Today we began our study of the Book of Leviticus with a focus on Leviticus 1-7. In Exodus, God called His people unto Himself. Now in Leviticus, He instructs them on how to be holy so that He can maintain a relationship with them.
Although we don’t mean to, it’s easy to forget that we are not our own. When we accepted the Lordship of our Savior Jesus Christ we also accepted servitude. When God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He brought them into a new kind of slavery – He was now their God and they were now His people. As His people, they were expected to obey Him and represent Him to the rest of the world. At first, they didn’t understand this relationship which is why God had to demonstrate His sovereignty over them several times.
The more I learn about God, the more I understand just how different He is from human beings. Yes, I was made in His image spiritually in that, unlike a tree or a dog, I have the capacity to be spiritually aware. But that’s where the similarity with God ends. Even though I’m saved, I still have the capacity to sin whereas God does not. I have the capacity to be unfaithful whereas God does not. This is why it’s good that I’m not my own. I belong to an awesome, holy, loving God Who will never leave me nor forsake me. To a master like that, it’s good to be a slave.
Please note that next Sunday, Nov. 12, we will continue our study of Leviticus with a focus on Leviticus 8-10. Here we see how God establishes a priesthood to serve as mediators between God and His chosen people.