Today’s Reading: Leviticus 21 – 23
“And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will. On the same day it shall be eaten up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: I am the LORD. Therefore shall ye keep My commandments, and do them: I am the LORD. Neither shall ye profane My holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 22:29-33 (KJV)
At least four times in the above verses above it is written, “I am the LORD”. Do you have a problem with God being “the LORD”?
One of the things that stands out to me as I read Leviticus is that since God is holy He demands holiness from His people. Holiness is nothing less than perfection. Well! I do not meet God’s requirements. I do not know anyone who does. That leaves me in terribly bad shape with God. That is probably not good English, but I am not perfect there either.
I was born into this world in a condemned, unholy state with God. When I look at His law, His Word I am condemned by it, and find myself totally separated from holy God. By these laws I see what God commands, and I realize my need. My need is God. On my own I cannot have Him. I also find that He loves me. Why else would He give these laws? Most of all why would He, with all these sacrifices, show us that there is a way to Himself, except that He loves us?
All of these sacrifices of lambs, bulls, goats, etc. are pictures, shadows, types of the anti-type who is Christ Jesus. I no longer am condemned by the law, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, but through the death of Christ, and His bodily resurrection, I have access into the very throne room of holy God.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Now if I were to tell you that I do not know Him; if I were to live my life as if I did not know Him, then I would profane His name.
The following are the written words of Matthew Henry on the above verses,
That the flesh of their thank-offerings should be eaten on the same day that they were sacrificed, Lev_22:29, Lev_22:30. This is a repetition of what we had before, Lev_7:15; Lev_19:6, Lev_19:7. The chapter concludes with such a general charge as we have often met with, to keep God’s commandments, and not to profane his holy name, Lev_22:31, Lev_22:32. Those that profess God’s name, if they do not make conscience of keeping his commandments, do but profane his name. The general reasons are added: God’s authority over them – I am the Lord; his interest in them – I am your God; the title he had to them by redemption – “I brought you out of the land of Egypt, on purpose that I might be your God;” the designs of his grace concerning them – I am the Lord that hallow you; and the resolutions of his justice, if he had not honour from them, to get himself honour upon them – I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. God will be a loser in his glory by no man at last; but sooner or later will recover his right, either in the repentance of sinners or in their ruin.
from Matthew Henry Commentary
Without Jesus Christ you are a condemned, dying soul, headed for an eternity of torment and away from God. Is that really what you desire?
Reading for February 11: Leviticus 24 – 25