“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”
As you begin to read I think you might say “Hey, these all fit into one of the 10 commandments”.
The first and last section deal with a person’s relationship to God ( 3-8, 32-36), and the second and fourth with one’s relationship with others (9-18, 30- 31). The central section deals with man’s relationship to himself (19-29). I once took a study on ” chiastics” to find these patters and it wasn’t for me (I never went past the first class, I would rather be getting cavities filled) Did I just say that out loud?
All of chapter 19 is important, and if this is your first time reading the Bible, look forward to your second time…because you will see things like 19:9 about leaving the edge of your field and say “Ohhhh that’s what Ruth was doing!” HOWEVER, which command in all of Chapter 19 was the one most quoted by Jesus? (If your Bible has cross references in the margin, you should see it immediately. Write your guess in comments.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
If you are looking for a black and white answer on whether it is ok to get a tattoo, you are not going to get one from me. That’s your decision. I find it funny that very few Americans read a Bible BUT most of us know a scripture in Leviticus. People’s take on it varies:
- We are not under the law anymore, we’re under grace.
- This passage speaks of an ancient pagan Egyptian practice and not to modern tattooing practices.
- It’s okay if your tattoo honors the Lord, etc.
If you have the time to search Pinterest for tattoo ideas Elliot (my daughter) since you are turning 18 this summer, then you have time to research Leviticus 19:28 😉
The previous two chapters specify correct behavior. This one talks about the consequences for disobedience. It helps us recognize how seriously God regards sin. I have rewritten this section 50 times…I am just going to leave it at that.
Chapter 21 (continued tomorrow into Chapter 22) Rules for Priests:
These chapters tell us
- what the priest must not do
- must not be
- must not offer
More importantly, they are to be set apart, Holy. They are to properly represent God. Always look for Jesus on every page. Jesus completely fulfills all of the Tabernacle rituals so that we, as believers become His Priesthood.
1 Peter 2:
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.