Today you should read: Leviticus 18
Today’s passage isn’t really the most quotable chapter of Scripture, and unfortunately it is one some Christians shy away from and opponents of Christianity twist to paint us as bigots and intolerant. In light of the recent Supreme Court rulings concerning the “redefinition” of marriage, verse 22 of this chapter has seen significant attention online, usually in egregious misinterpretations to support hateful, demeaning messages. However, we know that is not what God’s word is about. The Gospel is not a message of hate, but of hope. We believe that Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
Back to Leviticus. God lays out for the children of Israel guidelines and boundaries for their sexual relationships. As the people traveled between different cultures, they would encounter many things which the society held as an idol but God had deemed abominable. The LIfe Application study Bible has this commentary:
Several abominations, or wicked actions, are listed here (1) having sexual relations with close relatives, (2) committing adultery, (3) offering children as sacrifices, (4) having homosexual relations, and, (5) having sexual relations with animals. These practices were common in pagan religions and cultures, and it is easy to see why God dealt harshly with those who began to follow them. Such practices lead to disease, deformity, and death. They disrupt family life and society and reveal a low regard for the value of oneself and others. Society today may take some of these practices lightly, even trying to make them acceptable. But they are still sins in God’s eyes.
We know that God hates sin, and we know that we only earn death from that sin. Thanks be to God, He did not leave us there! The point of this passage today is God showing the children of Israel and us today how to live holy lives amongst an unholy society. He knew that we would never be able to reach the level of perfection necessary to restore our relationship with Him on our own, so He gave His only Son to pay the price for our sin. If we only believe in Him and confess Him as Lord, we can be restored to a right relationship with God.
Some quick things to take with you today:
- We must remember that All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16)
- We need to remember we are sinful creatures. But God loves us enough to reveal Himself to us and to show us how to live holy lives.
- God loved us so much that He not only showed us how to live holy lives, He came to earth as a man and gave up His own life to impute to us, or put on us, His righteousness.
- Though we live in a fallen and broken world, God is still on His Throne.
Posted by: Alex Boswell