October 26, 2008 am  The Rest of the Story  Leviticus 19

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Chruch

I saw a sign this week that said, “7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.”  Everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, this is the rest of the story.  In Exodus 20 God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses to give to His people.  Now the rest of the story is God’s design for the people of life.  This is what God says we should be, so that we may live. 

Leviticus 19     The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.
15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.
“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.
17 “‘Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

The Living Be’s:  Is the Lord God your God?  You have heard about Him and you know about Him, but do you know Him? 

  1. Be Holy:  To be holy means to be consecrated, dedicated or set apart for God.  It means that the one striving to be holy is devoted to the service of God.  Holiness for us is that we follow God and strive to be like Him.  Holiness for God shows who He is.  In His character His brightness shines and His separation from all of creation shows He alone is God.  For us to be His is to seek to become like Him.  Above all God is as He told Moses that “I am.”  This shows that He lives.  Always and forever God lives and calls us to be like Him, so that we too may live.  In His holiness He invites us to live.  As we seek to be like Him we live with Him and are decicated to Him and His service.   This is the rest of the story of what it means to be Holy. 

 

a. Meaning:  In the OT, the main Heb. root denoting holiness or the holy is qdŝ. It appears as a noun, verb and adjective over 850 times. In the lxx, the qdŝ group is translated primarily by the hagios group, the usage which forms the semantic background of hagios and cognates in the NT. Etymological studies suggest for qdŝ at least two associations, namely, ‘separation’ and ‘brightness’ (Muilenberg, 617) but the result of such studies are of limited value. More fruitful is a consideration of the term as the focal point of an idea which emerges by reference to its context and the wider semantic field.

  1. Be Fair:  To be fair indicates in our relationship with others we are reasonable, just, impartial, evenhanded, and non discriminatory.   God is a God in relationship with His creation.  So are we called to be like Him in relationship with others that is a right relationship.  So to be holy means that we would be fair and just like Him. 

 

  1. Be Complimentary to others:  Instead of slandering our neighbors we should be complimentary and build them up.  Instead of tearing them down.  We should seek to help them and protect them and not to spread lies and gossip. 
  1. Be Protective of others:  Don’t do things that endanger others, but seek to protect your neighbors.  Guard them as you would guard yourself, because you care and you are holy. 

 

  1. Be Loving in your heart:  Instead of having secret hate in your heart we should strive to care for others as God cares for us.  The problem is that we must agree with God.  This means to confess.  I John 1:9 says that if we confess … that God is faithful and just to forgive us.  So then we have agreed with God and told Him our sin and repented from that sin.  Now we are on the way to becoming loving in our heart. 
  1. Be Honest with others:  If you care for others then you will be honest with them and tell them the truth in love.  Why?  Because you care.  If they are in trouble then you would tell them, and if they are in danger you would tell them.  Tell them the truth in love. 

 

  1. Be Forgiving:  Since you have been forgiven then you have forgiveness to give.  You won’t be holding a grudge, but you will forgive and forget.  You won’t seek revenge or try to get even, because you are holy.  You are like God in your life.  This is the rest of the story. 
  1. Be Loving in your life: Holiness shows that you are loving in your heart and you are loving in your life.  You words, actions, and your mind are all set on the things of God as you strive to be like Him.  Why should you strive for these things?  Because you can and you want to become like Him who gives you life.  The secret to living forever is found in the heart of the Creator of Life.  He says to become like Him and live.  He invites to love Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  Know Him and all of His fullness by knowing Jesus.  Who are you?  If you are a child of the King then you may become like Him.  If you aren’t then you can become like Him.  He invites to become one of His.  Then as a child of the King of kings He says to become holy as He is holy.  This is the way that we can live with Him and for eternity. 

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Le 19:1-2.

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Le 19:15-18.

OT Old Testament

lxx Septuagint (Gk. version of OT)

NT New Testament

D. R. W. Wood and I. Howard Marshall, New Bible Dictionary, 3rd ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1996). 477.