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Being Holy


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 18,19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 19:1-19

 

It can be easy to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus.  Some people may even dismiss most of Leviticus altogether as a listing of strange rituals that applied in a completely different time.  While it is true that some of things we read about in this book, such as animal sacrifice, no longer apply to us after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is still much we can learn about the nature and character of God in this book.  The theme of the entire book of Leviticus can really be summed up in a single verse at the beginning of chapter 19 – “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)  God wanted His people to be holy and set apart from others around them.  He knew that there were really only two options for His people – to separate themselves and be holy or to become corrupted by the world around them.  In an effort to separate His people and keep them holy, He provided them with an outline for how to live a holy life focused on God.

As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.  Many of the sins listed in Leviticus are taken very lightly by the world today and some are even considered acceptable behavior by people judging by their own standards and not God’s standards.  The fact remains that our God is a consistent God.  The things He found detestable in Leviticus are still the same things He finds detestable today.  Fortunately, He does not expect us to try to be holy in this world filled with ungodliness all on our own.  While we must still obey His commands out of love for Him, He also gives us some help.  In Colossians 1:21-22 we read, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”.  Through Christ, we have a way to be seen by God as holy and blameless.  When the temptation to sin comes, remember the words of God from Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

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Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

 

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, the death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in today’s key passage offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

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Being Holy


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 18,19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 19:1-19

 

It can be easy to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus.  Some people may even dismiss most of Leviticus altogether as a listing of strange rituals that applied in a completely different time.  While it is true that some of things we read about in this book, such as animal sacrifice, no longer apply to us after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is still much we can learn about the nature and character of God in this book.  The theme of the entire book of Leviticus can really be summed up in a single verse at the beginning of chapter 19 – “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)  God wanted His people to be holy and set apart from others around them.  He knew that there were really only two options for His people – to separate themselves and be holy or to become corrupted by the world around them.  In an effort to separate His people and keep them holy, He provided them with an outline for how to live a holy life focused on God.

As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.  Many of the sins listed in Leviticus are taken very lightly by the world today and some are even considered acceptable behavior by people judging by their own standards and not God’s standards.  The fact remains that our God is a consistent God.  The things He found detestable in Leviticus are still the same things He finds detestable today.  Fortunately, He does not expect us to try to be holy in this world filled with ungodliness all on our own.  While we must still obey His commands out of love for Him, He also gives us some help.  In Colossians 1:21-22 we read, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”.  Through Christ, we have a way to be seen by God as holy and blameless.  When the temptation to sin comes, remember the words of God from Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

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Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

 

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, the death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in today’s key passage offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

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Being Holy


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 18,19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 19:1-19

 

It can be easy to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus.  Some people may even dismiss most of Leviticus altogether as a listing of strange rituals that applied in a completely different time.  While it is true that some of things we read about in this book, such as animal sacrifice, no longer apply to us after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is still much we can learn about the nature and character of God in this book.  The theme of the entire book of Leviticus can really be summed up in a single verse at the beginning of chapter 19 – “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)  God wanted His people to be holy and set apart from others around them.  He knew that there were really only two options for His people – to separate themselves and be holy or to become corrupted by the world around them.  In an effort to separate His people and keep them holy, He provided them with an outline for how to live a holy life focused on God.

As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.  Many of the sins listed in Leviticus are taken very lightly by the world today and some are even considered acceptable behavior by people judging by their own standards and not God’s standards.  The fact remains that our God is a consistent God.  The things He found detestable in Leviticus are still the same things He finds detestable today.  Fortunately, He does not expect us to try to be holy in this world filled with ungodliness all on our own.  While we must still obey His commands out of love for Him, He also gives us some help.  In Colossians 1:21-22 we read, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”.  Through Christ, we have a way to be seen by God as holy and blameless.  When the temptation to sin comes, remember the words of God from Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

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Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

 

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, the death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in today’s key passage offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

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Being Holy


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 18,19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 19:1-19

 

It can be easy to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus.  Some people may even dismiss most of Leviticus altogether as a listing of strange rituals that applied in a completely different time.  While it is true that some of things we read about in this book, such as animal sacrifice, no longer apply to us after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is still much we can learn about the nature and character of God in this book.  The theme of the entire book of Leviticus can really be summed up in a single verse at the beginning of chapter 19 – “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)  God wanted His people to be holy and set apart from others around them.  He knew that there were really only two options for His people – to separate themselves and be holy or to become corrupted by the world around them.  In an effort to separate His people and keep them holy, He provided them with an outline for how to live a holy life focused on God.

