• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 6, 2021

February 6

Daily Reading: Leviticus 16-18

Leviticus 18:2

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

Thirty-three times. That is how many times the Lord reminds His people: I am the Lord your God. He does so three times in the 18th chapter of Leviticus and seven times in chapter 19. Over and over again the Israelites are reminded that the one giving Moses the commandments is none other than their Lord God. After all, Moses is setting before his nation laws that are extremely different than that which they observed in Egypt. Think about it, for over 400 years they dwelled with the Egyptians. Much of that time they were enslaved, they saw their manner of life, they picked up their way of living, and they were tempted in their lawless unholy wanton sense of abandonment.

Now, Moses is instructing them to live Holy before the Lord. But it wasn't Moses, it was God Himself. Moses was simply the distributor of God's Word. That which is commonly called the "Law of Moses" (a phrase used 22 times in Scripture, 7 times in the New Testament) does not mean that it was Moses' law, but rather God's Law distributed by Moses.

The same is true today whenever a person teaches or preaches from the Bible. It is not the message of the person speaking, it is the message of God as found in His Holy Word. So, let us say that a preacher stands up to preach from Hebrews 13:17 which states: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Upon hearing this verse a person who believes that they do not have to obey or submit to anyone, especially a pastor (as confirmed in verse 7 of Hebrews 13) may become upset, a little agitated, somewhat put out, or even downright angry and offended. "Me obey him! Never."

But remember, it is not the pastor teaching this, it is the I am Lord your God. It is His Word, His command, His teaching, the pastor is simply the mouthpiece. So, that person has a decision to make. It is the same decision that the Israelites had to make in the days of Moses. "Am I going to do that which the world teaches me to do, or am I going to do that which God's Word tells me to do?" This is a real-life conflict that happens often within the hearts of countless numbers of God's People. Obey that which society teaches or that which God's Word teaches?

This is why God did not stop with verse two of Leviticus 18, in that verse He simply declared who it was that was about to give the commands through Moses. No, God did not stop there, He also included verses 3 and 4 which state: After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God. There it is, in just a few words our Father in Heaven described the conflict that rages on today. Which is "Will you do that which the world does, or will you walk in His judgments and ordinances?" After all, He is the I am the Lord your God. Isn't He?

Until tomorrow, Live for Christ today.

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