No one wants to talk about judgement. We live in a culture where we don’t want anyone to tell us what to do, when to do it, or that there is a price to be paid when we don’t do things the way we should. Although as believers we are no longer living under the law of the Old Testament, it is a moral compass, and it does point to our true sin condition – and our need for a Savior.
In Leviticus 19, we see a series of laws that if we look closely, follow very systematically to the 10 Commandments. Basically, these laws were bullet points of those commandments.
- In 19:1-2 we see laws relating to God- mirror the commandment of not having any God before Him
- In v 3- we talk about the Sabbath, and that we are to keep it holy.
- in v4- we talk about idolatry, and vs 5-8 talk about the importance of worship. This mirrors the laws of keeping no other God beside God, the importance of the Sabbath, and to not have any other idol (something that we place in worship over the Lord.
- in v 12 we talk about the name of the Lord- reminding us that we should not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- The next section talks about laws relating to other people- respecting parents, the aged, the handicapped. The poor and the needy. We are reminded that the we are to love our neighbors as ourselves We also see laws pertaining to steal and lying – both of which have to do with our relationships to others and keeping our society in order. Sexual immorality and murder are also discussed.
- Lastly, we talk about laws relating to things.
It is important to remember that although we are not bound to the law, the Bible does say that if we love God, we will keep His commandments. We are not perfect- and neither is anyone else. However, it is important to remember that we need to show love to others.
There was judgement for God’s people if they broke the law- and a lot of them, although moral, were capital crimes. However, we don’t view the law, or our sin, like they did in the Old Testament. This does not mean that we should want the death penalty for these offenses- our main desire would be to win people to Christ and the way that we do that are from the Word of God and prayer.
The law was used to expose the darkness in our lives. It can not change the human heart- only the gospel of Jesus Christ can do that.
For more on Leviticus, find the beginning of my series : A Call to Holiness
This post is part of a series of Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls
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