By Mike Chaffin
These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai. Leviticus 27:34
It seems God not only got the last word in Leviticus; he got all the words. God delivered the Hebrew people out of Egypt. He now leads them through the desert. Remember, these people were slaves. They lived by the rule of the Egyptians, a pagan society with a multitude of gods. So, God spends time in the desert instructing His people how they should create a holy society, rules of law, and how to worship Him.
In Exodus, God gave the ten commandments which are the defining moral laws. In Leviticus God expounds on the law by defining rules to follow to create a holy society and giving rules to set the children of Israel apart from other people groups. This is so people can distinguish a child of God from a pagan. It is so they can be holy, and God can bless them.
These two verses go a long way to sum up the book of Leviticus: Psalms 128:1-2 states,
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
Since God hasn’t changed, these two verses apply today. We will be blessed if we walk in His ways. God isn’t some cruel dictator giving out harsh rules to live by. No, these rules lead to life, holiness, and blessings.
Jesus made it much easier to remember these rules. He said they could be summed up by two.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. Mark 12:30
And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. He gave us a helper when he sent the Holy Spirit to show us how, and help us to be holy, as God is holy. Let holiness be the last word.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for direction and guidance. For clearly pointing out what is holy and how to live to be holy. You have said I will be blessed if I walk in your ways. Help me Lord to do that. Help me stay on that path of holiness and not stray onto the wide road leading to death. In Jesus name, Amen.