God’s Good Word: Leviticus 19

Our God is holy and He calls His children to holy living.  Praise God He teaches us what that entails.  In Leviticus chapter 19 our good Lord and Savior continues to give us warnings against unholy, or defiling behavior.  He reiterates the commands from the Ten Commandments and embellishes these commandments with further statutes.  Praise God for His holy Word to us that we can know and serve the living God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2”Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them:  ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.  3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father; and keep My Sabbaths:  I am the Lord your God.  4 Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods:  I am the Lord your God.’”  Leviticus 19:1-4

Each requirement and prohibition given to His children is followed with the statement, I am the Lord your God.  We obey our God because He is our Lord.  Notice the prominence He gives to parents, mothers and fathers, and the necessity of obeying them, which is for all time.  The failure to do so is sin and indicative of fleshly, godless living.  Since we are not under law, but under grace, we are no longer required to keep the Sabbath, which was a covenant sign particular to the children of Israel.  The prohibition against worshiping false gods applies to us today, and we can see the breaking of this commandment throughout the visible church that seems committed to worshiping false christs through rejecting the Scriptures and clinging to the false doctrines of fallen man.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whispers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,…Romans 1:28-29

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:  3 that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”  Ephesians 6:1-3

13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”  Exodus 31:13

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.  Colossians 2:16-17

20 Ad we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.  21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.  Amen.  1 John 5:20-21

The Lord continues to revisit the Ten Commandments, commanding them love Him supremely and to treat others as they would want to be treated.  The Lord also warns against seeking after fallen spirits for signs, omens, and prognostication.  Our God is a holy God and we must turn away from all defilement and walk in holiness for His glory!

11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.  12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God:  I am the Lord.  13 You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him.  The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.  14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God:  I am the Lord.  15 You shall do no injustice in judgment.  You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty.  In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.  16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor:  I am the Lord.  17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart.  You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.  18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:  I am the Lord….26 You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying….31 Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them:  I am the Lord.

We must love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.  Jesus said this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  God bless us.

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  37 Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  38 “This is the first and great commandment. “  39 “And the second is like it:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:35-40

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