I have been reading the book of Leviticus and it is not my favorite old testament book. It is filled with rules and regulations set by God in order for his people to live a life set apart from other nations. The other nations worship many [false] gods and idols. The nation they were delivered from also worship idols and, so they were accustomed to idol worship. Countless of times God said why they must live this way: “For I am the Lord your God.” He wanted them to remember that. He was the one that redeemed them from slavery and bondage. No idol could do that. In fact, if you read Isaiah 46, the Prophet wrote that the very people he redeemed were now worshipping idols they have made and he asked them “Can your idols save you?” They have eyes to see but do not see. They have ears to hear, but do not hear and they have mouths to speak, but are mute. They are just molden images made to look like man or beast and his people bow down to them!
God has also given his people festivals and I wonder what it was like in those times! 24/7 their whole lives were surrounded by sacred living, but that is not to say it was easy. The people of other nations probably had lured them and tempted them to live a life outside of God wants for them. This is true for us Christians as well. The Apostle Peter quoted Leviticus 19:7 “Be Holy for I am holy.” We are His children and we are also set apart for his purposes too. He gives his Word to live by, a manual you might say. When Jesus was on earth, he not only demonstrated to his disciples how they ought to live, but to us too! And after his death and resurrection, Peter, Paul, James, and Jude were moved by the Holy Spirit to write their epistles. Most all of them quoted scriptures from the Old Testament and also wrote on some things that Jesus taught.
Romans 12:1,2 are good verses to follow: 1)I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2)2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” You renew your mind by reading and studying the Word. You present your body by how you live your life. Are you going to live contrary to what God’s Word says, or are you going to be doers of the Word?