – and how we relate to – this holy God.

When I ponder this – one thing comes to mind.

Yes, God is holy. God is also, according to my understanding of scripture, the embodiment of love.

That helps me approach God’s holiness a little more easily.

How about you?

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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