Be Holy As the Lord Is Holy

The sermon this morning came from Leviticus 19.

Our pastor made 10 points from verses 1-18:
1. Holiness affects how we treat our parents.
Verse 3a: Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father

2. Holiness affects how we order our days.
Verse 3b: you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

3. Holiness is inseparable from who we worship.
Verse 4: Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.

4. Holiness is inseparable from how we worship.
Verses 5-8: When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.

5. Holiness affects how we treat the poor and strangers.
Verses 9-10: When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

6. Holiness affects how we do business.
Verse 11-13a: You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him.

7. Holiness affects how we treat our employees.
Verse 13b: The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.

8. Holiness affects how we treat the disabled.
Verse 14: You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

9. Holiness affects how we render justice.
Verse 15: You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

10. Holiness affects how we treat our neighbors.
Verse 16-18: You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Oh, how I fall short of God’s standard! How thankful I am that He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21, NASB)

KJ is going to finish the chapter during worship tonight. I’ll be adding the next 12 points here later.

A prayer for consecration and worship from The Valley of Vision:

I feel it is heaven to please thee,
and to be what thou wouldst have me be.

O that I were holy as thou art holy,
pure as Christ is pure,
perfect as they Spirit is perfect!

These, I feel, are the best commands in thy Book,
and shall I break them?
must I break them?
am I under such a necessity as long as I live here?

Woe, woe is me that I am a sinner,
that I grieve this blessed God,
who is infinite in goodness and grace!

O, if he would punish me for my sins,
it would not wound my heart so deep to offend him;
But though I sin continually,
he continually repeats his kindness to me.

At times I feel I could bear any suffering,
but how can I dishonour this glorious God?

What shall I do to glorify and worship this best of beings?
O that I cold consecrate my soul and body to his service,
without restraint, for ever!

O that I could give myself up to him,
so as never more to attempt to be my own!
or have any will or affections
that are not perfectly conformed
to his will and his love!
But, alas, I cannot live and not sin.

O may angels glorify him incessantly,
and, if possible, prostrate themselves lower
before the blessed king of heaven!

I long to bear a part with them in ceaseless praise;
But when I have done all I can to eternity
I shall not be able to offer more than a small fraction
of the homage that the glorious God deserves.

Give me a heart full o f divine, heavenly love.

Here are the next 12 points:

11. Holiness affects outward appearances.
Verse 19: You shall keep my statutes. 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.
-The key is purity.

12. Holiness affects our sexual conduct.
Verses 20-22: If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free; but he shall bring his compensation to the Lord, to the entrance of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the Lord for his sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven for the sin that he has committed.
-God recognizes mitigating circumstances.
-Sexual activity outside of marriage is clearly sin.
-Sexual sin is not unforgivable.

13. Holiness engenders stewardship, self-denial and patience.
Verses 23-25: When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten. And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to increase its yield for you: I am the Lord your God.
-All that we own is God’s; we are stewards.
-I do not have to have it all now because an abundant inheritance is coming.

14. Holiness engenders respect for life.
Verse 26a: You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it.
-Jesus declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19); therefore, have your steak however you like it. But have respect for life.

15. Holiness rejects occult practices.
Verses 26b, 31: You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

16. Holiness affects our haircuts.
Verse 27: You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.

17. Holiness affects how we treat our bodies.
Verse 28: You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.
-Since, in our culture, tattooing is not associated with making cuts on your body for the dead, be convinced in your own conscience regarding whether or not you can have a tattoo.

18. Holiness affects how we treat our daughters.
Verse 29: Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity.

19. Holiness affects how we treat sacred space.
Verse 30: You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
-My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

20. Holiness affects how we treat seniors.
Verse 32: You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

21. Holiness affects how we treat immigrants.
Verse 33-34: When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
-This command is written to individuals, not governments.

22. Holiness requires honesty in the market place.
Verses 35-36: You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

“And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the Lord.” My translation: “Because I’m your Father and I said so.”

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