Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:8 & 14:1-15:33
In last week’s blog, I quoted Leviticus 11:45: “For I am the LORD, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; thus you shall be holy for I am holy.” God gave us the tools we need to be holy, just as He is holy! God delivered Israel from the land of Egypt (slavery) so that they would be a people set apart unto Him, for His glory. And that principle holds true today, both for the Jewish people as well as those who are grafted-in to the commonwealth of Israel (believers in Messiah Yeshua). Through Yeshua, we have been delivered from slavery (to sin) into His kingdom. We are to be holy and set apart unto Him, for His glory and His namesake! The scripture portion from last week ends with the an important spiritual principle that leads us to this week’s reading: “…to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.”
In this week’s parasha, we continue with the distinction between clean and unclean in the eyes of the Lord, as our reading deals with bodily discharges (after a woman gives birth, the issue of the discharge of men and the monthly bleeding of women) as well as leprosy, a highly contagious disease.
This can be a difficult passage to understand, especially for believers who are not familiar with the Jewish rituals of purity. When one looks at the list and details of those precepts which the Lord gave to Israel, one can very easily get overwhelmed trying to make sense of them. Sadly, today many view those precepts as negative regulations rather than something that a loving God gave us for our own protection and good.
Let us always remember that the precepts given to us by our Creator are for our own good; Since He created everything in this world, He knows better than anyone the difference between that which is good for us (holy), and that which is not (unholy). This is clear right from the beginning, as we see in the account of Adam and Eve. God gave Adam and Eve a specific boundary to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil not only to protect His relationship with them, but also that they would live an abundant life!
Is there an area in your life where you reject His boundaries? Is there something you need to submit unto Him but are really struggling because you fear it will be too constricting? Remember, He gave us His manual for abundant life, His Word; all that we need to do is to read it, and allow His Holy Spirit to cleanse us from that which is unholy, in order for us to live lives honoring to the Lord.
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, April 26, 2017, and reposted with permission.