Leviticus 20:7-8 – Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.
Moses supplied an emphatic exclamation against serious offenses, continuing his prohibitions from previous chapters and addressing the most egregious crimes in chapter 20. Wickedness against life, religion, and family carried the most stringent penalties. Yet, there is a divine promise perched upon the higher heights of God’s holiness (20:7-8). God’s gracious extension of mercy was available even to the most sinister of sinners. The morality of the individual and the community were to be founded upon and motivated by God’s holiness. Even the most heinous and wicked lusts found their demise in the holiness of God. God’s exhortation (“sanctify yourselves” and “be ye holy”) was urged by his holiness as well as his relationship to Israel (“for I am the Lord your God”). God is the Master, the King, the Redeemer, the Provider, and the Law Giver. He enabled Israel to fulfill a holy purpose to be distinct from the nations through truth and righteousness, and their sanctification was the only means by which they could fulfill such a purpose (20:22-26). As the people trusted God and obeyed his commandments, they would have the assurance that God would indeed sanctify them.
To summarize, God would credit to the people his righteousness and enable them to keep his commandments when the people desired to be cleansed of sin by their holy Lord, having recognized the vast difference between themselves and God.
This was no piecrust promise (easily made, easily broken). The provision of righteousness came at the highest cost of a sacrificial gift! In the Old Testament, God authorized the offering of a variety of creatures he created to cover the sins of the people. In the New Testament, God offered his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to remove the sins of the people. God was commitment to keeping his promise to forgive and to save because he is faithful. Therefore, we must return to God by faith in order to experience the fulfillment of his promise. We need to receive the gift of his righteousness or else we will never be able to see him face to face (Hebrews 12:14).
Have you received the promised gift of God’s righteousness credited to your account? Faith in God is more than the simple assent to religious doctrine, adherence to religious teachings, or attendance at religious organization. Salvation is knowing the holy Lord who seeks to remove your sins and replace them with his holiness. You should be compelled to cry out to the Lord for mercy when you see yourself in the honest light of truth.
Humble yourself under God’s holiness. Be saved today!
Daily Reading: Lev 20:1-22:33, John 9:35-41, Song 8:1-5
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