Jonathan writes, "So how do we approach G-d today? Are we aware of His holiness - might our approach incur sin or guilt and, if so, what might happen?"
Jonathan writes, "We have to make that decision and then be intentional about subduing our cravings and desires for material or emotional gratification. The Bible wouldn't tell us we have the choice if it couldn't be done."
Jonathan writes, "This illustrates an important principle: that HaShem has no favourites and provides for all of His people, regardless of their position or status. We see it in the provision of the manna in the desert."
Jonathan writes, "The world is full of people who do not know G-d, who do not want to know G-d and do not consider His word from one moment to the next. But there are also people who call themselves believers who do not carry out their responsibilities."
Jonathan writes, "Almost the last command in Vayikra as the book draws to an end, this and its companion two verses earlier, cause some confusion to the commentators."
Jonathan writes, "Like the patriarchs, we must always have in mind the eternal city to which we have been called; that alone will endure, while the current age, fashion and culture will pass like the wind."
Jonathan writes, "Is that what setting ourselves apart to G-d means? Do we, like the nazarites, have to make a vow to be holy for thirty, sixty or ninety days, restarting the count if we mess up and touch or do something sinful?"
Jonathan writes, "Notice how similar this is to our text: believers have been redeemed from lawlessness (as were the Israelites from Egypt) so that they might be Yeshua's possession, a people of His own, who are eager to obey Him and do the right thing."
Jonathan writes, "What, then, is the significance of this for today? Simply that before moving on into G-d's future, He asks us to celebrate and acknowledge His past: the things that He has done, both through history and in our own lives."
Jonathan writes, "But there are times when G-d gives us a vision of what He wants to do and directs us to wait and prepare so that we are ready when He has worked everything into a straight line."