Leviticus 19

Leviticus 19 has God giving some pretty straight stuff about how we are to live.  Lots of similarities to the 10 commandments, although there are a lot more.  There are two types of commandments – those things we are to do, and those we are not to do.  God covers a broad range of topics here – and one of the areas that seems to be of interest is vs 27-28 where it talks about how to shave a beard, and whether or not you can have a tattoo or not?  There are lots of interpretations all over the commentaries – so I encourage you to take a read and see what God says to you.

Here are the shall’s:

  • “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy
  • you shall revere his mother and his father
  • you shall keep my Sabbaths
  • you shall love your neighbor as yourself
  • You shall keep my statutes
  • you shall fear your God
  • you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules”

He ends it with the command to “DO THEM”.  The Nike approach – just do it!  We aren’t to think about it.  We are to obey!

Here are the shall not’s:

  • “Do not turn to idols
  • you shall not reap your field right up to its edge
  • you shall not strip your vineyard bare
  • You shall not steal
  • you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another
  • You shall not swear by my name falsely
  • You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him
  • You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind
  • You shall do no injustice in court
  • You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great
  • You shall not go around as a slanderer
  • You shall not hate your brother in your heart
  • You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge
  • You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind
  • You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed
  • nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material
  • You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it
  • You shall not interpret omens
  • You shall not round off the hair on your temples
  • You shall not make any cuts on your body
  • You shall do no wrong in judgment

Quite a list of shall not’s here.  God obviously felt He needed to spell things out clearly so people knew how to live.

The charge here is to be holy, which means to be separated or called apart.  We are not to merely fit in with the rest of the world.  We are to live a life that is worthy of God – and that means we stand out and are different.  God tells us 15 times in this chapter that “I am Lord”.  Seems obvious He wants us to know and remember that fact.  He is Lord, we are not, and that is how we best live.  He gives us very specific guidance in what that life looks like.  The only question is whether we will learn it, heed it, and obey it!  As the scripture says it – we need to do them!

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