Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the Lord. Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord [Lev. 22:31–33].
They were to be a witness for God. They were not to go as witnesses to the ends of the earth as you and I have been called to do today. They were called to serve God as a nation. As they did this, the whole world would come to Jerusalem. God’s holy name was to be represented in every act of worship.
What was to be the motivation for their obedience? Dr. Andrew A. Bonar gives five reasons: (1) “I am the Lord”; (2) “I will be hallowed among the children of Israel”; (3) “I am the Lord which hallow you”; (4) “I am the Lord which brought you out of Egypt”; (5) “Your God.”
“I am the Lord which hallow you.” There is liberty for the believer today, but liberty does not grant license. The holiness and righteousness of God must be zealously maintained in all our worship.
“I am the Lord which brought you out of Egypt.” God has saved you, my friend. God saves you by grace. He didn’t save you with the idea of exacting commensurate work from you. Then it wouldn’t be grace. Grace does not demand payment. But let me ask you a question. Do you love Him? Do you want to serve Him? The wife doesn’t fix a birthday dinner for her husband because it is her duty. She does it because she loves the old boy! And the true believer will serve God because he loves Him.
“I am the Lord which hallow you, that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God.” Is He your God, my friend? If He is, then you represent Him. (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson), 1997 © 1981 by J. Vernon
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