Be Holy Because I Am Holy

Scripture: Leviticus 11:44, ‘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 about on the ground.’

 

Observations: In this chapter God outlines which animals are clean and may be eaten and which are unclean and may not be eaten. Animals with both a split hoof and that chew the cud may be eaten but those with only one may not (v3-8). Only sea creatures with fins and scales may be eaten (v9-12). Certain birds may not be eaten, mainly raptors and the stork family (v13-19). Only certain insects may be eaten such as locusts, crickets and grasshoppers (v20-23). The reason why they must avoid certain animals, sea creatures, birds and insects is because the Lord is holy and they are to ‘consecrate themselves and be holy.’ God doesn’t have anything against these unclean creatures, after all he made them all, and later he tells Peter, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean. (Act 10:15)’ The point is that God wanted his people to be different, he wanted them to reflect his holiness to the world.

 

Application: Our God is still holy, and he still wants us to be holy like he is holy (1 Pet 1:15-16). In what ways can we show that we are holy? Obviously by obeying God’s commands, by loving God and others. But also in other more specific ways. Even though we are no longer bound by the law but by grace, because of God’s grace we will want to honour God in all that we do. Even though we are not bound by the tithe we will stand out by our generosity towards God and his work. Even though we aren’t bound by the Sabbath, we will stand out by how much time we set aside to worship God and encourage his people. Even though we aren’t bound by food laws we may avoid certain things in order to honour God i.e. alcohol. How do you reflect God’s holiness?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are holy and righteous, all your ways are perfect and good. May my life reflect Your holiness, so that when people see me they might praise You and give You glory. Lord, help me see in what ways my life isn’t honouring to You, where I am unholy, that I might repent of those things and change how I live. Lord, give me wisdom as I live in this broken world that I might make choices that honour you, rather than just fitting in with everyone else. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.  

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