June 21, 2019

MORAL LAWS REVISITED

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. ‘Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and keep My Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. ‘Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God.  ‘And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, you shall offer it of your own free will.  It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the next day. And if any remains until the third day, it shall be burned in the fire.  And if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination. It shall not be accepted.  Therefore everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed offering of the Lord; and that person shall be cut off from his people. (Leviticus 19: 1-10).

The scripture above is a repetition of some of the laws that Moses had earlier passed on to the children of Israel. God is saying to them “I raised you up for Myself”, you are Mine, therefore because I the Lord am Holy God, you too shall be holy. The land I am giving to you were polluted or defiled by the former occupants. This is the reason why they are being removed, and you are taking their place. Therefore you must not do what they did” God had proven Himself to them that they are chosen ones and they are being treated with such love because of the covenant He had with Abraham, their forefather. He demonstrated His love for them even while they were in Egypt when He rescued them by killing all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both beast and man. All the laws are to safeguard them so that they don’t fall into the same trap.

The same warnings are given to us today because God loves us so much. He also demonstrated His love for us by giving us His only begotten son, whom He offered in our place so that we will be rescued from eternal damnation. We are serving a Holy God and therefore we should be holy. We should read the Bible cover to cover to hear the heartbeat of God. He demands holiness from us. He does not want any iota of sin from His children. Reading through the list of “do not do this” made me to regret every sin I ever committed against God. I wish I had the power to run away from sin as Joseph did.  Now I thank God for the GRACE  we have in Christ Jesus.where every sin that I committed were wiped out by the blood of Jesus, and the yoke of slavery to sin had been broken and I am now free. Praise God!. The same thing is done to whoever comes to Jesus and asks for forgiveness. Therefore once you belong to God, you are free from the power of sin, and your life should be a holy life. The Bible says “He that has called you is faithful”, He has called us into righteous living. If we are His, then there should be a difference in the way we behave and the way the unbelievers behave.

Let me round up with an important Psalm that caught my attention, the Psalm reads thus “I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me?  I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
I will set nothing [b]wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.  A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,  Him I will not endure. My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me.  He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord. (Psalms 101).  The Psalmist understands what it means to live a pleasing life unto God, therefore he makes an effort to walk wisely and with a perfect heart. This is what God desires from all of us that have identified with Christ. I will say it again, “Be holy as I am Holy”  says the Lord. Be blessed!!!.

 

 

 

 

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