Leviticus “Fallen and can’t get up”
Jul 30 2018
“Fallen and can’t get up”
In the book of Exodus is all about Israel’s redemption but the book of Leviticus is where
we see the purpose of their redemption, that they would be whole. In Leviticus 19:2 The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” 87 times the word “holy” appears in the book but what does being “holy” mean? The root of the word in Hebrew speaks to being whole, complete, or perfect. I suggest to you that if you substitute the word “Whole” for the word “Holy” with regards to God’s declaration concerning Himself you gain a greater understanding of the word “holy”. “For I the Lord your God Am Whole”; you see God is complete, He lacks nothing, needs nothing, He is perfect in every way. Ah but read carefully the first part of God’s words to the nation that He has just redeemed from bondage where He proclaims, “You shall be whole”. That suggests to us that they weren’t whole; they weren’t functioning as they were originally designed. In the words of the 1990’s “Life Alert” commercial, God declares that man kind “Had fallen and they can’t get up”. Dear ones right here in Leviticus God is making a decision to fix what is broken about man kind. As you go through these 27 chapters you will discover that God’s way to fix what is broken is too fold.
1. Chp. 1-17 First He tells them that the only way we can become whole is if He does the work. We only become “whole”, complete people through the provision of His sacrifice.
2. Chp. 18-27 The second part of this involves the day to day walk in wholeness where we trust in His provision.
God never tells us how we are to live whole before Him until He first has provided the means to do so!
The word “Leviticus” is the Latin translation from the Greek word which means “Pertaining to the Levites”. The Hebrew title is translated “And He called”; the book is attributed to Moses and for good reasons as 56 times in these 27 chapters we are told that God imparted these words to Moses covering the economic, civil, moral and religious law to God’s people. Based upon the book we know that no geographical migration took place during the time the book was composed thus it was written while Israel was camped at the foot of Mount Sinai. The book reveals the more difficult work of God with regards to His children which is not their salvation but rather their sanctification. Think of this folks God delivered Israel out of Egypt in one night but it took over 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel. Oh how true this is for us as God’s design for us is far more than delivering us from bondage, His desire is to deliver us into the sanctuary of His love. He wants far more for us than just our redemption, He wants more than our deliverance, He wants our devotion!
This has ben Pastor Dale, Blessings!