Most people think that to be holy means to be really good or righteous. Leviticus paints a different picture of the word “holy”. Sure righteousness and goodness are wrapped in with holiness, but the basic thought behind holiness is separation for a specific purpose.
Do you have a good set of china you use only for the holidays? That china is holy… set aside for the holidays. The idea behind Israel’s law was not primarily about good versus bad (though certainly many of the laws were indicative of right vs wrong) but about special versus common…holy versus mundane. As I look at the chapter charts today I see some themes about holiness.
Leviticus chapter 21 sermon topics/titles:
1. Separated From Death :Lev. 21:1-4
2.Separated From Fashion: Lev. 21: 5,6
3. Separated From Culture: Lev. 21:7-15
Leviticus chapter 22 sermon topics/titles:
1. Separated to Sacrifice: Lev. 22: 1-16
2. Give Your Best: Lev. 22: 17-33
3. The Name On the Line: Lev. 22: 31-33
What do you see? 🙂