Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 25, 2022

“You shall be holy men to Me”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 22:25-31.

“If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.  If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun sets, for that is his only covering;  it is his cloak for his body.  What else shall he sleep in?  And it shall come about that when he cries out to Me, I will hear him, for I am gracious.

“You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.

“You shall not delay the offering from your harvest and your vintage.  The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.  You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep.  It shall be with its mother seven days;  on the eighth day you shall give it to Me.

You shall be holy men to Me, therefore you shall not eat any flesh torn to pieces in the field;  you shall throw it to the dogs.”  Exodus 22:25-31.


We naturally like simplicity and freedom.  Even “just” the Ten Commandments may seem too many and too much law.  And so, these various ordinances that are in the book of Exodus may seem too many and too much law.

Likewise, the people who were listening to Jesus may have felt religious and righteous about obeying the Ten Commandments, and then Jesus spoils their smug attitude by teaching them that obeying Ten Commandments could not be done just superficially.  Here are just three examples of what Jesus said.  

“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court;  and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court;  and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”   Matthew 5:21-22.  

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’;  but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  Matthew 5:27-28. 

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48.

The conclusion of today’s Scripture, “You shall be holy men to Me”, is like the conclusion of Matthew chapter 5, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 

But, there is hope!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4. 

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31. 

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:14.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Peter 1:2-3.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25.


%d bloggers like this: