Leviticus 19:1-2,4,9-10,19,31-32,36-37 (ESV) And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy... Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God... "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God... "You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind... "Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God. "You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD... You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the LORD."
What a treasure trove of good advice this chapter is and I never appreciated it till I reached this point in my journey across the Bible.
The challenge however is to be able to draw something specific from it and once again I wish I could split this chapter into many devotionals but God wants me to keep at His work.
What today are the key thoughts God has given us and how can we apply it into our lives?
God's instructions to Moses and the Israelites is an applicative explanation of the ten commandments.
One exercise I recommend for those of you studying this passage would be to study it along side the ten commandments and group the verses per the law that God gave us.
Yes, there are some ceremonial aspects to today's instructions but for the most part they are the ten commandments that are required of us to keep and I pray that we would listen closely to what God's desire and decree is upon our lives.
To start it all off, God instructs us to be holy because He is Holy. This is a high calling and seems impossible to the everyday person but this is a calling upon all of us who call ourselves 'Christian'.
What is holiness? A simple understanding of holiness is that it is the idea of cutting off or separation. God wants us to separate us from the world and it's demands and desires and to keep our focus on God alone.
In today's world, we are under pressure to grow our fortunes, focus on our careers, safeguard our pride, be glorified and everything we life for needs to be tangible and all about us.
God however is calling us to His standard and that means to live for Him, to serve Him to those around us, to love like He loves us and to set the goal of eternity as our only focus.
This does not mean we give up on life or go into hiding to seek God but it means we change the entire focus of our lives from us to God.
I just recalled a beautiful word from God spoken to Solomon after he finished building the house of the Lord:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Presently my family and I are going through a crisis that seems to be storming our world and being human, my reaction was to let it all get to me but as I sought God's face, He reminded me that I was to be still before Him because He is God and He is in control and will bring us through.
Psalm 46:1-3,10-11 (ESV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah... "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
I pray today that we will apply God's commandments into our lives and change our focus from I to Him. Read Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 to appreciate the ten commandments from God and change the focus of your life.
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