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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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In Leviticus 18 we focus not simply on the specifics of offerings and sacrifices, but more on sanctification.  God has called His people to be set apart for Him.  They must not practice the abominations of Egypt, but also must guard against taking on the lustful practices of Canaan.  In this chapter we see how God begins to put a system of ordinances into place that will safeguard the sanctity of the family and of marriage, and most importantly, the sanctity of the heart.


As Paul says in 1Thes 4:3,4 & 7, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” I believe this is the key thought behind this whole chapter in Leviticus.  “Israel, listen, you must not defile yourselves as the other nations around you do. I’ve called you to a higher standard. It’s the heavenly standard, and it’s called holiness to the Lord, for as He is, so should you be" (Lev 18:24, Ex 28:36). 

 

The devil was in the business of exposing the spiritual nakedness of God's people, and still is today.  But God is in the business of trying to help His people cover the spiritual nakedness of their hearts and bodies.  Our human coverings are only filthy rags and are about as good at covering our nakedness as were Adam and Eve’s fig leaf aprons.  So a lamb was slain, and we have Christ’s cloak of perfect righteousness available.  But have we accepted the cloak and put it on?    
 

Nakedness does not separate us from God; it shows us our need to be covered, and God is ready and willing to to this.  “While we were yet sinners (or while we were yet naked) Christ died for us!” (Rom 5:8).  Let's accept His covering today! “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,      that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear" (Rev 3:18).

 

Melodious Echo Mason

Director of Programming, ARME Bible Camp Ministries