Leviticus 19-20 B

I lost count of how many times there was a verse instructing us to follow and obey all of God’s rules in these chapters. Mostly it feels reasonable. (Don’t have an affair with one’s aunt? Got it.) But other times it feels like a daunting task. Be perfectly holy as I am holy.

How does it make you feel to read pieces of Scripture like that?

Mostly, I lean heavily into the chapters as a whole. God prioritizes the widow, the refugee and children. His warnings against child sacrifice are bone chilling.

I also like remembering that God is setting a standard for Israel. A high one.

Personally for me, this chapter encouraged me in my parenting. Reminded me to expect a lot and provide grace, and remember that they’re just children. They need good behavior modeled to them, they need room for error and they need a way out.

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.” Matthew 5:17-18

Jesus doesn’t dismantle these laws and expectations. God still wants this amount of holiness out of us. Jesus provides the freedom we so desperately need in this equation. Do you add him in?


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