As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.  Many of the sins listed in Leviticus are taken very lightly by the world today and some are even considered acceptable behavior by people judging by their own standards and not God’s standards.  The fact remains that our God is a consistent God.  The things He found detestable in Leviticus are still the same things He finds detestable today.  Fortunately, He does not expect us to try to be holy in this world filled with ungodliness all on our own.  While we must still obey His commands out of love for Him, He also gives us some help.  In Colossians 1:21-22 we read, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”.  Through Christ, we have a way to be seen by God as holy and blameless.  When the temptation to sin comes, remember the words of God from Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

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Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Today’s Key Passage – Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

 

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, the death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in today’s key passage offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

 

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Being Holy


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 18,19; Psalm 13; Acts 19

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. “‘Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God. “‘Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God. “‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up. If any of it is eaten on the third day, it is impure and will not be accepted. Whoever eats it will be held responsible because he has desecrated what is holy to the LORD; that person must be cut off from his people. “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God. “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another. “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. “‘Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. “‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight. “‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD. “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the LORD. “‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. “‘Keep my decrees. (Leviticus 19:1-19)

It can be easy to get bogged down in the book of Leviticus.  As we read it, to some it may seem like a book filled with don’ts as God lists many rules for the Israelites.  Some people may even dismiss most of Leviticus altogether as a listing of strange rituals that applied in a completely different time.  While it is true that some of things we read about in this book, such as animal sacrifice, no longer apply to us after the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is still much we can learn about the nature and character of God in this book.  The theme of the entire book of Leviticus can really be summed up in a single verse at the beginning of chapter 19 – “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2). God wanted His people to be holy – set apart from others around them.  He knew that there were really only two options for His people – to separate themselves and be holy or to become corrupted by the world around them.  In an effort to separate His people and keep them holy, He provided them with an outline for how to live a holy life focused on God.

As followers of Christ, we too are called by God to be holy.  In 1 Peter 1:14-16 we read, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” The biggest difference, however, it that while the Israelites were able to separate themselves physically from the evil around them, we are literally surrounded by unbelief and evil on a daily basis.  The morals of this world constantly degrade the standards set forth by God so many years ago.  Many of the “don’ts” listed in Leviticus are taken very lightly by the world today and some are even considered acceptable behavior by people judging by their own standards and not God’s standards.  The fact remains that our God is a consistent God.  The things He found detestable in Leviticus are still the same things He finds detestable today.  Fortunately, He does not expect us to try to be holy in this world filled with unholiness all on our own.  While we must still obey His commands out of love for Him, He also gives us some help.  In Colossians 1:21-22 we read, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”.  Through Christ, we have a way to be seen by God as holy and blameless.  When the temptation to sin comes, remember the words of God from Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

 

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Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

The LORD said to Moses: “When a person commits a violation and sins unintentionally in regard to any of the LORD’s holy things, he is to bring to the LORD as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. He must make restitution for what he has failed to do in regard to the holy things, add a fifth of the value to that and give it all to the priest, who will make atonement for him with the ram as a guilt offering, and he will be forgiven. “If a person sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though he does not know it, he is guilty and will be held responsible. He is to bring to the priest as a guilt offering a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for the wrong he has committed unintentionally, and he will be forgiven. It is a guilt offering; he has been guilty of wrongdoing against the LORD.” The LORD said to Moses: “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving his neighbor about something entrusted to him or left in his care or stolen, or if he cheats him, or if he finds lost property and lies about it, or if he swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that people may do— when he thus sins and becomes guilty, he must return what he has stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to him, or the lost property he found, or whatever it was he swore falsely about. He must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day he presents his guilt offering. And as a penalty he must bring to the priest, that is, to the LORD, his guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for him before the LORD, and he will be forgiven for any of these things he did that made him guilty.” (Leviticus 5:14-6:7)

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in the passage above offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

 

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