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Week 33 The Lord is Holy
May 27, 2013
The Lord is Holy
“I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”
- Leviticus 11: 45
In the time of Moses when the Israelite were now out of the land of Egypt, they were in camp from one place to another. They did not have a steady land to live by. They did not build houses of strong foundations for themselves that could lasts for years. They did not made a certain place their dwelling place without knowing what the Lord has to say. On those days, they were not yet in the land the Lord has promised to his faithful servants which was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were still on their way for it. It was the Lord who was leading them through. They were moving according to the Lord’s command. By day the Lord went ahead of them by which all can be most aware of. The Lord guided them in the daylight through a pillar of cloud. The cloud was in front of the people. By this, the Israelites went by the Lord’s will. It was also by night that the Israelite can also travel. At the setting of the sun, a familiar sight would soon take the place of the pillar of fire. By night, a pillar of fire is visible for the people to be shed light upon.
It was also those days that the Lord has set upon commands for the Israelite to follow. These commands were to keep the Israelite in high regard with the Lord. It would set them upon from others. By obeying these commands, it would be transparent to see the difference they would have from the other kingdoms. The Lord set the rules for the things which are clean and unclean. It was stated that they should be clean and not be unclean. Their cleanliness would please the Lord sincerely.
The cleanliness by which the Lord wanted them to live by in their lives was not by that of the things that one can easily see. It isn’t in any of one’s clothing. It isn’t physical. What the Lord has it in his plan was to make the Israelite free from any uncleanness. He wanted them to live their lives according to his will because it is through this that they would live a life clean from sin. Disobedience in the Lord is sin and it makes one unclean. It sets him apart from the stature by which the Lord is in. it is like dirt that often gets in one’s clothing. It sticks to one’s shirt and stay there until it is cleanse in washing. It makes one filthy and each of us has his or her own experiences when it comes to having one’s things to wear in a seemingly unbearable state. In order to use it to its finest like before, it must be clean thoroughly. We put it in the water and have the soap in our hands ready to use it. In order to make one clean once again, it is only through the Lord that such can be done. By asking him forgiveness for our sins, we acknowledge his goodness into our lives. We eventually take it to account what a loving and forgiving God he is.
One such example in the bible is Job. He was the greatest man among all the people of the east. He was unlike any other. Then a time came when the Lord came to test his faithfulness. He was overseeing how Job would take the things that had happened to him into account. Various kinds of unfortunate things came to Job. His livestock were gone in a single day. His servants were no more to be seen. What once was the richest man in the land of Uz became a laughingstock by passerby. He was ridiculed. He sat with the diseases that were on his skin. He barely had anything to eat. Thirst and hunger were on his mouth. He suffered a lot. But, In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (Job 1:22). He maintained his integrity. He still glorified the Lord even though heavy was his fall. Then the time came when the Lord spoke to Job in regard to the things that happened to him. The Lord saw the faithfulness that was in Job and in account of this, he brought back twice of what Job had lost. The livestock that numbered to thousands were now more than what was before. The Lord made Job prosperous again to twice as much. All that knew him before came and comforted him over all the trouble he had gone through. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He lived a long life. He was blessed once again with great descendants. He lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.
The Lord commanded the Israelite to consecrate themselves and be holy. These mean that they should keep themselves away from any uncleanness and the message also applies for us fellow believers in faith. The Lord is holy and to take his love into our lives is something that greatly pleases him. To be the person he intends for us to be would mean much worthy to take into account and by this, to apply his word in our lives is something that must be in the way we live accordingly to his name.