“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy’.” Leviticus 19:1-2 (NIV).
What does it mean to be holy? Does it just mean to be set apart or does it also derive the meaning of being righteous too? Some may say that this is impossible because we all sin, yet God says it here plainly that because He is holy, we must be too. This brings us an explicit directive to be holy; therefore, God must presume that it is within our capability. “The call of the Creator imploring humans to live holy lives suggests that humanity is indeed intended to be righteous.”
Let’s look at this in the light of our friends. How is it that our friends become our friends? How is it that we chose to like some more than others? By all means I am speaking of very close and personal friends. Are they not like us in action, desires, likes, and thought? Do we not become closer by the day by doing as they do, and them by doing as we do? What I mean here is that if I am really into football then most of my close friends will be too. If I am into hiking with friends, then those friends by definition will also.
By emulating God here in holiness we draw near to Him, and thus he draws near to us. Remembering the last line of the great commandment helps us understand this even more. “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” God is saying that being holy hangs on ‘love,’ it hangs on relationship with Him so do like He does.
What God is speaking of here is truly being holy in a sense of both being set apart and righteous. Just read the rest of Leviticus where he laid out rights and rituals that were supposed to promote this. But even more so God Himself is relational and He is telling us here how to be in relation with Him. If you want to walk with God, then you must also walk like God. If you want to be a friend of God’s, then those things that matter to God must also matter to you.
Are you ready to walk like God so that you may walk with God?
Resources: King, Thomas J. Leviticus: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. Ed. Alex Varughese, Roger Hahn, and George Lyons. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2013. Print. New Beacon Bible Commentary.
King, Thomas J. Leviticus: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. Ed. Alex Varughese, Roger Hahn, and George Lyons. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2013. Print. New Beacon Bible Commentary.
Matthew 22:40 (NIV)