Reading through the Bible together
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).
Melodious Echo Mason
Director of Programming, ARME Bible Camp Ministries