Leviticus 11 & 12: Will You Sanctify Yourself?
Verse of the Day: (11:44) For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1. Speak (11:1-43)
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. (11:2)
God gave Moses and Aaron the awesome responsibility of speaking and sharing to Israel all the laws concerning the clean and the unclean animals, the sea creatures, and the fowls as to what were edible and inedible. As God is the Creator, He surely knows what is best for His people so that they remain not only healthy, but happy in Him. Today, after Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came and died and shed His precious blood for the atonement of the sins of the whole world, we are no longer subjected to these laws, and whatever we eat and do, we eat and do all for the glory of God. However, there are some Christians who still keep and practise some of these laws for health reasons. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Nevertheless, the most important responsibility for the Christians is to share the gospel that Jesus came and died for our all sins, that whoever believes in Him, shall never perish in fiery hell, but have everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven. (Matthew 28:18-20)
2. Sanctify (11:44-47)
For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. (11:45)
Time and again, God through Moses reminded Israel that it was God who delivered Israel out of their bondage in Egypt, and they must be sanctified and cleaned in their hearts and minds so that God could use them as His witnesses, and they shall inherit the land of Canaan, God’s Promised Land. Let us therefore sanctified and cleaned our hearts and minds with God’s holy word so that He can mightily use us to share the gospel that Jesus saves so that all shall come to know Christ, and let Christ be known. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
3. Separation (12:1-8)
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child, then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. (12:2)
Besides food, God through Moses commanded the women of Israel to be sanctified or separated when they were at childbirth. Again, we no longer have to follow these laws after Jesus came and died and shed His precious blood for our sins. Jesus frees us from the bondage of law as we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Indeed, we are His beloved children bound for the golden mansions in pearly heaven. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to sanctify myself and be cleaned by Your holy Word.