Leviticus 19:17–18 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your neighbor and not bear sin because of him".
Chapter 19 has two primary commands,
(1) the command to be holy, and
(2) to love one’s neighbor as one’s self.
There is a direct relationship between these two commands.
The holiness of God is demonstrated by His people as they love their neighbor. In the New Testament Someone asked Jesus—what are the most important commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures?
First, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6, that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength.
The second is similar.
It is Leviticus 19:18 – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus quoted this verse four times in the New Testament.
The command to love others is grounded in loving oneself. God doesn’t allow much room for hate in our hearts. But when we are personally wounded by someone, it is better to tell them of our hurt than to carry resentment against them.
When we rebuke another we should do it in a spirit of helping that person, not in a spirit of seeking revenge. God is dealing with something deeper than our actions;
He is dealing with our heart.
Can we honestly love someone, those who mistreated us?
True reconciliation is from the heart of God.
Be honest with others and always do everything in love.
Who will vomit you out?
LEVI ✝ ICUS 18:24-28
This chapter begins with an instruction to the Israelites not to follow the practices of the nations surrounding them (v 1-3)
(I) They were not to live in the ways of Egyptians (Past)
(II) They are not to live like the Canaanites(Future)
(III) They are to abide with the Lord (Present)
The God of the past, the God of the present and the God of the future knew that the Israelites would face temptation to live according to the beliefs and practices of the people of the land. In today's passage the Lord was reminding his people about their past failure, exposing the sinfulness (Unlawful Sexual Relationship) of the people living in the land and giving them assurance and warning.
Assurance of His sovereignty
~ The phrase," I am the Lord occurs 42 times in chapters 18-26, and is repeated six times in this passage (v 2,4,5,6,22,30)
~ Chapter 18 begins with the phrase,"I am the Lord your God and ends with the same phrase I am the Lord your God.
> Six times Israel is warned not to follow the example of pagans (v 3,24,26-27,30)
> A number of DONTs are given. Certain terms are important to ponder upon: Dishonour (v8) ; Wickedness(v 17); Detestable(v 22,26,29) & Perversion(v 23). All these acts are unlawful in God's presence.
The Canaanites were doing all these detestable things before the Israelites came in. The land was defiled. The Lord punished the Canaanites for these sins and the land vomited out its inhabitants(v 25)
Jesus said,"I will spit (vomit) you out of my mouth because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold". Rev 3:16
Watch out? Are you lukewarm ⁉
✅"The Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.." The Lord did it because Jonah repented and prayed.? Jonah was given a second chance. But you and I may not get a second chance.. let us not do the detestable things... For if we do, it will vomit us out, as it vomited out the nations (v 28).
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Tale of two goats
Two goats without blemish stood before the high priest.
Lots were cast.
One goat was chosen to be slain.
The priest led that goat to the altar to be killed as sin offering for the people.
It's blood was sprinkled on the atonement cover.
That goat was the sacrifice.
That demonstrated the fatal consequences of sin.
The other goat was the scapegoat.
The priest placed both hands on its forehand and confessed the sins of Israel.The goat was led out in the wilderness and let loose.
That goat demonstrated that once atonement was made the sins of the people would be carried away and forgotten
That goat was the substitute.
These two goats constituted ONE sin offering which illustrates the TWO aspects of the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus accomplished as our High Priest.
Christ fulfilled both aspects of our offering in Himself. He was the Lamb of God who was slain.*He offered Himself as a Sacrifice for our sins.He died in our place as our Substitute..for our sins
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins not only for our sins but for the sins of the whole world.(1 John 2:2)
He was also the scapegoat.He bore our sins on Himself and removed our sins far from us.
As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
And above all He gave us His righteousness. (Hebrews 9:7)
Let our hearts be filled with gratitude as we think of our Lord's great sacrifice for us.
In response what can we do to Him but to love Him with all our hearts and to offer our whole lives for His service.