Leviticus 18

Leviticus 18 begins and ends with God stating the obvious: “I am the Lord your God”.  Often we forget the relationship we have with God.  He isn’t our best friend.  He isn’t Santa in the sky waiting to give us whatever we want.  He isn’t our genie that is in a bottle waiting to be rubbed.  God is God and He alone is Lord.  He is the creator and master of the universe.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  There is none like Him.  And when He gives us direction and commandments for how we should live – well that is how we should live!

He gets pretty direct in His instruction to Moses about sexual conduct.  “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God”.  The people may have experienced some things that were different than these commands, but that doesn’t make them acceptable.

Just because someone else does it doesn’t make it approved in God’s plan.  The people who had God’s children captive may have done all sorts of things that were different – but God is clear that they are not ok for His people.  Before God gave a single command in this area, He first established a foundation for the whole matter. He declared this principle: ‘You belong to Me, you shall not do as the world does’.  We can’t get our morality or see what is acceptable to God from others.  Our only source can be God and His Word.  That is the standard by which we will be measured.

God is also clear that His standards apply to everyone that is dwelling among His people.  “But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you”.  It isn’t expressed as a desire – but rather a command.  Obedience is the only acceptable option in God’s economy.  He doesn’t give credit for wishing, trying, hoping – only obeying.  The penalty is severe when we fail – God says over and over you shall be cut off if you fail to obey.  How you doing in this area?  Are you walking in obedience?

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