The cleanness laws of Leviticus shaped the community of Israel to match the character of her holy Lord as he revealed it in his creation. Israel would learn to love what he loved and to hate what he hated. She would learn to be like him and enjoy his life-giving presence. But creation itself was just the starting point for seeing and savoring God's harmonious order. The end-point was God's kingdom, and the road from starting point to ending point was laid out by God's covenant. By keeping covenant with God through these cleanness laws, Israel was saying, in effect, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
We now live under the new covenant, which has huge ramifications for how we participate in what is clean and avoid what is unclean. But the basic thrust remains the same, "Your kingdom come." Join us this Lord's Day as we joyfully and humbly strive to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (#19)
How Firm a Foundation (#610)
My Soul, Be on Thy Guard (#595)
How Good Is the God We Adore (#738)
Old Testament: Leviticus 19:19-37; Psalm 19
New Testament: Luke 12:1-21
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series - Clean and Unclean in Our Worship (Part 2) - Leviticus 11-15