We read today from Leviticus 2 – 14, and we see that God is holy. Lest anyone think that this is only an Old Testament teaching; think again, for the apostle Peter wrote:
“But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy.’ ” 1 Peter 1:15-16
Sometimes, maybe much time is made of mocking all that is holy. Even among Christians it is not often taken seriously. Someone who becomes devoted to living holy is often told something like, “O, come on now. You can’t be serious”. God is serious about holiness, because He is holy.
In reading Leviticus you will find much about “Holiness”. You will find it stated by the LORD, “Be holy; for I am holy” many times. I read that several times as I was reading in Leviticus this morning.
When two sons of Aaron did not take holiness seriously; or right worship seriously they died,
“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.” Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV)
Their death seems to have been due to entering the most Holy Place with alcoholic drink on them;
“And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, ‘Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: and that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.’” Leviticus 10:9
Whatever the “strange fire” was that Nadab and Abihu took into the Holy Place it was not holy unto the LORD. God takes holiness among His people very seriously, and so should the Christian of today.
As we look at Leviticus with all its commandments, requirements for holiness, laws for dealing with body sores, and skins rashes, and leprosy, sexual relationships, eating; the right kinds of animals, insects and fish to eat, etc. it seems like it would be an impossible feat to meet God’s requirements for holiness. I believe that to be an accurate assessment of our situation.
The only holy Man who ever lived was and is the Son of God, the God-Man, Jesus Christ; who spent all His life fulfilling the word and will of His Father. He died on the cross as the Supreme sacrifice for our sins. Through Him alone are we made holy.