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?