For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Two things that stuck out to me from this passage:
- The clear command from God for them to be holy as he his holy. To consecrate themselves. God is holiness and they are to seek to be holy as God is holy. But why?
- Because He is the Lord their God. They are now in a relationship because he took the out of Egypt as his people, to be their God.
I think it is so important to see that the law and the expectation of holiness comes AFTER God shows them grace and redeems them out of Egypt as his people to be their God.
We can’t afford to mix these things up. Otherwise, holiness isn’t a means of becoming like God, but to get God in our good graces. To gain his favor. Meanwhile, God already gives us his favor and grace and now that we are already in a relationship, this is how it works: be holy as I am holy.