Reading 8.1: Leviticus 19:1-8

Aug 01, 2010

READ:  Leviticus 19:1-8

General Social Laws

Is there anything about God that is not perfect?

Is there anything that God should have but doesn’t?

Is there anything wrong about God?

Is there anything that God lacks?

Is there any way that God could be improved?

Is there anything/anyone higher, greater, more powerful, or better than God?

Is there anything incomplete about God?

The answer to all those is a loud, resounding ‘NO!’  God is perfect and complete in every way, and although sometimes we may question or doubt Him, that doesn’t change His nature, it just means we don’t have a complete understanding of this complete Being.  God is complete and perfect in every way – God is Holy!

Now, what about humanity!

Is there ever a time when humanity is not perfect?

Is there anything that humans should do but don’t?

Is there anything wrong with humanity?

Is there anything humanity lacks?

Is there any way that the human race could be improved?

Is there anything/anyone higher, greater, more powerful, or better than you?

Is there anything incomplete about mankind?

The answer is a loud, resounding ‘YES!’  The very fact that the whole of humanity cannot agree on at least one single issue (at minimum) is argument enough to say that something is incomplete somewhere.  Aside from that, the fact that the human race and the entire world is bent by wrongs and tainted with evil is proof of the fact that we are not perfect and we are not complete – we are unholy!

“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” It is with these words that God begins to speak to His audience with the instructions of chapter 19.  As you work through and meditate upon these instrucitons spend some time thinking about the angle of how ‘completness’ (e.g. holiness according the the completeness and perfection of God) fits into these verses.

For example, verse 4, ‘Do not turn to idols!’  At any point, the seemingly simple task of worshiping anyone or anything other than God is immediately not brining God the complete focus, love, service, attention, worship and committment that He deserves.  That is not even slightly completely fulfilling what God has created us to be.

Maybe it would be worth pondering what areas of your life are not ‘complete’ in the realm of God.  What areas of your life are not ‘holy’?