Notes: March 29, 2008 – Leviticus 19

Bible study guide in English from Trinity International Baptist Church in Athens, Greece

God is holy, and His people must be holy, too.

Leviticus 11:44  For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Leviticus 11:45  For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Leviticus 20:26  And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
Leviticus 21:8  Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.
1 Peter 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

In this chapter, God demands holiness regarding several themes.

I. Parents and the Sabbath (Leviticus 19:1-2)

II. Idolatry (Leviticus 19:3)

III. Peace-offerings (Leviticus 19:4)

IV. Harvesting and gleaning (Leviticus 19:9-10)

V. Lying and stealing (Leviticus 19:11)

VI. Perjury (Leviticus 19:12)

VII. Cheating employees (Leviticus 19:13)

VIII. The disabled (Leviticus 19:14)

IX. Bias in judgment (Leviticus 19:15)

X. Tale-bearing (Leviticus 19:16)

XI. Hatred and unkindness (Leviticus 19:17)

XII. Revenge (Leviticus 19:18)

XIII. Cross-breeding and cross-weaving (Leviticus 19:19)

XIV. Rape (Leviticus 19:20-22)

XVI. Fruit-picking (Leviticus 19:23-25)

XVII. Superstitious practices (Leviticus 19:26-28)

XVIII. Prostitution (Leviticus 19:29)

XIX. Sabbaths (Leviticus 19:30)

XX. Wizards and psychics (Leviticus 19:31)

XXI. Respect for elders (Leviticus 19:32)

XXII. Foreigners (Leviticus 19:33-34)

XXIII. Just weights and measures (Leviticus 19:35-36)


Meditation Points:

  • People who lived in conformity with these rules would certainly be different from their non-conforming neighbors.
  • Spiritual devotedness to God affects all areas of our lives.
  • Not all spiritual practices are acceptable to God. Superstitious traditions should be abandoned.
  • He who loves God will love his neighbor-his employee neighbor, his disabled neighbor, his foreign neighbor, his married neighbor, his unmarried neighbor, his older neighbor, all his neighbors.
  • Honesty is expected in our business and in our social relationships.