Faithfulness As Holiness
September 2 – Faithfulness As Holiness
Read Leviticus 19:12
Leviticus is a book of the Bible that doesn’t get a lot of discussion. Many people have tried to read it and gotten lost in the language or confused by what seem to be hopelessly trivial rules and regulations.
It helps to approach with some understanding of what it is. The book has 2 major purposes – 1) to outline and specify the duties of priests and Levites in worship and 2) to instruct the Israelites in living as children of the one true God.
Chapter 19, verse 2 is a key verse in understanding Leviticus. God instructed Moses, “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’” God wanted His people to live lives that were very different from other people.
Tell the Truth
Leviticus 19:12 says, “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” In other words, it is misusing the name of God to swear by His name that you are telling the truth when you are telling a lie.
A couple of phrases come to mind. I have heard people say, “With God as my witness…” to convince someone that they are telling the truth. If they are telling the truth, they have used God’s name with respect. If they are lying, they have not used it with respect.
In court, a person swears that they are going to tell the truth “so help me God.” If they tell the truth, they have been consistent in character with God Himself and have not misused His name. If they lie, they have misused His name.
It is about being holy like God is holy.
Do you agree that it is a serious offense to God to use His name to convince people that they are telling the truth when they are not?
Why or why not?