Scripture: Leviticus 18:1-5
Key verse: (2) “. . . I am the LORD, your God . . .”
Reflection: When I was in Seminary, one of my Old Testament professors invited us to go through the Bible and highlight every time God spoke saying: I am the LORD, your God. It was an interesting exercise that reminded me of how much we need a constant reminder, then and now, of who God is as we make our way out of bondage into freedom. The Israelites had been living in Egypt for a long time. They had learned the customs of a culture that ended up enslaving them. This part of the Pentateuch (Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers) recounts the physical and spiritual journey of a people who were being shaped into a community of God’s people. The LORD says: Do not do what you did in Egypt. The book of Leviticus lays out commandments and ordinances for life and worship that will set them apart as God’s people.
Many of the commandments in Leviticus seem strange to us today. We are living in a different time. But, integrity and character remain important as we live out our lives. Following God’s leading and remembering who we belong to is important when we make decisions. Who is the lord of your life? Is it the LORD, our God, the source of all created life or someone or something else? When I was a teenager about to go out with friends, my parents used to say: “Don’t forget who you are.” In other words, don’t forget the family you belong to or the God who loves you. All of these admonitions in scripture are meant to help us remember that we belong to the LORD.
Prayer: Lord of all, you are the source of life, the great I am, the one who calls us by name. Help us to live as your people, remembering that we belong to you, so that we might experience life to the fullest. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].