Words from the Heart for Thursday January 31st, 2019
I am the Lord your God. Set yourselves apart. Be holy, because I am holy.
Leviticus 11:44 (NIRV)
Although Newfoundland and Labrador comprise one province, they are two very separate physiographic regions. The island of Newfoundland is connected to the Appalachian region that impacts much of the eastern portion of North America. The region of Labrador is part of the Canadian Shield that forms most of Canada.
Sometimes the commands of God that seem the simplest are in fact the most challenging. Such is the case in Leviticus 11:44: “I am the Lord your God. Set yourselves apart. Be holy, because I am holy.” God is by nature holy. We are not. Holiness simply means to be set apart. This certainly describes God, and it certainly does not describe us. His holiness separates Him from all other gods, from any sin, from anything that is impure in any way. Our lives are marked by many things that would separate us from Him. And yet He calls us to be holy as He is holy. How is that possible? Well, it isn’t possible by human effort. The Bible says that all our good deeds are like a pile of filthy rags. They can never make us holy or atone for our sin. There is a picture of how God is going to solve this in the sacrificial worship of the Israelites. God’s fulfillment of the call for us to be holy is described beautifully in the words of Isaac Watts old hymn: Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain could give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain. But Christ, the heavenly Lamb takes all our sins away; A sacrifice of nobler name, And richer blood than they.”
These have been words from the heart.