February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

LEVITICUS 11-13

Focus Verse: “For I, the Lord, am the one who brought you up from the land of Egypt, that I might be your God. Therefore, you must be holy because I am holy.”

Leviticus 11:44

Careful or you might miss this one. I think God sneaks this little gem in right here to check us all to see if we’re skimming through these passages. “Yeah, yeah, yeah…unclean…I get it. Don’t touch a dead snake or I can’t do anything fun.” But if we aren’t paying attention, we miss this, and this is a big one to miss.

In fact, this is the key to all of the clean v. unclean business. It’s the key to everything that God tells us to do. We are called to be holy because He is holy. We are called, we are created, to be like God. That’s the whole point of being made in His image in the first place. Not that we look like God, but that we are like Him, down to the very core of our being.

And once again, we go back to the Gospel, we can’t. And this goes so far beyond dietary restrictions. Can anyone among us say, with any sort of confidence, that you are able to be holy as God is holy? Even for one day?

This is THE requirement of scripture. Every commandment, every law, every guideline, every consequence is for this reason: to make us holy like God.

But it took Jesus Christ becoming flesh, dying on a cross, being placed in the tomb, rising on the third day and ascending to heaven to make it stick. We were absolutely hopeless until Hope came to earth, until Hope was buried, until Hope rose again. And now, He has become our holiness; He has given us the power to become like Him.

What a Savior!

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