The His-Story of Holiness
For I am the LORD your God. You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. So do not defile yourselves… (NLT)
Leviticus 19:1 = The LORD also said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (NLT)
The word Holy means “to be set apart for God’s use.”
Our working definition: It is consecration to God and not simply separation from sin.
Leviticus is named after a person. LEVI means “Pertaining to the Levites”.
Abraham is further made holy, set apart for, and consecrated to God through the sign of circumcision. (Genesis 17:11)
The first four sons are from Jacob’s first wife Leah (Genesis 29: 31-35):
- Reuben (Look a son!)
- Simeon (Hearing)
- LEVI (Join)
- Judah (Praise)
Levi is cursed by his father, Israel. (Genesis 49:5-7)
The reason Moses gave Pharaoh to let God’s people go? WORSHIP!
(To put God in a position of Worth or Value)
See: Exodus 4:23; 7:16; 8:1; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; and 10:3. (7 times!!!)
The Levites respond by executing those who betrayed God. (Exodus 32:26)
Moses blesses the Levites by reversing Jacob’s curse. (Deuteronomy 33:8-11)