Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 12, 2014

“Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 20:9-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+20&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“9 ‘If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death;  he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.

10 ‘If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.  11 If there is a man who lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness;  both of them shall surely be put to death, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.  12 If there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death;  they have committed incest, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.  13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act;  they shall surely be put to death.  Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.  …

22 ‘You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to live will not spew you out.  23 Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.  24 Hence I have said to you, “You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey.”  I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.  25 You are therefore to make a distinction between the clean animal and the unclean, and between the unclean bird and the clean;  and you shall not make yourselves detestable by animal or by bird or by anything that creeps on the ground, which I have separated for you as unclean.  26 Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy;  and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.  …”  Leviticus Chapter 20:  Verses 9-13 and 22-26.

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I quote verses 9-13 to give a sample of the statutes and ordinances in today’s Scripture.  When we read verses 9 and 10, we think generally of the Ten Commandments and specifically about:  “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”  Exodus 20:5. and “You shall not commit adultery.”  Exodus 20:14.  When we read verses 11 to 13, we think more generally about morality.

Some may say to us:  “Those statutes and ordinances are just your statutes and ordinances!”  And, we can even agree that they may not be their customs.  But, we do note that the LORD states:  “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”  Verse 23.

Thus, the theme of today’s devotion is that we are a separate people.  “… I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”  Verse 24.  “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy;  and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”  Verse 26.

We should take delight in this fact that God has set us apart to be His people.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

“… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:4-6.

“1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”  Psalm Chapter 100.

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