Lev. 17-19 “The Sacred vs the Profane”
One thing we must remember as we study Leviticus is that these are the very words of God and His reminders of the “you must not and you must.” The leaders had failed in their instruction of the principles of holiness. Therefore, these are written that they and we might be instructed in not what we think is right but what God thinks is right. As Ken Boa said, “God only has to say “no” once for something to be wrong.” God’s purpose is that His people who are set apart for him are to be holy because he is holy.
In addition, they were written so that we remember that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” [2Tim. 3:16]
God was preparing to send the Israelites into a polluted nation. He did not want them polluted with what he considered abominable and thus why he spent so much time explaining what seems repetitious of the “must not’s and the musts.” God loved His people and He loves us. “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.”[Rom. 15:4]
Have you spent time with God today so that your thoughts are His thoughts, and your ways His ways? [Is 55:8]