“I Am the Lord Your God”

Text: Leviticus 19

Chapter begins with a call for holiness (v. 2; cf. 1 Peter 1:15-16) — What will holiness look like?

Honor God

  • Keep My sabbaths (v. 3,30) — consistent, ongoing action; reminded them of God’s work in creation (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • Revere My sanctuary (v. 30) — respect the place of worship; specifically for today, appreciate the reason for coming together to worship (Revelation 4:11)
  • Your body belongs to God (v. 26-28) — we must glorify God in our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Respect Authority & Wisdom

  • Reverence father & mother (v. 3) — position of authority; children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1)
  • Honor the aged (v. 32) — Why? … wisdom & experience (Job 12:12)
  • These relate to the idea of humility, similar to how we are to respect God — willing to submit to one in authority (1 Peter 5:6); willing to admit that we need guidance (Jeremiah 10:23)

Love Your Neighbor

  • Love your neighbor as yourself (v. 18; cf. Matthew 23:39) — do not hate him, though you may reprove him (v. 17), do not take vengeance (Romans 12:19) or hold a grudge (James 5:9)
  • Do not oppress your neighbor (v. 13) or do wrong to a stranger among you (v. 33-34) — do not mistreat others, even if they are unaware (deaf, blind — v. 13-14); do not withhold what you owe to someone (v. 13; James 5:4)
  • When reaping the harvest, leave the corners of your field for the needy (v. 9-10) — help those who are willing to help themselves (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:10)

Value Truth & Justice

  • We must love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10) — do not deal falsely or lie to one another (v. 11); do not swear falsely by God’s name (v. 12); honor commitments, even when we might not prefer to do so (v. 20)
  • We must act justly with others (Amos 5:24) — do not show partiality (v. 15); do not speak evil of others and bring harm to them (v. 16); do not cheat people in business dealings (v. 35-36)

Purity & Integrity

  • 3 things were not to be mixed (v. 19) — breeds of cattle, kinds of seeds, materials in garments — there is a lesson here that God expects His people to be pure
  • Under the Law of Moses — no mixed marriages (Deut. 7:3-4), no false gods (Exodus 20:3), this instruction & others
  • Under the law of Christ — do not be bound together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14), do not participate in unfruitful deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), walk in Light as He is in the Light (1 John 1:5-7)

Be Willing to Wait Patiently

  • When they entered the promised land & planted trees, they were not to eat of them until the 5th year (v. 23-25) — by doing this the trees would be more fruitful in the future
  • God’s people must wait patiently for His will, rather than rush for an inferior substitute (James 5:7) — Jesus’ heavenly kingdom vs. earthly kingdoms (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 4:8-9), marriage vs. pre-marital sex (Hebrews 13:4), treasures in heaven vs. treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19-21)

Listen to His Will

  • Do not turn to mediums or spiritists (v. 31) — consulted to find some spiritual, divine, hidden information
  • People today are still seeking for answers in the wrong places — creeds, popular opinion, feelings, human wisdom, world religions/philosophies
  • We must look to God’s word (1 Corinthians 2:10) & be content with what He has said (1 Corinthians 1:22-24) — don’t go beyond it (2 John 9), fall short of it (Acts 20:27), or change it (Galatians 1:6-9)

Obey Him in All Things

  • Observe all My statutes, do all My ordinances (v. 37) — Why? … He is the Lord
  • Same requirement today for same reason — He has all authority (Matthew 28:18), we are accountable to Him (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • If we believe Jesus is Lord, we must obey Him (Luke 6:46) — necessary for salvation (Hebrews 5:9)

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