As Christians we know we were never promised easy, just eternity. God has provided us all we need to know though to get through each day. I challenge all of you to spend time in the book of Leviticus over the next few days. It is a challenging book to read. It’s nothing but rules and regulations when taken at face value.
So why is it important for us today to know what God expected of the Hebrews before Jesus came to make the new covenant with us? Do we really need to know what man needed to do in order to be clean after touching the wrong thing or giving birth or having the rain fall on the wrong thing at the wrong time?
Leviticus tells us to distinguish between the holy and the common In today’s world, this message tells us to recognize the difference between holy (serving because you are answering the call) and common (serving because it is expected of you). The service may provide the same end result for the receiver, but the reason (condition of the heart) is not the same and it is this that we will answer for.
Leviticus also tells us to distinguish between the clean and unclean. If something was clean, the Hebrews could participate in it; if unclean they should not or there would be a price to pay. It is the same today. Clean are the functions of life – take care of yourself, your family, friends, home, work, etc while doing no harm. The unclean, the addictions of the world today, idolatry, perversions, doing harm to others.