2016-06-24 - Be Ye Holy
Originally Published 2006-08-01
Leviticus 19:1-2 (NCV) The Lord said to Moses, 2 "Tell all the people of Israel: 'I am the Lord your God. You must be holy because I am holy.
Moses goes on to emphasize many of the laws, which had been given to them. The whole of God's Law is really instruction on how to be holy. We are to be holy because God is holy. Just as believers are not to be yoked with non-believers, a holy God cannot be with an unholy person. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14) The God who is light cannot encounter darkness without destroying the darkness. In the same way, his absolute holiness would destroy that which is unholy.
The problem is that as we read the how-to instructions on holiness we see that we have missed some steps. We have skipped a thing or two and broken some of the laws. Unlike most do-it-yourself projects, there cannot be parts leftover as the result must be perfect to be in the presence of perfection. It is impossible for us to be perfect. We have been damaged since the fall of Adam and Eve. Through the years, we have gone the opposite of evolution; we have not improved but worsened in our condition. We spend so much of our lives in the dirt that we hardly notice the mud on our faces anymore. Our hearts and lives make us out as real good people. However, when our white is compared to God's white the difference is as obvious as the comparisons between competing laundry products. Even at our best, we simply fall short.
As any patron of a restaurant will tell you, a fork with crusted food is not clean. Oh yes it's mostly clean but it must be perfectly clean to go in our mouth. As any mother will tell you, a shirt with a little hole in the stomach is not fit for public use. It may cut it around the house, but going out requires absolute holeless-ness. God wants us to be his fork and his wear-out-in-public clothes. Nothing less will do.
Clearly, we need help. We cannot be holy so we need someone to be holy for us. We need someone to trade their Sunday best for our weekday worst.
1 John 2:2-3 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Once we get a clean shirt on, we want to avoid things that'll get us dirty like wrestling outside or rolling around the room the dog stays in. Once we get a clean fork, we want to keep it off the floor and away from the gum stuck to the bottom of the table. God just wants the same of us.
God calls out, "Let me be with you. Be ye holy for I am holy"
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted