Leviticus 19 is about God wanting us to be as holy as He is. If we couldn’t be holy as God is holy, God wouldn’t have told us to even try to be holy like Him. If it was utterly too difficult to do, He wouldn’t have told us to do it. This is not a random chapter, inserted out of the blue to dumbfound us. This isn’t merely a book of dos and don’ts.
Uncleanness is not a sin in and of itself. It’s a temporary state, not a permanent state. God shows here how to go from unclean to clean, not only of ourselves but of household items, clothing, etc. God is showing us how clean He is and how we are to become like him. This isn’t about “dos and don’ts” but because He wants us to be holy and to be His people.
At the beginning of a chapter with three parables about God’s seeking to bring back to the Kingdom of God those who are “lost,” Yeshua demonstrated how God makes the “unholy” “holy.”
Up to this point, most of Leviticus has described how the Levites were to serve God. Starting at this point, we now start to learn how God wants the people to serve him.
Continuing the study of "the saints" in Acts 9:32, we learn that righteousness and holiness are gifts of God. Peter’s healings, including baptism of the dead, show that the "commonwealth of Israel" isn’t a new Israel but a more inclusive Israel. Continue reading Acts 9:32-46 — Peter demonstrates imputed holiness, righteousness, ‘greater Israel’
Some devout believers in Yeshua (Jesus) think they can never call themselves "holy" or "saints" because they still sin. So why does God and His servants apply such terms frequently to those who sincerely seek Him? At the heart of holiness is God’s acquittal of sin through Yeshua, rather achieving sinlessness. Continue reading Acts 9:32 — Who are “saints”?